with Lena Nelson Dooley


Welcome back to Patterings, Lena!

What would a perfect day for you look like?

My perfect day would be spent doing what God had planned for me that day. So I have a lot of perfect days. My husband is usually a large part of that day. Often my children or grandchildren are involved.

I really like to travel, so when we’re traveling, I’m very happy. And when I get to spend time with other authors, it’s a real plus.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
My husband used to be a truck driver. About 25 years ago, he was gone for a couple of days. At that time, I used a pressure cooker fairly often. I had cooked Swiss steak for the family dinner. After the pressure went down, I couldn’t get the pan open. After trying for quite a while, I called the police station and asked if a policeman could come by the house and open my pressure saucepan. They sent one out right away, and my family had dinner that night.

Which of your books (published or upcoming) has been the most fun for you to write and which character is your favorite?
When people ask me things like that, I always say the book I’m working on right now is my favorite. I haven’t written a book I didn’t like. And I love the characters God gives me to write about.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
In Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, I loved all the characters, but since Jeremiah was the one who had the most spiritual growth, I found him very interesting.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I have very eclectic reading tastes—historical, contemporary, romance, suspense, some speculative fiction. However, I’m not really interested in reading horror or dark spirits.

Are there certain foods or snacks keeps the words flowing for you?
Chocolate, especially dark. Or M&Ms.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I write about redemption, trusting God, forgiveness. Things like that

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
To completely trust Him for everything in my life. This is an ongoing lesson.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I just signed a contract for a 3-book historical series set in 1885 about triplets born on the last wagon train west that were separated at birth.

Thank you for being with us today, Lena!
Lena is giving away a copy of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment by Monday, October 11th and check back on Tuesday, October 12th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on this post and once on yesterday's spotlight with Lena. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar, and purchasing, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale.


  1. Lena is a favorite with me! Love her books! Would love to win this one!!

  2. I knew police made 'house calls,' but none like that! Would love Lena's book. Please enter me.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  3. LOVE that quirky thing, Lena. Too funny!
    Please enter me.

  4. Enjoyed the interview! I think the historical set with triplets in it sounds great!


  5. Enjoyed the interview lots, and the historical set with triplets sounds like something that I would love reading. Thanks Patty and Lena!


  6. another great posting :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com


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