Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordLori 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.

When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching 18th century history, Lori enjoys exploring the mountains with her husband – often scouring the brush for huckleberries, which overflow the freezer and find their way into her signature huckleberry lemon pound cake. For more, visit


Welcome back to the blog, Lori! I’m so glad to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, A Flight of Arrows. I’ve been counting down to this sequel ever since I finished The Wood’s Edge. 🙂

Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordWhat do YOU love most about this story?

So my mind just about burst with all the possible answers that clamored to be The One when I read this question! What I enjoyed a lot about writing this story was also its biggest challenge: finally getting to see the world from inside William Aubrey’s head and heart. Except for a couple of letters in The Wood’s Edge, I made readers wait a long time for that. And what I enjoyed most about writing William’s story in this second book was how a certain character readers of my earlier books will be familiar with played a key role in softening William’s wounded, hardened heart. But to say more would be far too spoilery (is that a word?)!

Haha! Love it. Oh, I can’t wait to get to know William more. 🙂 Do you have one character you will miss the most when the series is finished?

The Pathfinders is a two book series so I’ve already moved on and am writing something new now. I still think about the characters (a lot) and I miss writing them. There are certain relationships I’d have liked to explore further. There are later events during the Revolutionary War that involved the Oneidas and the people of Schenectady, NY that would have been challenging and interesting to portray. Though the story of these two families is brought to a conclusion with A Flight of Arrows, in my mind those characters’ lives have gone on, and I’ve seen some of it. Maybe one day I’ll write those stories too.

I love seeing all your FB pictures of your outdoor activities there in Oregon. What’s one of your favorite things to do for fun?

Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordOther than hiking on the weekends every chance we get and shooting the occasional arrow? I enjoy baking while listening to a good audio book. I also work at my church one day a week now. On that day I might weed flower beds, clean bathrooms, drive a golf cart to the burn pile, work in the kitchen at the retreat center on the mountain behind the church, or set up Sunday School classrooms (including drawing a picture of that Sunday’s lesson on four dry erase boards). All of that and more. I love the variety, the people I’m working with, and learning new skills (I’m no gardener… yet).

I read on your website that you love audio books. What’s one of your favorites you’ve enjoyed listening to recently?

I recently listened to two of Susan Meissner’s books on audio, Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Fall of Marigolds. Both were excellent. I admire how Susan interweaves her contemporary and historical story threads. An audio book I always go back to if I have nothing new to listen to is To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, read by Steven Crossely. I wish everyone would listen to this book!

You recently started learning how to play the cello, is that right? Do you have a favorite song to play?

Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordI started taking lessons at the end of October, but it’s been very slow going. I’m not up to playing songs yet, unless you count Jingle Bells and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And I play even those badly! I’m not sure I have much musical talent. Maybe it’s not finding the time to practice as much as I want to that’s holding me back. But it’s something I’ve always wanted to try, so I’m trying. I’m determined to give it at least a year before I decide whether this is something I like enough to keep on with it.

I think that’s great! The cello is such a beautiful instrument.

Do you have a word of advice for aspiring writers out there? We’d love to hear something that has helped and encouraged you.

I sometimes wish there was a set of rules or steps I could hand to beginning writers—do this and you will be a good writer and find a publisher in X amount of time. But the more published writers whose writing journey stories I hear, the more I believe each path is unique, both in timing and circumstance. Not all writers take 22 years to see their writing craft mature and their first book published (I did). The best thing I can say is this: if you love to write, then write. Don’t stop. While you are writing educate yourself about the writing craft (read good books on the subject; I have a list of recommendations on my website). Also while you are writing, educate yourself about the business side of things. It’s easy to do with so much knowledge at your fingertips online (not like when I began in the early 1990s). Where to start? Follow agent blogs like Books & Such. They’ll tell you what you need to know if you are patient and pay attention. Check their archives for older posts on subjects you need to see addressed. Do the work.

Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordThank you so much for joining us today, Lori! It’s always a joy to have you here. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

It’s too early to talk in any detail about my upcoming projects, but I’m happy there are two on the horizon. Both look to be stand-alone novels at this point, with new settings and characters, though each will be set in the same 18th century world I’ve been building for the past few years (always with potential for characters from previous books to wander into the middle of things). Readers can anticipate more of what they’ve come to expect from my stories—frontier adventures, issues of faith and culture, and a generous dash of romance. I’m excited about these upcoming novels and hope readers will be too.

Yay! That sounds great, Lori. They will certainly be on my reading list. 😉 Have a blessed 2016!


Lori has graciously offered to give her complete series, including both Wood’s Edge AND A Flight of Arrows  to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Contest ends April 19, 2016.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

92 comments on “Interview with Lori Benton & GIVEAWAY
  1. Stella Potts says:

    I do not play anything but all my life I have wanted to play the piano. I have never had the privilege of learning though.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Stella! Thanks for joining us. Yes, the piano is such a special instrument. I played a little growing up, but I’m afraid I fell out of practice. I’d love to pick it back up someday.

  2. Julia Bartgis says:

    Love your blog!

  3. Joanne Keith says:

    I do so love the time period that Lori Benton writes about! And the cello…I have always wanted to learn the violin, or fiddle as my family would say! Thank you Savanna, I really love getting to know little obscure details about the authors. You ask the best questions! A big thank you to Lori as well…I now want to read all her books!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Me too, Joanne!! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed our interview. I hope you get the chance to read Lori’s books soon. Each one I’ve read I’ve loved. And I hope you learn to play the violin/fiddle someday. I LOVE that instrument. Always thought it would be fun to play. 😉

  4. Kathryn Voss says:

    I kind of play the piano, but I’d love to master a violin. The only problem is, it takes so long to stop sounding like you are killing cats when you practice.

  5. Sheri says:

    I play the piano but not as often as I did growing up. I love Lord’s books and can’t wait to read this new one!!

  6. Lisa says:

    I play the guitar and piano but haven’t played in awhile…LOVE Lori’s books!!!

  7. Bonnie Roof says:

    I play the piano – also used to play the organ and the accordion many years ago, probably couldn’t hit the right organ pedals and accordion buttons now.

    Such an interesting interview, Lori and Savanna – thank you!! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!!

  8. Lucy Reynolds says:

    I would love to know how to play to play the piano or the harp.

  9. Annie JC says:

    I used to play the flute, but I’ve always wanted to play the piano and cello!

    Great interview! Lori’s new to me so thanks!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awww, Annie, you MUST check out Lori’s books when you get the chance! 🙂 I had a friend that played the flute. It always looked so complicated to me. 😉 I’m glad you could join us!

  10. Pam Myers says:

    I play the piano but haven’t played in years I just recently started readin Lori Benton books and love them

  11. Karen F says:

    Once upon a time I played the flute. But that seems like a different life now…I would like to learn to play the guitar someday.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Karen! Yeah, I’d love to learn how to play the guitar someday. I’ve always been a bit confused by it in the past. We’ll see. 😉 Good luck in the drawing!

  12. Colleen says:

    I played the clarinet in middle school, but then just didn’t have time for it anymore. I still have it, maybe one of these days I’ll pick it back up.

  13. Candice Valdez says:

    I played the flute in high school but do not play anymore. Would love to learn how to play the violin or guitar though!

  14. emilee douglas says:

    I wish I could play a piano!

  15. Sydney says:

    I sort of play the piano. Can plunk out what I need to. But mostly I sing.

  16. Ola Norman says:

    I would to play the piano.

  17. Diane Blaser says:

    In high school I played both the clarinet and the oboe, but that was many, many years ago. Both of my daughters played the flute and piccolo in high school as well.

  18. Melanie Backus says:

    I play a piano.

  19. Heather Olsen says:

    I played the flute in high school many, many years ago. I haven’t touched it since. Wish I had kept it up.

  20. Beth Erin says:

    I played auxiliary percussion in high school, which was everything from cymbals, cowbell, wood block, and tambourine to car horn and duck call. SO. MUCH. FUN!

