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What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved books from a very young age, so my favorite childhood book changed with me. There was a time I loved the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder best and read them over, and over, and over. Then came a season when I couldn’t read The Chronicles of Narnia enough times to suit me. But I suppose the book that had the biggest impact on me during childhood was a novel called The Wolf by Dr. Michael Fox. It was the story of a wolf pack, a sort of “year in the life of” saga beginning when a litter of pups was born, following the pack’s fortune for their first year. I was captured three-fold, by the natural science, the storytelling, and the gorgeous illustrations by Charles Frace. I still have a passion for wolves, wildlife art, and (of course) storytelling.
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
The book just mentioned, The Wolf. Once I’d read it a dozen times or so I decided, in the fourth grade, to give writing a book just like it a go. I don’t recall how far I got with it, several chapters in at least, and though it wasn’t the first story I’d written by the ripe old age of 10, the notion that I would one day write (and actually finish!) books with chapters in them was well cemented by my love for The Wolf.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
The Maggie Bright, by Tracy Groot. It’s a story of Dunkirk, WWII. I’ve loved everything of Tracy’s I’ve read, which is most of her books, but TMB has one scene at the end that is so beautiful and touched me so deeply that I wept.
What books are currently on your nightstand?
I’m reading one of Joanne Bischoff’s books, To Get To You. She’s a marvelous writer. There’s also a book on the writing craft by Lisa Cron which is, I hope, in the process of helping me with some of the weaknesses my own writing process. It’s called Story Genius, How To Use Brain Science To Go Beyond Outlining And Write A Riveting Novel [Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere]. If you don’t read any other writing craft book this year (and if writing craft books are your thing) read one of Lisa’s.
What upcoming release are you most looking forward to?
I can’t pick just one! Jocelyn Green’s A Refuge Assured (Feb 2018) and Joanne Bischoff’s new Norwegian-American series (summer 2018), the first titled Sons of Blackbird Mountain. Also Laura Frantz’s The Lacemaker (Jan 2018).
More about Many Sparrows
Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…
In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?
Lori Benton was born and raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American and family history going back to the 1600s. Her novels transport readers to the 18th century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history, creating a melting pot of characters drawn from both sides of a turbulent and shifting frontier, brought together in the bonds of God’s transforming grace.
Lori’s debut novel, Burning Sky, earned the 2014 Christy Award for First Novel, Historical, and Book of the Year.