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Now let's meet novelist LoRee Peery, author of Found in the Woods (White Rose Publishing—a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, July 2012).
A lifelong Nebraskan, LoRee Peery is the oldest of seven and grew up on a Nebraska farm. Thanks to her mother, she learned to read when she was four and has devoured books since.
LoRee and her husband have tackled some interesting projects over the course of their married life. For one, they built the home they live in with their own hands. They once wanted more acres further away from city life, but one day LoRee realized they had their “greener on the other side of the fence” already. All it took was removing the hedge made of trees and bushes.
She feels grounded in her sense of place and considers it a blessing to have lived most of her life in the country.
Her Frivolities series is available from White Rose Publishing.
How wonderful to sense such contentment in your bio, LoRee!
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
-- I would rather be outside than cook.
-- When I was 18 I wore an asymmetrical hairstyle.
-- I learned to read music during my one year of “town” school, but could never master the bass clef.
-- As a young woman I looked at my mother and said to myself, “I will never wear an elasticized waist.” Oh boy, never say never.
-- I want to walk to the top of a light house.
Oh, man, that waistband comment is priceless.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Found in the Woods.
Beth Phillips returns to Platteville, Nebraska in order to begin a new life and to hide from her abusive ex-husband. The secluded cabin offers a chance to stay hidden and to draw closer to God, but Beth quickly discovers she is not alone in the woods. She befriends a curious, displaced wolf, but instead of fearing the animal Beth finds comfort in his company.
When field biologist, Aiden Holt, follows up on reported wolf sightings, he finds the animal and Beth Phillips. With emotional baggage of his own, Aiden usually prefers animals to people, but Beth's passion to keep the wolf draws Aiden in. Experience tells him the wolf needs relocation. His heart tells him he needs Beth Phillips. He camps nearby to capture the wolf, but can he capture Beth's heart, too?
Two souls, each lost in their own way, are brought together by one of God's beautiful creations. Will the Lord's path to their destiny be found in the woods?
What is it about Beth that will make your readers care about her?
Beth goes beyond survivorship. She is an overcomer, determined to become who the Lord wants her to be.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead role?
What would you say was the turning point in your path to becoming a published author?
It was a spiritual point in my life involving another person. When I determined I can’t do the work of the Holy Spirit, and gave that situation over to the Lord, I received my first contract.
What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?
I really enjoyed Homeschooling Can Be Murder by Susan Lyttek. It’s fresh and different with a touch of mystery that involves children.
And we just featured Susan and her novel!
What are you working on now?
The present life really does affect creativity. I’ve had a rough year with family issues taking up my time. Not an excuse, simply the reality that family comes first. My WIPS are a romance based on a real life experience and on the back burner is another romance sparked by an 800-word short story.
I hear you about life interrupting the creative process, LoRee! I think most of us have points in life when we have to ease back and wait for life to catch up.
Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
I’d like to know how many readers look at the end of a book before the beginning…that’s how my mother determined whether or not to read a book.
Yikes! I'm interested to hear how everyone responds to that one.
Thank you, LoRee, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, LoRee has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 22. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to LoRee's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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