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Anyone who loves rich Colonial and early American historical fiction, NEEDS to get their hands on books by today’s featured author. NEED to READ, y’all! I’m completely serious here. As a matter of fact, there’s a link to the first two chapters of her next release just below… SCROLL!
About the Author
Lori Benton’s 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 and photographing the Pacific Northwest wilderness with her husband.
She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, Christy nominee The Wood’s Edge and A Flight of Arrows.
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Lori: You know it’s equally hard to pick just one favorite of five topics as five favorites of one, right?
Beth: Well, it’s nice to have options anyway, right?! 😉
Lori: C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia! Books that inspired me to write.
Beth: “Courage, dear one.” ????
Favorite time period
Lori: Love the 1700s in Scotland and Colonial/Federal America
Beth: Nice! I’ll gladly read those!
Favorite outside activity
Lori: Right now it’s landscape photography
Beth: LOVE!!! ❤ I adore following you on Instagram!
Favorite book setting
Lori: Anything frontier, where cultures collide
Beth: Yes and yes! ????
Lori: The Brother Cadfael books (20 Medieval mysteries by Ellis Peters… her exquisite writing, y’all!)
Beth: Now these I have not heard of! I will have to look them up because we were all BFF on all the other favorites!
Tell us about your latest release
Lori: So excited for this book to hit store shelves on August 29. I began writing Many Sparrows during a time when I was feeling unusually dry creatively, and though I didn’t really set out to do so, the characters’ story came to mirror a challenging season the Lord had just brought me through, in the sense that how they grow through their particular trials (not at all like my own!) and what they need to come to understand about God’s working in their lives, was very much what He’d been showing me in the months prior to my writing this story.
So this book comes from a very raw but very real place in my heart. My hope is that readers will (of course!) be entertained by this tale of frontier adventure, but also look deeper and find a hunger for more awareness of God in their own hearts, for eyes to see His hand, for the patience to wait for His timing.
LOOK!!! A Special Sneak Peek at the first TWO chapters of Many Sparrows
Beth: By the way, y’all can take advantage of a special preorder offer from the publisher, reader friends. Details in our latest Bookish Bargains post!
When settler Clare Inglesby is widowed on a mountain crossing and her young son, Jacob, captured by Shawnees, she’ll do everything in her power to get him back, including cross the Ohio River and march straight into the presence of her enemies deep in Indian country.
Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee, Jeremiah Ring, promises to guide Clare through the wilderness and help her recover Jacob.
Once they reach the Shawnees and discover Jeremiah’s own Shawnee sister, Rain Crow, has taken custody of Jacob–renaming him Many Sparrows–keeping his promise becomes far more complicated, the consequences more wrenching, than Jeremiah could have foreseen.
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Beth: Oh oh! This is the first I’ve read the blurb, looks like things are going to get interesting!!! (no blurb necessary for me to decide to read a book by Lori Benton, just the fact that it IS written by Lori Benton pretty much seals the deal!)
Tell us about your next release
Lori: My work in progress, tentatively titled The King’s Mercy, will take readers back to North Carolina as a setting, during an earlier period in the 18th century than I’ve written about before, the 1740s! And the story, like Many Sparrows, has some ties to an earlier novel of mine, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.
Beth: Now I REALLY MUST get my hands on Tamsen!!! Eeep!
What do you want readers to gain from Many Sparrows?
Lori: Patience with God’s timing and trust in His goodness. He’s got this! You, me, us. All the many sparrows.
Beth: Amen! What a beautiful truth to be reminded of!
Will readers be able to follow Clare and Jeremiah in future books?
Lori: Quite possibly. I love for characters to cross over into other stories and make it happen as often as I can!
Beth: As a reader, I love this too!
What kind of research did you do on the Ohio country setting?
Lori: This time around I got to do some on-site research, traveling along the Ohio River and even sleeping at Yellow Creek, the setting of the opening chapter… there are a race track and hotel there now!
Beth: Very interesting! I think I’d like to float down a river sometime, how cool would that be?!
What is the best time of year along the Ohio River?
Lori: I love autumn in the eastern mountains, such colors! The climax scenes of Many Sparrows are set in autumn with those fiery mountains as a backdrop. Fun fact: the working title for this book actually was The Flames of Autumn.
Beth: Autumn colors and mountains are always a winning combination! The beauty of autumn is certainly well captured on the cover! Thank you for sharing with us today, Lori!
Lori Benton has graciously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader a signed paperback of her next release, Many Sparrows!
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39 thoughts on “Lori Benton: author spotlight + q&a”
I haven’t read any books by Lori Benton yet but plan to remedy this tragedy soon. Many Sparrows sounds fascinating and the first two chapters have totally piqued my interest. Thanks for the interview and the snippet of the book!
