Why Am I a Writer?

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more
than 700,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You
in Golden, New Mexico,
was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for
excellence in publishing Western literature. Lena is currently under a 3-book
contract with Charisma House/Realms. The first book, Maggie’s Journey released in October 2011 and received the 2012
Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, released in May 2012. You can find her on facebook, twitter and other social media sites.

The easy answer to this is:
Because God created me to be a writer.
Let me explain. God created
every person on earth to be unique, with the specific characteristics He wanted
them to have. To many people, He gave the ability to put words together in a
way that sounds pleasing to the ear and can express His message in unique ways.
I’m one of those people.
He also made me a
storyteller. I like to weave together a good story that will keep the reader
turning pages until the end. One that will stay in their minds and hearts for a
time, continuing to bless them with how the characters interacted with our
Almighty God. How they grew through the process and became more the people God
wanted them to be. Because He also gave me the stories and the characters to
live them out.
When I first started speaking
to other writers, I would tell them that I didn’t know that not everyone was a
writer. I just figured that everyone was just like me. Then I married a man who
didn’t read or write. He wasn’t illiterate; he just didn’t like to read or
write. As he’s matured, he has started reading a lot more, but he still doesn’t
like to write. And that’s okay, because God didn’t create him to be a writer.
He has read almost all of my seventeen books.
Did God create you to be a
writer? If you have the ability to put words together in a pleasing manner, the
answer is a resounding yes.
That doesn’t mean you will be
a published author. You will be if it’s in His plan for you.
Some people who write are
supposed to bless people by writing notes of encouragement to them in hard
times. Other people minister to hurting persons either on their own blog or
maybe in an Internet community such as Shoutlife, Facebook, or Myspace.
Perhaps you’re supposed to be
the family historian who makes sure the stories of your family don’t fade away.
Or you’re supposed to write devotionals, lessons, or other things for your
church. You could make a name for yourself as a writer of articles for
newspapers or magazines.
In addition to writing
novels, I have written a Christmas short story almost every year since the Lord
told me to become a professional writer. People around the world are blessed by
these stories my husband and I send out instead of Christmas cards.
What I’m trying to say to you
is: Find out why God gave you the ability to write, then pursue His purpose for
your words.
“A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure,
faith, and love.” –Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly

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?