It’s my great pleasure to host Lena Nelson Dooley today. Please help me welcome her to my blog.
I’ve always written. I didn’t know people didn’t write. Everyone in my family did. Maybe not for publication, but they wrote things. After I married, I realized that not everyone was like that.
God told me to become a professional writer in May of 1984. You can read a testimony about that by visiting my blog: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com then click the About Me tab
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I have very eclectic tastes in reading matter. I love research books. I read fiction in all kinds of genres, except horror. But I did read one Christian horror novel recently.
I have stopped buying and reading novels that aren’t Christian. There are so many good novels in the Christian category, and I do miss a spiritual thread in a story.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
I’ve used various means. I’ve used family members’ names or friends’ names. Sometimes the character tells me what his or her name is. I’ve even had two casual acquaintances ask me to name a character after them. Which I did. So last year when Brenda Novak had the auction to raise money for diabetes research, I auctioned the naming rights to a character in the book I’m writing now. It was fun, and we raised money for a good cause.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Most of my accomplishments have been gifts from God. And I praise Him for them. Receiving the Mentor of the Year award from ACFW in 2006 was a high point. So was receiving the Will Rogers Medallion Award this year.
What is your favorite food?
I’ve always loved anything chocolate, but I also like good Chinese food, a tender steak, actually, any food that I’m not allergic to.
By Lena Nelson Dooley
October 6, 2011
McKenna’s Daughters Series, Book 1
Maggie’s Journey grabs you on page one with characters and events that reflect real-life joys and heartaches that change the characters forever. Make room on your “keepers” shelf! —Loree Lough, best-selling author of 80 award-winning books, including From Ashes to Honor.
A girl who’s been lied to her whole life…
Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her.
Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and reminders that she doesn’t fit the mold of a young woman of their social standing have already created tension in their home. With the discovery of the family secret, all sense of her identity is lost.
When Maggie asks to visit her grandmother in Arkansas, her father agrees on the condition that she take her Aunt Georgia as a chaperone and his young partner, Charles Stanton, as protection on the journey. Will she discover who she really is and, more importantly, what truly matters most in life?
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, and Christian Authors Network. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 46 years.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Margaret Lenora Caine sat in the library of their mansion on Beacon Hill. Because of the view of Puget Sound which she loved, she had the brocade draperies pulled back to let the early September sunshine bathe the room with warmth. Basking in the bright light, she concentrated on the sketch pad balanced on her lap. After leaning back to get the full effect of the drawing, she reached a finger to smudge the shadows between the folds of the skirt. With a neckline that revealed the shoulders, but still maintained complete modesty, this dress was her best design so far. One she planned to have Mrs. Murdock create in that dreamy, shimmery green material that came in the last shipment from China. Maggie knew silk was usually a summer fabric, but with it woven into a heavier brocade satin, it would be just right for her eighteenth birthday party. And with a few changes to the design, she could have another dress created as well.
Once again, she leaned forward and drew a furbelow around the hem, shading it carefully to show depth. The added weight of the extra fabric would help the skirt maintain its shape, providing a pleasing silhouette at any ball. She pictured herself wearing the beautiful green dress, whirling in the arms of her partner, whoever he was. Maybe someone like Charles Stanton, since she’d admired him for several years, and he was so handsome.
“Margaret, what are you doing?”
The harsh question broke Maggie’s concentration. The charcoal in her hand slipped, slashing an ugly smear across the sketch. She glanced at her mother standing in the doorway, her arms crossed over her bosom. Maggie heaved a sigh loud enough to reach the entrance, and her mother’s eyebrows arched so quickly Maggie wanted to laugh … almost, but she didn’t dare add
Thank you, Lena! Can’t wait to read Maggie’s Journey! You can buy it here.