Caroline: How long have you known that you were a writer? Did you receive a clear “call?” Or have you just loved writing all your life?
Caroline: What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?
Caroline: How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
So far, I’ve only written Heartsongs and novellas. So the novels have been 45,000-55,000 words. I like to have three months for a Heartsong, but I have written a couple of them in 6 weeks.
For the novellas, which are around 20,000 words, I like to have at least six weeks, but have written a couple of them in only a month.
These times include the first drafts, editing, getting critiques, and final editing.
Caroline: What is the spiritual message in your latest book? What can readers expect to get from reading it?
Caroline: You recently had another book published. Would you take this time to describe it to us? How and where can readers buy your books?
The stories show how God can give you the desires of your heart in ways you never expected.
Heartsong novels take longer to get to bookstores. They come out in the book club first. However, you can order any of them through www.heartsongpresents.com .
The novella collections are in most Christian bookstores as well as many regular bookstores. And all the books are available online through www.amazon.com .
Caroline: Where do you get ideas? Character names? Do you find your characters similar to you in any way?
There have been times that some of my characters are similar to me in certain ways, but I’ve written so many books now, the readers would be bored if all the characters were like me.
Caroline: Do you ever feel like giving up? Most people don’t understand the stress, the work, and the joy of being a writer. How tenuous becoming a writer is. Do you care to share how it feels, what discouraging/encouraging times you’ve gone through? Who’s inspired you the most?
But I won’t give up. I’m actually doing the very thing God created me to do at this point in my life. When I got discouraged not long ago, He sent someone to get me over that discouragement. If your readers want to know about this event, they can go to my web site www.lenanelsondooley.com and read about it in the December newsletter.
Caroline: Would you roughly explain how you “chose” (or was chosen) a publisher? Do you just go “inny, minny, miny, moe?” Grin. Now, that you’re published, can you sit back and relax from the success you’ve experienced?
Actually, now I don’t do any of the submitting of my work. I have an agent, and she knows who to target with my proposals. She has two different proposals out now that are for much larger books than I have done before.
Caroline: Do you mind telling us some of your likes and dislikes? Hobbies, interests? Where would you like to travel if you could? Etc.
I like to read, knit, crochet, watch movies with my husband, spend time with our extended family, and get together with friends.
Caroline: Would you give us your blog or webpage so everyone can check it out? Anything else you’d like to share? Promotional information?
If your readers want to see into my life, I also have a blog of slideshows about my writing and my personal life.
And I’m a part of Shoutlife, the Christian online community.
- The best way to get free Christmas cards is to make them yourself. Or if you have them left over from last year, in a sense you can use them again for free!
- If making your own cards, then use a nice quality paper - ideally something more like card than paper so that it has the strength to stand up rather than fall over too easily.
- The pattern that you draw on is entirely up to you, but you might consider downloading some nice Christmas clipart off the internet and then printing out onto the paper, or alternatively even doing the whole card on the computer.
- Ensure that you personalise and sign a card by hand if you do make it on the computer however; that personal touch is all important with a Christmas card!
I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. --Charles Dickens