Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 2: Interview with Lena Nelson Dooley

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Lena Nelson Dooley back to PASTimes. Today Lena is here to share more about two Christmas collections she is in this winter.

Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had over 850,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of ACFW and CAN.

She has appeared on CBA Bestseller list and Amazon Bestseller lists. Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.

Lena speaks at women’s groups, writers groups, and conferences. She is a co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer blogtalk radio show. She lives in Texas with the love of her life. They celebrated their 51st anniversary earlier this month.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and LinkedIn.


Lena, welcome back to PASTimes! What did you learn as you wrote A Texas Christmas?

To trust the Lord. He always knows best, even in the novels and novellas I write.

What do you hope readers remember after your stories end?

That God has only good plans for our lives, and we need to follow the dream He plants in our hearts.

What surprises you most as you write?

When I’m writing, God often changes the way a specific scene should unfold. This shouldn’t surprise me, because those scenes are often the ones readers contact me about, telling me how the scene changed their life or thinking.

What piece of advice do you have for readers who want to write? If you could teach them something what would it be?

First, seek the Lord and follow His directions. Then, get connected with other authors.

What’s next for you?

I could say, “I wish I knew.” I’m in between projects right now. I’m working with a Christian production company on a movie, and my agent has sent out a proposal that two editors have asked for the first manuscript of the series. So we are awaiting the outcome.

What has been the strangest/most unexpected part of your writing journey?

How many books God has given me to write. I don’t think I’ll live long enough to get them all written.

What are you currently reading?

This time of year, I read Christmas books. Right now, I’m reading The Incense Road by Tracy Higley. Very interesting.

Which of your books would you love to see turned into a movie?

Can I say, “All of them”? Just kidding. I have an early series, Minnesota Brothers, that would make good movies. Then Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. It’s out of print, and the rights have reverted to me. I’m going to re-title it The Gold Digger and release it again. And My McKenna’s Daughters series would make three good movies. With a background in drama, I write visually. Readers are always telling me that these particular books I’ve mentioned should be made into movies.

Where can readers find you?

Readers can find me a lot of places online.


Thanks for joining us, Lena!

Lena is giving away one copy of A Texas Christmas to one reader and a copy of 21 Days of Christmas to another reader. All you need to do is use the form below to enter.

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12 comments:

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Thank you so much for featuring me two days on this wonderful blog.

Susan P said...

Lovely interview, thank you for sharing with us.

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful seeing Ms. Dooley here! Thank you for the interview.

Anonymous said...

Great interview Lena!Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Susan, Caryl, and Shelia, it's so good to see all of you here.

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