Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sit-Down with Lena Nelson Dooley #Giveaway

Howdy y'all! Crystal here and I've got the special thrill of sharing this sit-down today with fellow Texan (and redhead) Lena Nelson Dooley.

Welcome to Stitches Thru Time, Lena. For those of us who don't have the privilege of knowing you, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m the middle child between a younger sister (who has gone on to heaven before me) and an older brother. I exhibit many of the characteristics of a middle child. I often felt as if I had to try harder because of that.
I’m married to the love of my life. We’ll celebrate 52 years of marriage in November. My life revolves around him and our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We’re a very close family.
Oh, yes, and I write books.

Fifty-two years---That's awesome! 

Congratulations on your newest release! What is your story about?

My very latest, which will release in November is Oh, Fudge! A novella in the A Sweet Noel Christmas novella collection. It’s about a woman whose life is supposed to move up in the company, because of a promised promotion. A man comes into her life, and he causes upheaval in ever facet of her life. (The book has three Christmas treat recipes in it.)

Christmas Rescue may release before the end of October. If not, it will be in early November. After the release of the novella, it will become part of the Mail-Order Christmas Angels collection. My heroine’s mail-order bride situation doesn’t have a happy ending, and she loses her ability to trust any man. But a man rescues her from death. You’ll have to read it to see how he becomes a man she can trust.

Where did you get the inspiration for your story?

God created me with a vivid imagination. And I seek Him during the writing of any story. I have a storyline and a timeline when I start. Often, God drops something into my heart that moves the story along and makes it a better story.

What do you hope folks will take away from your story?

Even though we live in a fallen world, and bad things can come into our lives, God has a plan for our lives. If we trust Him, He will work all things together for our good.

Do you have a favorite scene in the book? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?

I always love the scene when the hero and heroine finally realize they love each other. I love writing those scenes.

What do you plan to work on next?

I will be publisher for Autumn Love (a Thanksgiving novella collection). I’m eager to get on with that one. A Heart’s Gift should release very soon. This is the longest novel I’ve ever written. You know all about that one, Crystal. I love the cover you designed for it. And I have two more novels in the works after that.

I’m also slowly turning all the single novellas I’ve published into audio books. They’ve become very popular. I’ll continue to have books turned into audio. My last long novel The Gold Digger is one I had turned into an audio book.

Where can readers connect with you? Where can readers buy your book(s)?

Every book I’ve ever written appears on Amazon. Some books are on and other sites like, Kobo, and iTunes.

Last but not least, what is the quirkiest thing you've ever done?

Crystal, my middle name is quirky. There are so many things. How do I pick just one? I’m almost 74 years old, but my gray hair isn’t pretty. It’s kind of a dishwater gray with black streaks in an unusual pattern on my head, so I have my hairdresser daughter keep my hair some shade of red, even though red wasn’t it’s natural color. I’m not sure anyone remembers what that is.

Thank you, Crystal for having me on this site.

You're very welcome, Lena. It was a special thrill to have you here. We're so glad you could join us. 

Ladies and gents, Lena has graciously offered to giveaway a FREE audiobook copy of her novel The Gold Digger to one of this post's commenters. (Winner to be announced in the Weekly Windup post.)


  1. Miss Lena is a jewel and a wonderful writer. I thoroughly enjoy her writings. Thank you for a great interview.

    1. You're quite welcome, Melanie. :) So glad you could join us here.

  2. Miss Lena is a jewel and a wonderful writer. I thoroughly enjoy her writings. Thank you for a great interview.

  3. I follow Lena's blog religiously so it is good to see her as a featured guest. Thanks for sharing her thoughts and her giveaway.
    Connie from KY 😉

    1. You're welcome. :) I was thrilled to return the favor of an interview, and I agree Lena does have a great blog.

  4. Nice to meet Lena on STT and about her books. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway. marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

  5. Loved seeing Lena here. And I love her remark about the color of her hair. Nobody knows what my natural color is, either. :-)