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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Spotlight on Lena Nelson Dooley and Montana Mistletoe

Today's spotlight interviews one author, but there are 4 in this collection:

Lena Nelson Dooley - Christmas Confusion
Lisa Harris
Debby Mayne
Kim Sawyer


Lena Nelson Dooley lives in Texas with her husband James. They are active in several ministries of their church. She speaks at retreats and conferences. Both she and James are interested in missions and have been on several mission trips. A full-time author and editor, Lena holds a BA in Speech and Drama. She has had several novels published by Heartsong Presents as well as many novella collections. Visit her web site. Come by her blog where she interviews authors and gives away free books.

By Lena Nelson Dooley, Lisa Harris, Debby Mayne & Kim Sawyer


1. A cute Christmas anthology releasing near the Christmas season. What gave you the inspiration for your story in the set? Can you tell us a little about the one you wrote?

Actually, my friend Lisa Harris contacted me about doing a Christmas collection. She already had an idea for the theme of the collection. Four friends made a pact when they were in college to be married by the time they were 28. This is the year and no one has any prospects. Since she lives in Africa and sometimes her Internet access is limited, she asked me to contact others to join us. I found Debby Mayne, and Kim Sawyer. My story is about the youngest person ever elected mayor of Mistletoe, Lori Compton. She first looks in the wrong place for a mate, but she has to learn to trust God to do what He wills in her life.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced the characters of Lori and Russell? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?

Actually, Lori is a complete departure from other heroines I've had. She revealed herself to me as I wrote the synopsis and the book, sometimes surprising me.

3. What themes exist in Montana Mistletoe that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

Not to make your plans before asking God what He wants.

4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

I had to write this in the heat of Texas and it was winter in Montana. I had to put on Christmas music and occasionally open the freezer door. I actually loved this story. It's my first Christmas story, and it was fun to write and include all the holiday things in it.

5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

I have a Heartsong coming out in October. The title is Who Am I?--about a girl who finds out that most of the things she believed about her life weren't true. As she travels to another state to find out why, someone tries to kill her. She doesn't know who or why.

And there's another book coming out in October to which I was a contributor. It's called One Year Life Verse Devotional. Each devotional was written by authors, many of them big name authors.

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Thank you, Lena, for being in the spotlight...especially on such short notice. You're awesome! Readers, feel free to leave a comment for your chance to be entered in the drawing for a FREE, autographed book. If you don't wish to be entered but only leave your comment, say so when you post. This week, the contest is open to anyone worldwide.


Cherie J said...

Please enter me. This sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I saw your annnouncement on ShoutLife. Your book sounds great. I would love a chance to win a copy.

cathikin said...

Montana Mistletoe sounds like a winner! I think Lena is a gracious lady as well as a superb author. I would love to have a copy of this book.

tetewa said...

Please enter me in the draw! I love her blog and visit daily.

Anonymous said...

this book sounds good! I would love to be entered into the drawing. My e-mail address is: { }

ChristyJan said...

I would love to be entered to win.

hawkes AT citlink DOT net

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. I would love to have this book.

Atomic Kitten said...

This sounds like an enjoyable fun read! We don't have mistletoe in our country but would love a chance to read about it. :)

Unknown said...

It's always fun to read about exciting places and their traditions and way of life! Would love to take a peek at Montana Mistletoe!

maywrinkler *at*

sherlyn said...

I love anthologies. Please sign me up for this one. thanks Amber. And oh, congrats on the wedding. LOved your gown.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Wow! This was a full "hat" with the names. Unfortunately, only 1 winner can be drawn and that winner is:


Congratulations. Email me with your mailing address and how you would like your free book personalized, so I can have Lena mail out your book.

Thanks to everyone for your comments and continued support. New spotlight up today, October 3rd! Check it out.