Q & A with author Lena Nelson Dooley
Michelle: Lena, can you briefly describe your novel `A Heart's Gift`?
Lena: A Heart's Gift is a marriage of convenience book that turns into a suspense in the last part.
Michelle: What's the most memorable "rabbit-trail" one of your characters took you on?
Lena: Actually, I can't remember a rabbit trail, unless it's when the hero goes looking for the doctor and the doctor can't come because there has been a cave-in at the mine.
Michelle: What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
Lena: I have a book that just released (June 29) on Amazon Kindle. It's a 4th of July novella collection with 9 stories. I'm both the publisher and one of the authors. The stories are varied, and three of the authors are debut authors.
Michelle: What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?
Lena: All of the Christian novels I've read have been interesting stories (in several genres) that show how characters deal with some of the same things as all of us. There are some failures and defeats, and there are some victories, just like real life. A lot of people want a good clean read. That's what we give them.
Michelle: What inspired you to write your book, `A Heart's Gift`?
Lena: A Heart's Gift percolated in my heart and brain for a long time before I wrote it. I do think that God often drops story ideas into my mind, and they grow there. There were some surprises that I didn't anticipate as I wrote it.
Michelle: What's your favorite writing environment?
Lena: When my daughters got married and left home, I turned one of their bedrooms into my office. I write using a desktop with an HD wide-screen monitor.
Michelle: Please tell us one random thing your readers might not know about you.
Lena: I'm a recovering perfectionist. Life's much easier now.
Michelle: If you were to live one day in the life of one of your characters, who would it be? Why?
Lena: Probably Katarina Slaughter, the heroine in Strange Voices in the Night, my story in the novella that released.
Lena, Thank you for your time and for visiting New Horizon Reviews.
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Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 875,000 copies of her 30+ books sold. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers http://www.acfw.com/ and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.
- Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award
- Maggie’s Journey, a reviewer's Top Ten Books of 2011 list, the 2012 Selah Award for Historical Novel.
- Mary’s Blessing, Selah Award Second Place
- Catherine’s Pursuit, NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice, CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award second place, Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion.
- Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
- Three Carol Award Silver pins.
- A Texas Christmas ECPA bestseller list
- Love Is Patient ECPA bestseller list
- Mountain Christmas Brides ECPA bestseller list 3 months, Publisher’s Weekly top 10 list 5 weeks
- A Heart’s Gift – finalist in FHL Readers Choice Award contest 2017
She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She is on the Board of Directors for Higher Ground Films and is one of the screenwriters for their upcoming film Abducted to Kill. She has been featured in articles in Christian Retailing, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Her article in CFOM was the cover story.
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. The Lena Nelson Dooley Show is on the Along Came A Writer Blogtalk Radio network.
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. Her blog has a reach of over 65,000.
Official Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=ts
Blogtalk Radio, The Lena Nelson Dooley Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/along-came-a-writer/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JPAIDE