Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not at the same time. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat. And the high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially her fans. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.
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Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico
By Lena Nelson Dooley
All that glitters is not gold.
It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeline Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her reputation beyond redemption.
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Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I’ve always written. I didn’t know that people didn’t write until I married a man who didn’t read of write. He wasn’t illiterate. He just didn’t like to do either. He has become an avid reader of Christian suspense, but he still doesn’t write.
In 1984, God told me to become a professional writer. If your readers want to read the whole story, they can go here: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I’ve always loved mail-order-bride stories, but I didn’t want to write the same old, same old. So I came up with a twist, and the readers have really loved the twist.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I’m sure bits and pieces of people I’ve known sometimes creep in. With my background in drama, both as a director and an actress, I’ve learned to study people and their reactions in different situations.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
This month I finished writing Family Secrets book one in the McKenna’s Daughters series. This book releases in October 2011. When trying to get a feel for the setting for Seattle in 1885, the research librarian in the Seattle Public Library system turned me on to a collection of historical photographs that had been scanned back in 2007. The photos from the decade of 1880-1890 were invaluable to me, and I learned several things I was able to incorporate in the story.
Where do you go to do your research?
I often teach workshops on how to do research. I use books and the internet. I’ve learned how to find sites that can be trusted. Sometimes, I’m able to travel to the location as well.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
As mentioned above, I’m working on the McKenna’s Daughters series. I’m starting book two right now. This one is set near Portland. This series is about triplet sisters whose mother died giving birth on the last wagon train west. They’re separated at birth and don’t find out about their sisters until near their 18th birthday.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
Since I’m a full-time novelist, I go into my office and put in at least six hours a day for 4, 5, or 6 days a week, according to whether I have a looming deadline or not. Some of that time is spent maintaining my Internet presence, and some on research, but most is for writing.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
I have the most supportive, wonderful husband in the world. He understood God’s call on my life and has supported me emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially over the years.
With my children and grandchildren, it’s been a little different. They would say, “That’s my mom, or that’s my grandma. She writes books.” Only recently have they begun to understand the scope of my fan base and writing community.
At a recent church event, my daughter introduced me this way. “This is my mom. She’s a famous author.” That’s probably taking it a little far, but it was fun to hear.
Lena, thank you for stopping by today…I enjoyed our conversation.