About Lori

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Lori Benton was raised in Maryland, with southern Virginia and Appalachian frontier roots going back to the 1600s. Her award-winning novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she expertly brings to life the colonial and early federal periods of American history. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards; ECPA Book Award finalist The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn; Christy finalists Many Sparrows (winner of the 2018 Inspy Award) and The Wood’s Edge; A Flight of Arrows; and The King’s Mercy. She is most at home surrounded by mountains, currently those of Oregon.

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. - See more at: http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=163736#sthash.ucVcFv2N.dpuf

What that bio doesn't tell you is that I...


.... Love picking huckleberries in those Oregon mountains (in July/August), our freezer is always full of them, and I have a signature cake I like to bake, huckleberry lemon pound cake.

.... Another thing I enjoy doing in those mountains is shooting at tin cans left by hunters in the fall, with my bow and arrows. We often gather them up and turn them in for a nickel each, if they aren't too badly shot up.

.... Am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed and treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1999, when I was thirty years old. I went bald (lost my eyebrows and lashes too). I was never sick to my stomach. I learned what "the peace of God, which passes understanding, will guard your heart and mind" really means. 

.... Fell in love with the Northwest on my first hike up a mountain on my first trip to Montana (where we still like to vacation), at the age of 19. At the top of St. Mary's Peak in the Bitterroots, inside an abandoned fire tower, I spent a lightning storm with four other people and three big dogs, helped moved downed trees off the road when it was finally over and we got down, then trooped into a diner in a little town in the valley, covered in tree sap and smudged with dirt and hungry enough to eat a buffalo, and knew I'd come "home" when we didn't draw a second glance from anyone. 

.... Am made jittery by the telephone. I will go to great lengths to avoid using it. 

.... Once thought I would be a wildlife artist, ala Robert Bateman. Until a year or two after art school, when the writing bug (writing was an on-again, off-again hobby since I was 9) bit down hard and hasn't yet let go. 

.... Began to figure out the difference between salvation and a relationship with Christ when I was 17 years old. I'm still figuring it out, but that was a light bulb season in my spiritual life. 

.... Adore audio books. It's the only way I can read half as many books as I'd like to read.

.... Like to bake while I'm listening to audio books, but have recently begun eating gluten free (of necessity), so that puts a damper on the baking. I'm not over the disappointment yet.Now I mostly bake for other people, which is its own kind of fun.

.... Enjoy playing nerdy word games, though I rarely win.

.... Have developed a passion for landscape photography and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Check out my Instagram account, updated daily from my adventures in the wilds.

WaterBrook Multnomah Press Room: where you'll find links to an author Press Kit, my publicists' contact information, and the means to request in interview through my publisher

Lori's Journey to publication:

Lori is represented by Wendy Lawton, of Books & Such Literary Agency. Here's a blog post from Wendy that she treasures. 

When Did You Know You Were A Writer?

So Let It Be Written 
My Ebenezer
A Big Day (and some news) 

Lori's battle with cancer/chemo fog (Hodgkins Lymphoma, Stage 2, diagnosed March 26, 1999):
Whatever Works 
So Let It Be Written
Chemo Brain: 12 years later