The PacJac is from her initials and her husbands. He is the wind in her sails and works so she can write.
Patricia loves freedom, adventure and the open road. Mix that with faith and romance and you have the stories she writes. She grew up watching the westerns and loves that time period.
Her first novel is Liberty Belle. You can visit her on her blog: http://patriciapacjaccarroll.blogspot.com.
She agreed to interview me for my book that releases next week.
Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.
Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The
of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose
lives have been changed by her books. high point
Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in May 2012. It recently appeared on a review site’s Top Five Reads in 2012 list. Catherine’s Pursuit is coming in February 2013.
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. She is also one
of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.
Find her online here:
Official Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=ts
Blogtalk Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/gate-beautiful-radio-show/
Other blogs where she’s a regular contributor:http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/
Lena, what has surprised you the most about the writing life?
I think it’s how much marketing the author needs to do on their own. For the first half of my writing life, that wasn’t true, but it is now.
What snacks feed your creativity?
I love dark chocolate M&M candies. I’m getting the chocolate I love and also a crunch. I also like animal crackers.
Do you write with music playing (if yes what kind), TV, or quiet?
I used to write with music playing, that fit whatever I was writing. Romantic for romantic scenes, etc. But I hardly every write with anything playing now. Unless I’m in the front room writing on the laptop while James watches TV. I can actually block out the ambient noise.
How do you spark your creativity?
If my brain is getting tired while I’m writing, I play a computer game to get it working a different way. I like Tetris, Bejeweled, jigsaw puzzle games, and solitaire.
You are a master at researching the time period of your books. Where do you find that information?
When I travel, I take a lot of notes and pictures in case I might use the place for a book. For settings where I haven’t visited, I use the Internet a lot. To learn about the history of a product or company, I use the company’s official web site. Also, I look for historical photos. If I don’t find many on the Internet, I look for books of historical photos of the time period and place. That’s how I was able to visualize
City, Portland, and in this series. I also
researched railroads and steamships. And the society of the time. Most all the
street names and businesses in my books were actually there. My characters and
their actual stories are all that are fiction in the books. San Francisco
Many of your books are historicals. Why? And what time period is your favorite.
Because historicals are the proposals that the publishers have contracted. I also write contemporary books, but the last four my agent has sold for me have been set in the late 1800s. I do enjoy writing about that time period. I’ve had historicals published with dates as early as 1804 and as late as 1913.
Of the triplet series – Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Catherine’s Pursuit – which story did you enjoy writing the most?
I loved writing each story, but probably the most fun one to write was Catherine’s Pursuit. There were more places where I could do fun things to the characters.
Maggie, Mary, and Catherine are triplets. How are they alike and how are they different?
They were identical triplets, so they look a lot alike. But since they were raised in different environments, there were differences. Mary was raised on a farm, so she has more freckles and her complexion has been affected by the sun. She has a less-refined look than her sisters.
They have spent most of their lives not knowing about their sisters, but they all grew up with the feeling that something was missing from their lives, but they didn’t know what that something could be. They looked so much alike that they could be mistaken for their sister, and they even had some mannerisms that they shared without ever being together. Of course, their voices also sounded almost just alike.
Maggie and Catherine lived in urban environments, so their backgrounds were far different from Mary’s.
Of Maggie, Mary, or Catherine – which character did you enjoy most?
In Catherine’s Pursuit, which character is most like you?
That’s like asking which of my children do I love the best. I’d have to answer that I loved writing each of them, but in a different way. Their personalities differ quite a bit, and I loved creating these divergent personalities.
Tell us about Catherine’s Pursuit.
The book releases on February 5th, but is available for pre-order, both print edition and ebook edition, on websites. Here’s the back cover copy:
"A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love." --Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of
The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.
Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters.
Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover--physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?
And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life?
Here's an excerpt:
September 19, 1885
Catherine Lenora McKenna could hardly believe the long-awaited day was here. Her eighteenth birthday.
Now she was an adult, and her father would have to stop hovering over her as if she were a fragile china doll in one of his stores. She would be free. Holding her hands above her head like the ballerina in the music box on her bureau, she whirled in a circle that lifted the hem of her blue taffeta skirt to a scandalous height. That didn’t matter, because no one was here to catch a glimpse of her ankles anyway. Not even her personal maid, Julie, who had gone downstairs to grab Catherine a more substantial breakfast from the kitchen before she fainted dead away.
Aunt Kirstin wanted Catherine to eat very light before her party tonight, where a sumptuous banquet would precede the ball. There would be presents to open as well. Catherine hoped her father planned a spectacular gift for her birthday ... maybe to send her on a tour of the Continent. Of course, Aunt Kirstin would probably accompany her, but at least she would be able to see more of the world for herself, not just read about it.
“Where is Julie with my food?” Catherine huffed out an exasperated breath. “Am I going to have to go to the kitchen myself?”
She thrust open the door and hurried down the hallway, the sound of her footsteps lost in the thick cushioning of the carpet. At the top of the front stairs, she stopped to see if she could figure out where her aunt Kirstin was before she sneaked down the backstairs.
Peering over the balcony railing, she caught a glimpse of her aunt’s face through the partially opened door to the library. Her brows were knit together into a frown as she stared at someone in the room with her. Catherine had never seen such a fierce expression on her aunt’s face.
Father’s voice was muffled as he said something to his sister-in-law. What is he doing home at this time of morning? Catherine wished she could tell what they were talking about. She had never heard her father use that tone with anyone, especially not Aunt Kirstin. As if he were angry or terribly upset.
Catherine leaned farther over but kept a firm grip on the railing so she wouldn’t tumble down. A drop like that onto a marble floor could be deadly.
Aunt Kirstin gripped each hand into a fist and planted them on her hips. “Just when are you going to tell her?”
Come to think of it, her aunt was using a harsher tone than Catherine had ever heard her use.
Father didn’t answer.
Catherine quickly crept down the stairs being careful not to place her foot on the second step from the foyer, which would squeak and reveal her presence. At the bottom, she straightened and checked her reflection in the gilt-framed, oval mirror beside the front door. When she found everything satisfactory, she tiptoed toward the library.
“I don’t know.” Her father’s words stopped her in her tracks.
What did he not know?
“Angus.” Aunt Kirstin’s voice was firm and insistent. “She deserves to know the truth. And now she’s old enough to understand.”
Catherine didn’t hesitate to enter her favorite room in the house. She pushed the door farther open, and both her aunt and her father turned startled eyes toward her. The two looked as if they had been caught in an act of mischief.
“Tell me what? What will I understand?” Her questions hovered in the air, quivering like hummingbirds without a way to escape the net of tension that bound the three of them together.
Thank you, Patty, for helping me introduce my new book.
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