Meet Author Lena Nelson Dooley

Lena Nelson Dooley is a best-selling, award-winning author who loves to give her readers stories with characters who grip their hearts. She also enjoys mentoring other authors and help them get published. She lives with the love of her life in North Central Texas. Her favorite activity of any day is spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Tell us about your newest book.

Franklin Vine has worked hard to build the ranch he inherited into one of the most successful in the majestic Colorado mountains. If only he had an heir to one day inherit the legacy he’s building. But he was burned once in the worst way, and he doesn’t plan to open his heart to another woman. Even if that means he’ll eventually have to divide up his spread among the most loyal of his hired hands.

When Lorinda Sullivan is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she’ll never allow a man to make choices for her again. But without a home during a hard Rocky Mountain winter, she has to do something to provide for her infant son.

A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement, yet the stakes quickly become much higher than either of them ever planned. When hearts become entangled, the increasing danger may change their lives forever.

What genre do you focus on and why?

I write both historical and contemporary novels—including a pirate novel and a few mystery or suspense novels. All of the novels contain Characters Who Grip Your Heart, which is my tag line.

Why do you write?

I believe God created me to be a writer. As I’m obedient to His call on my life, He gives me more and more stories to write.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

For me, because I’m an extrovert, it’s the isolation. I love to be around other people. That’s why I take every opportunity for getting together with friends and family.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

Since I have an office in my home and work here, I have more freedom to schedule my time.

What’s one thing your readers should know about you?

James and I have been married for over 56 years. We feel blessed that the Lord has allowed us to live long enough to know our 8 great-grandchildren. The oldest is 13½ years old, and the youngest is just over 3 months old.

How have you changed or grown as a writer?

Most really good writers will be constantly growing and learning. If we don’t, we’ll stagnate and the quality of or stories diminish. I enjoy the growing process. It’s important.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

A Heart’s Gift is my 52nd book release.

What are you working on now?

I am actually working on book 4 in the series, A Heart’s Redemption.


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