"Georgette Heyer with a sexy twist." - Eloisa James

About Lenora

Meet Lenora


Lenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!

An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties named Dorian Gray and Percy Shelley.

In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award for Best Historical. She’s thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!

Photo by Alexander Petrenko / alexstudio.ch
Home Sweet Alaska!
Dorian and Percy
RWA’s Golden Heart® Award

Lenora’s Romance Adventure


While teaching English in China in 2006, Lenora entered the Avon FanLit online writing contest and met Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and many other talented, passionate romance writers who became friends and critique partners. Lenora scribbled numerous romance novel plots in her journal pages but she never actually finished a book.

Lenora taught English around the world and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University but, every now and then, Courtney or Tessa asked her when the heck she was going to start writing romance again. It was because of their support and inspiration that Lenora finally worked up the courage to enter the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart®  Award Contest in 2014. To her utter shock, she won!

Representation from a fantastic agent quickly followed, and then Lenora’s wildest dream came true. Her GH novel sold to Avon Romance in a three book deal and will debut in April of 2016!

So all she can say is that it’s never too late to open your heart to inspiration. Surround yourself with support and love. Solder words into sentences. Fuse those sentences into pages. Put one foot in front of the other.

And keep dreaming!


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