Lena 1

Bio

I was born, raised, and have lived my entire life in the state of Indiana. I'm a Hoosier through and through; except I didn't go to IU (Hoosiers are the school’s mascot though no one knows where that term originated).  I base most of my stories in Indiana because it's what I know.

I've been making up stories since before I could write. My dolls had lives that would have made Erica Kane blush. Seriously, once one of my Barbies was pregnant (thanks to a cotton ball in her leotard) while in a full body cast (thanks to tissue and tape) from a ski “accident” that was caused by her rival. My mother probably shouldn’t have let me watch All My Children and Edge of Night at such an early age. 

The first time I shared my writing was when I wrote a soap opera with my classmates in junior high (as if junior high isn’t a soap opera on its own).


A Note From Lena

I'm a writer that finds it incredibly difficult to write about myself. Instead of boring you with the facts of my life, I'll tell who I am with some of my favorite quotes.

You can’t have roots and wings.
— Jake, Sweet Home Alabama

I'm definitely a girl with roots.  I was born, raised, and have lived my entire life in the state of Indiana. I'm a Hoosier through and through, except I didn't go to IU (the schools mascot are the Hoosiers).  That is why I base most of my stories in Indiana— it's what I know.  Though my roots have been growing for over three decades, I have wings too, in the form of my imagination. I especially use those wings during the cold winter months.

This is how I try to live and how I write. My characters always live well in the end (I'm a happy ending kind of girl). Laughter is a necessary part of life, at least it is for me.  I make myself laugh all the time, sometimes others find me funny too. 

Live well, laugh often, love much
— Bessie Anderson Stanley
“What” and “If” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together, side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of you life: What if? What if? What if?
— Claire, Letters to Juliet

What if often haunts me, but not the What Ifs of opportunities I've let pass me by. I am haunted by the What Ifs created by the possibilities of a moment. I'll see or hear something that sparks an idea. My stories and characters are born from the fire that spark ignited. The only way to put out the blaze is to put pen to paper (well more like fingers to keyboard) and tell the story that answers what if.

Storytelling is my "one". I've been making up stories since before I could write. Keeping my stories to myself is kind of like giving up on them, which is why I'm now sharing them. I've found the one and I'm not letting it go.

I will never stop trying because when you find the one...you never give up.
— Cal, Crazy Stupid Love
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all things will be given to you as well.
— Matthew 6:33

I am a Christian. Not the shove Jesus down your throat, use Jesus to justify prejudices kind. I try to live my life to reflect God's goodness. Note that I said try because sometimes (usually) I come up short (not in the ballpark). I believe that my talent for writing is a gift from God and I thank Him by keeping Him in my writing. My romances wouldn't be categorized as Christian fiction, but they often contain some religious elements  and the love making is behind closed doors (I'll let your imagination figure out what happens between the sheets).