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Monday, February 25, 2008

Lena Dooley's Artful Novels

CONGRATULATIONS to Margaret Chind for winning Carolina Carpenter Brides!!

Welcome, Lena. Here are some questions readers would love to have answered.


1. How do you come up with the ideas for a story?

I spend time with the Lord. I believe He gave me the imagination, so I could write, but spending time with Him often sparks another story idea. Sometimes I see something in the newspaper in real life that sparks one, too.

2. You write both historical and contemporary books. Do you like writing one more than the other? If so, why?

I enjoy both. Some stories work better as historicals, others as contemporary. I’ve sold more historicals, but I also love to write about the present, too.

3. If you were planning a party with contemporary Christian authors, what six people would you invite and why?

I just love to get together with people and have fun.
Tosca Lee – where does she come up with her stories? And she’d add a touch of glamour
James Scott Bell – we need at least one male, and I love his stories.
DiAnn Mills – Her novels about the Sudan should be read by everyone.
Linda Windsor – She’d keep us all laughing.
Nikki Arana – She’ll keep us in touch with what’s going on in some areas we might not visit.
Robin Caroll – I love her Bayou suspense books.

Actually, this was hard. There are so many others I’d want to invite, too.

4. Now let’s do that for a party for historical Christian authors, what six people would you invite and why?

This won’t be any easier, but here goes.
Kathleen Y’Barbo – Have you read Beloved Castaway? Where did she get her ideas?
Terry Burns – The masculine member. Besides he writes wonderful westerns
MaryLu Tyndall – Pirates, pirates, and more pirates
Tricia Goyer – No one else has gotten me to read war stories and like them. Quite a feat.
Tracey V. Bateman – Her soul series was just too good to pass.
And I’d ask you, Louise, I loved your Ahab’s family series.

5. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?

Just like unpublished authors and newly published authors, I have to submit proposals to see more books. Right now, I’m working on several proposals. It takes a lot of work to present new fresh ideas.

6. Tell us about the featured book.

My story in Carolina Carpenter Brides is titled Can You Help Me? It contains misunderstanding and learning to trust someone who has withheld vital information. Set in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, the story starts in a home improvement superstore.

7. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Actually, I’m several places. My web site is: http://www.lenanelsondooley.com/
My blog, where I interview authors, is: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/
I’m also on Shoutlife: www.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooley

I give away free copies of my books on my web site and free copies of the other authors’ books on my blog.


Thank you, Louise, for having me.


LEAVE A COMMENT AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A COPY OF LENA'S Carolina Carpenter Brides.

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18 Comments:

Blogger Tracey Bateman said...

How fun, Lena! I'd love to be part of that group. :)

February 25, 2008 9:17 PM  
Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Awww, Lena...I'd love such a party! What a hoot we'd have!

February 25, 2008 11:44 PM  
Blogger Louise M. Gouge said...

Nikki Arana asked me to post this message:
Hey, let's get together and have that party sometime, Lena! Great interview. I'd love to win the book. Nikki Arana nikkiarana@msn.com

February 26, 2008 8:53 AM  
Blogger Tosca said...

Lena, you are a dear. Let me know where to show up and I'll even cook something.

Eat it at your own risk, but I'll cook something. ;)

Tosca

February 27, 2008 12:49 AM  
Blogger Missy Tippens said...

Fun interview. Thanks, ladies.

I'd love to be entered in the drawing. missytippens [at] aol [dot] com.

Thanks!
Missy

February 29, 2008 7:47 PM  
Blogger Rose McCauley said...

I love Lena's books and would love to win a copy. rose
crmcc at setel.com

February 29, 2008 8:36 PM  
Blogger Delia said...

I'd love to be entered for a chance to win one of Lena's books.

deliamelton[at]aol[dot]com.

February 29, 2008 9:17 PM  
Blogger Julie Lessman said...

Fun interview, Louise and Lena! Sign me up for the contest, please!

gsus at charter dot net

Thank you!

Julie

March 1, 2008 12:20 AM  
Blogger ladystorm said...

Nice Interview! I would love to win a copy of Lena's book.

March 1, 2008 8:38 AM  
Blogger Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Wow! You people are quick! Thanks for visiting the interview.

Maybe we could get both of the groups together for one big party at national conference. Then Tosca wouldn't have to cook anything. . .and neither would I.

March 1, 2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

Hi Lena and Louise,
Enjoyed the interview. Lena's story is a good one. True to life characters who work through their problems.

March 1, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

fun interview! i'd love to win a copy of this book! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com thanks!

March 2, 2008 2:05 PM  
Blogger Donna Moore said...

please enter me in the contest. I would love to win a copy of this book. runninmama[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

March 2, 2008 5:56 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

I love Lena, she is the first author that ever did an interview on my blog with me! I would love to be entered in this drawing...

Janna
ryanx6@msn.com

March 2, 2008 7:25 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

What a great interview. I like the question about the party. It sounds like it would be a hoot of one. Please enter me. I would love to read this book.

pleblanc_1 at charter dot net

March 2, 2008 10:02 PM  
Blogger CherryBlossomMJ said...

oh fun, please enter me.
cherryblossommj(at)gmail[dot]com

March 3, 2008 11:45 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for the opportunity.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

March 17, 2008 9:06 AM  

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