Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lena Nelson Dooley Character Interview: Lorinda Vine

I'm so excited that Lena Nelson Dooley has come today and let me interview her heroine, Lorinda Vine, from her manuscript A Heart's Gift!
Has anything significant happened in your life in the past two weeks?
My husband’s ex-fiancee arrived at our ranch two days ago. She was just a bag of bones, but carrying a child. She was also riding my first husband’s horse, which disappeared before he was found dead.

Your most embarrassing moment?
I was embarrassed when I had to come live at the Flying V ranch several months after my husband was killed. I was heavy with child, and an arsonist had burned the log cabin Mike had built after we married. I didn’t want to have to depend on someone else.

What is your first reaction when you meet a fetching lady/handsome gentleman? Blush? Stutter? Run? Flirt? Engage them in intelligent or witty conversation? Start an argument to see how they handle anger? Offer a helping hand? Ask a friend what they know about them?
I haven’t met that many. My first husband rescued me from the hard life I had living with my father. My mother had died during childbirth, and my baby brother died at the same time. My father wasn’t very nice to me after that. So I haven’t been really interested in any man, except my husband.

What happened the last time you spoke to a large group of people?
I don’t actually speak to large groups of people. But most of the people in town attended my wedding to my second husband. But they don’t know about the circumstances of our life together … and I don’t want them to ever find out.

Do you have any grandparent figures in your life? How have they influenced you?
I don’t remember any of my grandparents.

Siblings? How many? Do you get along?
I was raised as an only child. My only brother died the same day he was born. I was just five years old.

Any current romantic interests?
I’m in a convenient marriage with the man who rescued me from the mountain where my home went up in smoke.

Where were you born? What other significant happenings surrounded this event?
Missouri, but now I live in Colorado.

What is your worst fear?
It used to be that I wouldn’t be able to financially take care of my son, but since Franklin Vine and I married, I’m afraid someone will find out the circumstances of our marriage. It would reflect badly on both Franklin and myself if they knew.

When’s the last time you had a really good meal? Courtesy of whom?
Our housekeeper is a wonderful cook. She’s been teaching me how to cook most of the things, too. I don’t know what I would do without her. And she’s the only “grandmother” my son will ever know.

Lena also has a recipe for you:

Lena’s Cornbread

Combine and stir together:     
            2/3 Cup corn meal
            1 1/3 Cup flour
            1/3 Cup sugar
            1 teaspoon salt
            4 teaspoons baking powder

In mixing bowl, mix together well:
            1 Cup milk
            2 Eggs
            1/3 Cup oil

Stir dry ingredients into liquids.

Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes if making muffins. Can also pour into square cake pan and bake.
Lena Nelson Dooley

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  1. I love seeing the love of the couple, a start of their new life together. Just love in general :)

  2. Thank you, Natalie, for having me on your blog.

    Deanna, theirs is a marriage of convenience, so supposedly, there is no love involved ... but is there?

  3. I like the exchange of vows. What a great way to begin marriage by telling each other how you will be commited to them.

  4. Hi, Deanna! It is very sweet, isn't it?

    Lena! Thank you for coming! I love those marriage of convenience stories! :)

    Robin, me, too! I love the look on a couple's faces as they make their vows. It's such a precious thing.

  5. I love seeing how a couple get together and falls in love after getting married first.

  6. Thank you, Robin and Natalie, for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Hi and thank you for the giveaway :)
    I haven't gotten married yet but I just love watching couples kissing after becoming husband and wife - it probably is diferent for them, a new filling. And I love wathcinh their first dance together, it's magical.

  8. Maria Theresa Santos11:41 PM, March 08, 2015

    i love when the charactersfall in love..

  9. Irma and Maria, thank you for coming by and visiting us.


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