Friday, March 22, 2024

Welcome to My World

Industry: Publishing
Occupation: Author, publisher
Location: Texas : USA

Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 950,000 copies of her 50+ books sold. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

  • Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award
  • Maggie’s Journey, a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list, the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel.
  • Mary’s Blessing, Selah Award Second Place
  • Catherine’s Pursuit, NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice, CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award second place, Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion.
  • Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
  • Three ACFW Carol Award Silver pins.
  • A Texas Christmas  ECPA bestseller list
  • Love Is Patient ECPA bestseller list
  • Mountain Christmas Brides ECPA bestseller list 3 months, Publisher’s Weekly top 10 list 5 weeks
  • A Heart’s Gift won the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Award 
She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She is on the Board of Directors for Higher Ground Films and is one of the screenwriters for their upcoming film Abducted to Kill. She has been featured in articles in Christian Retailing, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Her article in CFOM was the cover story.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. 

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. Her blog has a reach of over 65,000.


Artist Monica Bruenjes created these two drawings of Maggie from Maggie's Journey:

Check out other character sketches here:

The February edition of Book Fun Magazine announced my blog A Christian Writer's World was voted the First Place winner of the 2013 Blog of the Year The Book Club Network Readers Choice Awards. I praise the Lord and all my book friends for making this happen.


  1. I love your new site. Looks great. BJ Robinson

  2. Very appealing and eye catching. Love it!

  3. LOVE the updated look, my friend!!! Very cool!!


  4. Your interview with James Callan today was very enjoyable. It sounds like you spend ALL your time (nearly) writing. I am in awe.


  5. I enjoyed the blog interview you did on The Author's Blog site. Now I am thankful I visited here to learn even more. I am in the early stages of learning to write and when I read you have written 32! It must be a result of all the chocolate! We keep large bags of chocolate chips in our home. We don't need the cookies, just give us the chips. :-)

    I hope to read one of your novels soon. I have quite a stack of TBR. There is always room for more.

    Blessings, Janice

  6. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, Marta and Janice.

  7. I am new to your books. I just finished Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. LOVED IT!! Was this part of a series? And if so where can I locate a list?

  8. Nananet,
    There are other Love Finds You books. This is the only one I wrote.

    My new series is McKenna's Daughters. The first two are on my left sidebar. The third will release in January. You might like them as well as Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico.

  9. Love your books!!! I am pretty sure you need to know enough information about a place before you write about it in your story. Historical fiction is one of my favorites. I enjoy these books because it takes you back in time. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Linda Ortiz

  10. I love your books and your blog and contests and author presentations. I would love to win book 1 in the sisters' series, please. I like the idea of 3 sisters; separated; and then reunited. I like stories of the Oregon Trail. Sharon, CA

  11. Mrs. Dooley, I do enjoy your books and also what you do for other authors as well. I also look forward to your daily facebook post and the delicious recipes that you share. I wonder when do you find the time to do it all? Your work does bring a lot of enjoyment to so many of us.

    God Bless!
    Judy Cooper