Talkin’ Writin’ with Award-Winning Author Lena Nelson Dooley (with Giveaway)

Hey, pardner, welcome to the Coffee Corner! I’m chatting with award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley about what makes her writing special and unique as well as her latest release from Barbour. So grab a cup of joe and stay a while…it’s gonna be a great time.
Oh, I almost forgot to tell ya! Lena’s giving away A PRINT COPY of the Love is Patient Collection. Check out how to enter after the interview…read on!

Renee: Welcome to the Coffee Corner, Lena. I’m so glad you could be here. Let’s get started. I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am. Mmm…where should I start? How about the beginning? How long have you been writing and why did you start?

Lena: I am from a family where writing was just part of everyday life. In May of 1984, God told me to become a professional writer. If you want to know the entire story, including my testimony, you can go to my website,, and click on the About Me tab.

Renee: You hear that, folks? Go to her website! Okay…you’re an amazing writer. You’re an award-winning author, although all a person has to do is read one of your books to know it. I know it’s a technique question…boring…but someone may want to know…how do you write those amazing stories? Planning and plot? Or fly by the seat of your pants?

Lena: I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants writer, but I do have a timeline that I break into chapters before I start. As a seat-of-the-pants author, it’s easier for me to listen for the Lord’s voice to direct me with the story. I love the insights He often gives me into my characters and other parts of the books.

Renee: What’s easiest about writing for you?

Lena: I love the actual writing itself. I learned early in my career to edit as I go. Of course, then there are a couple more edits before the book goes to my agent or a publisher. With the Indie publishing, I use Beta readers and other editing help.

Renee: Writing and editing? At the same time? You’re a multi-tasker! Indie publishing as well as traditional? Cool beans! Publishing is ever-changing and expanding, isn’t it? How do you decide what to write about and when do you do your research?

Lena: In the past, I’ve written proposals, and my agent has marketed them. So the proposal that sells is the next book I write. With the changes in publishing today, that is also changing. I’m going to Indie publish my next series. The first book in the series is written. I hope to have it published in the first half of this year.
I do a lot of research, especially with historical novels. It’s important to me that my novels are authentic to the time period with setting, society, clothing, etc.

Renee: How do you pick your titles?

Lena: Titles are pretty easy for me. Publishers have used the titles I came up with for most of my books.

Renee: I see you have a new book out. What can you tell us about it?

Lena: Love Is Patient is a Barbour novella collection about people who married a little later in life. My novella, The Spinster and the Cowboy, is about a daughter who inherits her father’s ranch. The cowboy is a real surprise to her in many ways. I loved writing this story.

Renee: Is there any part of this book that was a struggle or you had difficulty with?

Lena: The setting for my novella is Arizona. I had to do quite a bit of research so I could make it authentic.

Renee: Arizona…mmm…sounds interesting! Yeah, I’d have to do a bit of research for that one too! Or call some friends. I wouldn’t know much about Arizona either. How about we switch topics to something a bit more personal? (And the crowd goes wild!)
If you could have the ultimate vacation, what would it be?

Lena: I would love to have at least a month to spend traveling in an RV all across Australia. I fell in love with Australia before it was chic to want to go Down Under. I’ve read way more than 100 books set there.

Renee: Oh, Lena! I’ve never been to Australia but I would love to go! That’s on my dream list. My three top spots are Australia, New Zealand, and Scotland. Of course, Ireland’s on there too. I’ve read a ton of books set in those locations as well, especially Scotland. I know this is a foolish question but do you still read a lot? (I know you’re a busy lady!)

Lena: I read a lot. I always have one print book I’m reading at home and one book I’m reading on my Kindle when we are away from home. It’s a good thing to do when you have to wait somewhere. And don’t we all have to do that?

Renee: Waiting? Always…everywhere! It’s been a pleasure to have you on the Coffee Corner, Lena. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself and writing with us.

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About the Book:

Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find out in this delightful collection written by eight bestselling authors of inspirational romances.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had over 850,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of ACFW and CAN.

She has appeared on ECPA Bestseller list, CBA Bestseller list, and Amazon Bestseller lists.
Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, 2011 Will Rogers Medallion.
Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewer’s Top Ten Books of 2011 and won the 2012 Selah. Mary’s Blessing was a Selah Award finalist.
Catherine’s Pursuit won the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice, second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Reader’s Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
Lena speaks at women’s groups, writers groups, and conferences. She is a co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer blogtalk radio show.


  1. Thank you, Renee, for hosting me this week. It's a blessing to me.

  2. Hi Lena-

    I put it on the Ready Writer's Blog. Congrats!!

  3. Hi Lena, I met my husband at church ~ actually a friend of mine wanted to meet him so I found occasions to get them together, with me being quite myself since I wasn't involved. He didn't get it. He called and asked if I would like to go to the Ice Capades three months later as you have to order early to get the best seats. What endeared him to me was watching how he treated others. We will be married 32 years in May. He still opens my car door. He told me years ago, "If you want a gentleman, you will have to allow me to be one." He is a dear and a great blessing. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  4. You're welcome, Lena. I love having you on my blog! You're such a special person to me. :)

  5. Hi Lane, welcome to Inspirational Moment. What an awesome story. I met my husband in church too! :) We've been married 27 years this July.

  6. I really enjoyed the interview. This is an author that I haven't read her books, but I am definitely adding her to my reading list. I knew my hubby through high school. We were a church youth group together and were good friends. I even made a couple of vacations with his family and him. After we graduated, he went in the service and I moved away from home. Two years later, he was home on leave and I was home or the Christmas holidays and we got together to catch up. By the time he went back to Germany, where he was stationed, we realized we were more than friends and were engaged. His mother told me later that she wondered when we were going to realize that we belonged together.

  7. I'm glad to introduce you to Lena, Ann! She's a very special person to me and a fabulous author! I know you will love her as much as I do. :)

  8. And the winner of the giveaway is...Kathleen...(Lane Hill House)! Congratulations, Kathleen!

  9. Thank you so much, Renee. I have returned your email. So excited to receive this collection! I have McKenna's Daughters series and look forward to Lena's story here. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  10. You're welcome, Kathleen. I know you will love it! Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon. :)


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