YAY! *bookish happy dance*
I received two of Lori’s books as a giveaway. I am looking forward to reading them and would love to add this one to my collection. I love historicals.
Congratulations on your giveaway win, Paula! Happy reading!
Lori Benton is a new author to me. However, her book Many Sparrows is now on the top of my TBR list after reading the first two chapters here. I loved the story she is telling and the great emotion is is able to capture in just a few lines. Amazing!
That’s wonderful, Kay!!!
I have not read any books by Lori YET, but I have her FABULOUS things about them. I have Burning Sky on my Kindle, and just bought the book The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. So I am ready! Thank you for this interview and for the chance to win!
Oh good! You are stocked and ready!!! Happy reading, Jeanne!
Burning Sky by Lori is one of my very favorite historical fiction books, but of course they are all excellent! Can’t wait for this newest release.
Lori is a new-to-me author, and I would love to win a copy of her book. It sounds great. Thanks for the chance. ????
I’ve heard so many wonderful things already about Many Sparrows and Lori Benton’s books. This book is definitely on my TBR list. Congratulations, Lori, on your new book release.
Great interview, Beth and Lori!
Hi Beth and Lori, great interview! Congratulations on your newest book, Many Sparrows!
Lori, I have several of your books on my very looong TBR list and have added Many Sparrows to that list.
Lori is a new author for me. i love the idea of a woman having to fight for her son’s return and battling the elements too. I couldn’t load the sneak peek, but this book sounds amazing and suspenseful.
I loved The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and all the historical details woven into an intense story!
I haven’t rad any books by Lori yet. I really look forward to reading this author and this book sounds marvelous!
Lori’s books are great. Congrats on the new book Lori!
I haven’t read any of her books yet but I have Burning Sky and The Woods Edge already. I just need to find the time to read them! Many Sparrows sounds like another great book to add to my tbr pile! I enjoyed reading the interview and the first of this new book. Thanks for this giveaway.
I’m with you, Beth. All I need to know is Lori’s name on the book and I’m sold. I can’t wait to read this. Thanks for the interview!
I’ve read all of Lori’s book so far. I love how she makes the early frontier come alive and writes characters I become invested in. She’s definitely one of my must-read authors!
Lori, what a fun interview! I always enjoy your landscape photography — it’s inspiring! I’m excited to be reading Many Sparrows really soon, myself!
Beth. You MUST read The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn ASAP! Don’t rest until you do. It’s THAT amazing. And the hero, Jesse, is your type, I believe: rugged frontiersman. Need I say more? 😉
I haven’t read any of Lori’s books yet but I have them all except Many Sparrows and I have it in my cart at CBD right now. I hope to get started on them soon.
The first book I read by Lori was At Wood’s Edge. I loved it so I was very happy when A Flight of Arrows was released to finish the story. A few days ago I finished Burning Sky and am in the midst of reading The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. I’m really looking forward to reading Many Sparrows. I’ve learned that Lori’s books are excellent and now are “must reads” for me. Her heroines are strong, admirable women and her heroes definitely swoon worthy. Faith is also strong in her books.
Love love love Lori Benton’s books. I can’t wait to read this one!
I haven’t read any of Lori Benton’s books. This one sounds very interesting!
I havent read any books by Lori Benton yet but this sounds amazing. I now looked up her books and excited to give them a try! Thank you for introducing me to new authors!
OH, HOPE!!! This makes my reader heart leap with joy! ????????????
I haven’t read any of Lori Benton’s books, although I have seen them peppered around online. Many Sparrows is interesting and I would like to see how she handles that part of history. As a Native American amateur history buff, I love these kind of stories, whether in book form or movie.
Lori is a new to me author. And what a conflict. That would be a delicate situaition for sure!
My reader heart! I can’t wait to find out!
I haven’t read Lori’s work, but I’ve read good reviews for Many Sparrows and have added it to my to-read list on Goodreads.
That’s an excellent first step 😉
I haven’t read anything by Lori before, though I’ve read some really great reviews on her books! Definitely want to remedy that soon 🙂
I have Lori’s books! The Woods Edge. I love books including Indians. very fine book. I would love to win this book, Many Sparrows. Thanks for a chance. Maxie
I haven’t read anything by Lori Benton yet… *but* I ordered The Wood’s Edge from CBD recently, so I’m looking forward to starting that one soon! 🙂
YAY!!! That was a fabulous deal, too!!! Happy reading!
Your new book sounds really good! You would be a new author for me. Thanks for doing the giveaway.
Love all your books – can’t wait to read Many Sparrows!
Hi Lori! You’re a new author to me but this book sounds outstanding! I’m in Ohio (north by the lake, not south by the river) but I love the historic setting! Thanks for sharing your heart and your talents with us!
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I have read all of Lori’s books except this one and I love them all. The history is the best!