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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Author Interview & Book Giveaway with Lena Nelson Dooley

Please welcome my dear friend and fellow author, Lena Nelson Dooley! I first met Lena at an ACFW Conference in Dallas, TX. We were at Michelle Sutton's Chocolate Party! I was a little depressed because after 10 years, I still had not received a contract offer, and I began to wonder if God was going to bless my writing or if His silence on the matter was my answer.

Lena prayed with me and encouraged me. She is a wonderful encourager and she has a writing critique group where she works with a number of inspiring writers and new authors.

She has agreed to give away one copy of her new novel, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. Please leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner.

Please welcome.....Lena Nelson Dooley!

Of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite and why?

I am often asked this question. Answering it is like answering the question, “Which of your children is your favorite?” And the answer is much the same. I love all my books for differing reasons. They’re all unique. Sometimes I quip, “It’s the one I’m writing right now.” I thoroughly enjoyed writing my newest release.

Tell us about your latest book.

Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, is a book of my heart. I love the characters. I enjoyed watching them grow during the book. I didn’t want to let them go at the end.

All that glitters is not gold. It’s 1892, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when wealthy old miner Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he decides to place an ad for a mail-order bride. His friend Jeremiah Dennison opposes the scheme, arguing that any woman crazy enough to come to Golden will be a gold-digger like everyone else in town. Jeremiah appears to be right when the ad is answered by Madeleine Mercer, a young woman who arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over the old miner—and Jeremiah himself—a stranger comes to Golden armed with new accusations that could tarnish Madeleine’s character beyond redemption.

If you can’t find the book where you live, you can order it using this link:

What are you currently reading?

Thin Places by Mary DeMuth. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, except when doing research for a book, but this memoir is wonderful. I highly recommend it to your readers.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of that may or may not be writing-related?

Not my accomplishment, but being loved by a wonderful man for over 45 years is way up there.
Raising two daughters who are successful adults.
Helping over a dozen authors learn enough to get their first book contract.

What a wonderful testimony to a great marriage and being a mother so close to Mother's Day! A few of my friends are in your critique group and they love it. As for your writing, do you edit as you go or wait until completing the first draft? How many drafts?

I edit as I go. I can’t help myself. That’s just the way I’m wired. Probably no more than 4 drafts.

What are some ways that readers of your books can help you as an author?

If you like my books, tell your friends. Have them come to my blogs. Write reviews on the Internet book sites. Encourage your friends to write reviews as well. Pray for me.

What are your favorite writing conferences and why?

Since I write fiction, the national American Christian Fiction Writers conference each year is a must for me. But there are also some very good regional conferences. I’ve spoken at both the Texas Christian Writers Conference in Houston and the North Texas Christian Writers Conference in Roanoke. But both of these are for people who write all kinds of things, not just fiction.

Thank you Lena, for visiting with us!

If you would like to learn more about Author Lena Nelson Dooley, you can visit her website at:

Remember, if you would like a chance to win a copy of Love Finds you in Golden, New Mexico, please leave a comment with your email.


Nice interview! I would love a chance to win. Please enter me.

Michelle V

Please enter me! The book sounds great! :)

I love the 'Love Finds You' books and I have also enjoyed Lena's other books.

I have been enjoying reading the Love Finds You books. Please enter me in the drawing.


Hi Leena! Great interview, and the book also sounds great. Would love the opportunity to win it.

Please enter me:) Thanks!!


Michelle, K, Wendy, Jo, Shawna, and Charity,

Thanks for stopping by. And you can learn more about Jennifer Hudson Taylor on my blog:

Wonderful interview! Would love a chance to win! Thanks so much!

Mollydawn1981 at aol dot com

As always, I thoroughly enjoy meandering around your blog and gathering ideas for reading and/or writing. Thank you for such a meaty, creative resource!


i would love to win! I was looking at the copies in Walmart yesterday! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

I'm not an author, but it seems that Lena does so much to support and encourage other writers. I love that about her and definitely want to read her new book, as well as yours, Jennifer! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

I love the LFY books...and am a fan of Lena's. Please enter me. Thanks!!!