SKC: So glad you have come by,
LND: I love creating well-rounded characters with real problems and quirks that make them more human. The reason I chose that phrase for my brand is that readers kept telling me that they didn’t want to let go of the characters in my books when the book ended.
SKC: A great way to focus! What do you think makes your writing unique?
LND: Every author develops his or her own unique voice. That’s what sets books apart. Readers seem to like my voice. They have compared my writing to that of Tracie Peterson and Lauraine Snelling. I always welcome that as a compliment.
SKC: That would be a great compliment; I agree. When you are coming up with your storyline do you outline or put together a skeleton, or are you more of a seat-of-the-pants writer?
LND: I call myself a “souped-up, seat-of-the-pants writer.” What I mean by that is that I do have a timeline of what has to happen when, so it’s an outline. Most of it is in my head. I have been known to do a chapter-by-chapter outline, but it’s only a couple of paragraphs per chapter. That way I can be really creative as I write.
SKC: What sort of self-promotion do you do, and how do you make it work for you in a positive
LND: I’m a speaker, and I promote books through that. I also do book signings.
SKC: How do you keep from becoming repetitious in your writing, Lena?
LND: An author has to work hard to be creative in word choices. However, I love putting different and sometimes unusual combinations together to say just the right thing.
SKC: That's part of the fun isn't it. What do you think is one of the most important things you have learned since becoming a published writer?
LND: That God is in control of my writing. I can depend on Him to take care of helping me make the right contacts.
SDC: Amen to that! We are looking forward to the book you plan to donate to one of our visitors. I’d like to ask the readers what draws them to purchase a particular book, but first I’ll ask you, Lena.
LND: I really like a cover that catches my eye, making me want to pick the book up. Also an intriguing title will draw me every time. Then I read the back cover copy, and if I find that interesting, I read the first page.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THAT AND FOR VISITING WITH US,
LND: All my books can be found on my web site: www.lenanelsondooley.com
Okay, readers and fellow writers. What draws you to purchase a particular book? Send in your comments, and one of you will be a winner of one of Lena's books.
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Congratulations to Jeanette Levellie of Illinois! You have just won Lena's book! Watch for it soon. And thank you so much for taking some time at A Pen for Your Thoughts.