Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I’ve been married to the love of my life for almost 50 years. We live in Texas. All of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren live close to us, except our army grandson. Actually, I’ve always written. I can’t not write. God created me to write, and I’d be writing, even if I weren’t being published.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I come from a Christian home. Jesus, church activities and church friends have been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 7 years old. Then when I was in my late 20s, I had a dynamic experience with Him that has taken me deeper into His word and deeper in my relationship with Him. I can’t imagine living a life without Him in it.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
My last books are the recently completed McKenna’s Daughters series—Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit. This series is about identical triplets who were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother dies giving birth, and they are separated. They don’t find out until near their 18th birthday that they have sisters.
My books are romantic, but they deal with deep issues as well. They also have important secondary plots. These books deal with bitterness, unforgiveness, a poor self-image, lack of commitment, etc. I want the readers to see these things lived out through the lives of my characters so if they are facing any of these things, they can see their way through with hope and grace.
What is your next project?
I’m the screenwriter on a movie project that should be ready for release by the end of 2014 or early 2015. I’m adapting another author’s book to the screenplay. The story is about truth, love, and hope told through a romantic suspense story, heavy on the suspense. It takes place in the late 20th century in the lives of persecuted Christians.
We’re in the midst of the crowd funding for the startup funds. Anyone can be a part of this wonderful project. Donation amounts from $1 to $10,000 with varying perks. Check them out here:
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I blog 5 or 6 days a week. On my blog, I interview other Christian authors and help promote their books 5 days a week. On Saturdays, I sometimes feature Christian movies or other things. Check it out:
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
When I’m asked this, I often say it’s the one I’m reading right now. I have so many authors whose books I love. I did recently read a very intriguing book from an author I hadn’t read before. Friend Me by John Faubion. The premise was interesting, and it took the technology one step beyond what is available right now but was plausible. It’s also a suspense novel. What’s not to love.
Friend Me is on my wish list. It sounds very good.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
I am not a young woman, so there have been many such events. One I could share is that another publisher had my McKenna’s Daughters series and told my agent that they would send a contract after the first of the year. I was happy about that. But when the first of the next year came, their company decided to go another direction. That hurt … a lot. They had asked to keep the submission for quite a number of months.
But within four months after that, another publisher liked it, took it to committee quickly, and contracted me at a higher royalty percentage. The way things happened, both my agent and I saw God’s had move in many ways during that time.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
I know many people have one life verse. I’ve had verses that God gave me for various periods of my life. The first one was Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. This is the verse He gave me when He told me to become a professional writer.
The one that has been mine for the last several years is Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; especially the phrase “That I may know him.”
Where can we find you on the web? A lot of places
Official Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=ts
Blogtalk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/gate-beautiful-radio-show/
Other blogs where she’s a regular contributor:
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
I love my readers. Many of them have become good friends. I love to hear from them through my website: www.lenanelsondooley.com. I also like to connect with them on social media. Or they can even write me letters. My mailing address is on my website as well.
And if you like reading my books, please write reviews of them on Christianbook.com, Amazon, Barnesandnoble, or other Internet sites. And tell the people you know about my books. Ask your local librarian to put them in the library. Things like the are blessings to authors.
Lena, thanks so much for sharing with my readers. I know they love hearing from authors.
Readers, Lena is giving away a PDF copy of your choice of one of her McKenna’s Daughters books. Just leave a comment by April 1st at 5:00 pm to be entered.