Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Lena Nelson Dooley

Do you travel? Has a place where you have traveled ever sparked a story idea?

I always keep a notebook and camera ready when I travel, so I can use anywhere we go and what we see in a book.

Is there a story behind A Texas Christmas?

My story in the collection is Charlsey’s Accountant. She’s the youngest daughter of four of a rancher in central Texas. She’s the daughter who dresses like a man and works with the hands. I wanted the hero to be a staid accountant from Boston, who doesn’t know that Charlie is female. It made for some really fun misunderstandings.

What is unique about the setting? How does it enhance the story?

We actually created a town loosely based on one of the towns in central Texas. I drew a map of the town to go along with it as the story unfolded.

Do you have favorite spiritual themes?

A lot of my books deal with forgiveness and trusting in God.

What is the last thing you wrote?

I’m actually very nearly finished with my work in progress. It’s the first novel in my Love’s Road Home series. The first book is A Heart’s Gift.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?

My first published work was a short, short story that was published in my college literary magazine.

What’s the most unusual plot twist you ever wrote?

I often take a subject and look at it from a different perspective from what anyone else has, so many of my books have unexpected plot twists.

If your stories are more character driven, what events kick off a change or growth in the character?

Yes, my books are character driven. My theme is Characters Who Grip Your Heart. And that’s what I want my characters to do. There are often unusual catalysts that kick off the change or growth in a character.

How much research do you have to do for the genre in which you write?

Since I am writing more historical than contemporary books right now, I do an enormous amount of research. I want every detail possible to be completely authentic to the setting and the time period. I often use real names of people who lived then in minor characters.

How do you find the time to write?

I’m a fulltime writer. I spend at least 6 hours a day, 5 days a week in my home office, working.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

I have another romance collection coming out in February. It’s Love Is Patient about people who marry later in life. And my agent is marketing my Love’s Road Home series.

Back Cover Blurb

Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges—and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably attracted to a tenderfoot accountant. Vivian shuns marriage until meeting a nomadic photographer. Lacey’s cooking draws a quiet blacksmith out of his shell. Tracker Bessie Mae helps a ranger hunt down a villain.

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About Lena:
Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 800,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

She has been on both the CBA Bestseller list and several Amazon Bestseller lists. Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Her next series, McKenna’s Daughters: Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. The second, Mary’s Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel. Catherine’s Pursuit released in 2013. It was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice contest, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer blog radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

To connect with Lena:

Lena Nelson Dooley is giving away a copy of A Texas Christmas.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Angela Holland said...

This sounds like a good book - thank you for the chance to win -
bookaunt at outlook dot com

Connie said...

It is so good to read about Lens and her newest books. I follow her blog but she is usually highlighting and championing other authors! Love the beautiful cover of A Texas Christmas and I appreciate this giveaway.
Blessings to both of you!
Lena, I am Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I love these novellas, I enjoy the variety of authors and short stories. There are usually some of my favorite authors and I will sometimes find new authors to follow. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book.

wfnren at aol dot com

susanlulu said...

Sounds like a delightful read for this winter.
Susan in NC

Kim Amundsen said...

Sounds like a great read. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. North Platte NE

Patricia Bradley said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this post with Lena. It's always good to learn more about her. And I love that the accountant thinks Charlie is a man.

Linda Kish said...

I love to read Christmas collections. Her stories are always wonderful.
lkish77123 at gmail dot com

sm said...

I enjoy your books, Lena. This story in Texas with confusing male/female names sounds intriguing. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Caryl Kane said...

So wonderful to see Ms. Lena here! I would love to read A Texas Christmas! :)


Anonymous said...

Lena's book are always wonderful!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Joy Hannabass said...

Sounds like a lovely book to read during the Christmas holidays! I enjoy Lena Dooley's books and I know I will enjoy this one!
Blessings. Joy
ibjoy1953(at)yahoo dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

I would enjoy reading this one! thanks for the chance to win a copy :)
dkstevensneAT outlookD OtCoM
Deanna from Nebraska

Britney Adams said...

It's always a pleasure to learn more about Miss Lena! Thank you for sharing this lovely interview and giveaway!

texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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