Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Mary Connealy's novel, Ten Plagues, is:
ibjoy1953@ . . .
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Now let's revisit novelist Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Maggie’s Journey (Realms, October 2011).
Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers—where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006—DFW Ready Writers, CROWN marketing group, and Christian Authors Network.
Lena has received three Carol Award silver pins from ACFW and her Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, recently received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in western fiction.
She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 47 years.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--It will soon be Christmas, and I’m looking forward to Braums’s Eggnog (without the nog).
--I taught myself to use many kinds of computer software, without ever taking a class.
--For Christmas dinner, I always make Sour Cream Turkey Enchiladas with the left-over turkey I froze after Thanksgiving (If there’s no leftover turkey, I cook a whole chicken to make them).
--I’ve never snow skied, but I love to go to the Colorado mountains in the snow.
--I had never seen the ocean until after I was 40 years old.
Yum. I'm working on this post at six o'clock in the evening. Those turkey enchiladas sound very tasty.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Maggie's Journey.
The McKenna’s Daughters series is about identical triplets, who were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother died soon after giving birth. They were separated and grew to near their 18th birthday without knowing they had sisters.
Margaret Lenora Caine, Maggie in Maggie’s Journey, doesn’t even know that she was adopted. She stumbles on the information in the attic. It upsets everything she has believed about herself. In the book, Maggie travels with an aunt and her father’s partner from Seattle, Washington Territory, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and back. On the journey, she learns a lot about herself, her life, and finds a lasting love.
What is it about Maggie that will make your readers care about her?
Maggie is strong, a little headstrong, and a caring person. She learns to face the truth in her life.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Nicole Kidman ...
... and Hugh Jackman
Two of our favorite Aussies, right?
Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!
I’d like an iPad. Hint! Hint!
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
I just finished reading Deeanne Gist’s Love on the Line. I love all of Deeanne’s books, and I think this one is my favorite, except for Maid to Match. She can really draw me into the characters and connect emotionally with me. When I grow up, I want to write as well as Deeanne does.
What are you working on now?
Mary’s Blessing, book two of the McKenna’s Daughters series just went in to the publisher after the rewrites and line edits. So I’m now working on book three of the series, Catherine’s Pursuit.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
Tell me about the character in a book you’ve read recently, who really grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go.
Thank you, Lena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lena's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
Be sure to check out my interview with Jim Rubart, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of his book.
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