Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels with Avon Books. Her writing has won numerous awards including the 2016 RT Book Reviews Best First Historical Romance award. A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has lived and worked on five continents. She currently lives in New Zealand with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties. She loves hearing from readers! Sign up for her mailing list to hear about new books, sales, and giveaways!
Ten Things About Lenora
- She’s a third generation Alaskan and most of her family still live there. She’s lived on five continents and speaks various levels of Spanish, French, and some Mandarin Chinese and Thai.
- Lenora is known for weaving pop culture Easter eggs into her books. Her first book, How the Duke was Won, was pitched as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets The Bachelor,” and her second book, If I Only Had a Duke, was “The Wizard of Oz meets Arrow.” Her fourth book, What a Difference a Duke Makes, was an homage to Mary Poppins and Jane Eyre (and several astute readers picked up on a few Anne of Green Gables references as well :-).
- Lenora met her husband when she hired him as her contractor to remodel her 1880’s house in Portland, Oregon.
- She was inspired to start writing historical romance after reading an article by historical romance author Eloisa James.
- She collects vintage clothing, purses, and costume jewelry and if she wasn’t a writer she’d probably own a vintage clothing store. One of her most treasured possessions is a muslin and lace day dress passed down from her great-grandmother Lenora.
- Lenora’s books are a family affair – her brother Carl helps do her historical research and her sister Amelia is one of her beta readers and critique partners.
- Her mother is a concert pianist and choir director so Lenora grew up singing and performing in musicals.
- Lenora is a voracious fantasy and sci fi reader and would love to write a YA fantasy some day.
- Her fourth book was featured in Entertainment Weekly magazine and received an “A” grade.
- Lenora believes that everyone deserves love and happiness — and that the world needs more of both. That’s why she writes romance!