  21. Jennifer Bretsch says:

    I have loved every one of Lori’s books and can’t wait to read her latest. I am so excited to finally see things through William’s eyes. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  22. Linda Moffitt says:

    No I never did except of course the recorder in school LOL I would LOVE to be able to play any kind of instrument actually Thanks

  23. Susan Fletcher says:

    I play the piano, but not very well. I took lessons for about 14 years, but it was not natural ability, so I had to work hard for it. The thing is, I didn’t work on it as hard as I needed, so my skills definitely “lack.”

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      At least you can still play some. 😉 That’s fun! That was my problem when I was younger… I didn’t practice as much as I needed to. 😉 I’m glad you stopped by, Susan. Good luck in the giveaway!

  24. Dezi A says:

    I play the piano fairly well and once upon a time I was playing the violin, but I haven’t touched that since 8th grade.

  25. MS Barb says:

    Yes, I play piano, trumpet, French Horn & the harmonica

  26. Yes, I took after my mom and played the clarinet for a short time and the piano for a short time. My mom played much longer and much better than I ever did.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win copies of Lori’s books.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      That’s neat you were able to play the same instruments your mom played. What a special thing to share. Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Wendy. Good luck in the giveaway! 🙂

  27. Bonnie Moore says:

    I don’t play any instrument but I admire you for learning to play the cello. It seems like it would be difficult to learn!

  28. kim hansen says:

    Tried learning to play the guitar and piano not very good at either.

  29. Lori Benton says:

    Thank you so much for this fun interview, Savanna! And thanks everyone who has commented and entered the drawing. Less than a week now until A Flight of Arrows releases and I’m very excited for you to read “the rest of the story.” 🙂 Blessings to you all!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      HI Lori!! Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. It’s always such fun to have you visit. 🙂 I can’t wait to finish the story and for all your other readers to enjoy it too. 🙂

  30. I played the piano and flute as a kid but abandoned them to take art lessons, and ended up majoring in art in college 🙂 I still love music and my daughters are going to start lessons soon.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh wow, Heidi, that’s so neat! I always wished I had more artistic talent, but I could hardly even draw, let alone paint anything pretty. 😉 haha! Hope your daughters enjoy their lessons too!

  31. Diana Guz says:

    I have no musical talent whatsoever, but I adore the violin and have always wanted to play it! The books sound lovely, thank you!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      At least we’re still able to listen and enjoy the talents of others, right, Diana? I’m with you! 😉 Hope you get to read Lori’s book soon!

  32. Deanna Stevens says:

    I play the Saxophone & the piano..
    I’ve been waiting for this one! can’t wait to read it 🙂

  33. Polaris says:

    I don’t play an instrument, but if I did I would love to play either a harp or the violin.

  34. Donna B says:

    In my younger days I played the accordion a little bit. My mom and sister also play the accordion and piano. If I learned to play another instrument, it would probably be the piano.

  35. KayM says:

    When I was growing up, I took both organ and piano lessons, but it’s been years since I played and instrument.

  36. Karen G. says:

    No, I don’t play any instrument. I did own and tried to play a guitar when I was younger but being hearing impaired it didn’t work out. I carried that old guitar around like I really knew how to play it for many years.

  37. Pam K. says:

    I wish I could play the piano. My mom told me at age 10 I’d regret quitting taking piano lessons. I remember telling her, “oh, no, I won’t!” But of course I do!
    I got really excited when I read Lori is giving away a set of all her books! This is one giveaway I’d dearly love to win. I’m really looking forward to reading A Flight of Arrows. The Wood’s Edge is an excellent book. Her other books are on my “want” list.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Pam! So glad you could stop by and enter the giveaway. I hope you get to read Lori’s latest series too! Your story about your mom sounds very familiar. My mom said the same thing and to this day I regret not keeping up my lessons. 😉

  38. Kim Potter says:

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  39. dianne casey says:

    I do not play an instrument, but I think if I was going to try playing an instrument it would be the piano.

  40. Lientjie Human says:

    I don’t play any instrument, but if I did I’d go for violin or flute.

  41. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    Seems most people want to, or do, play the piano. That is What I would like to play as well.

  42. Trixi says:

    I played the cornet in 4th & 5th grade (small trumpet) but gave it up because I lost interest after that. I haven’t tried to pick up any other instrument as an adult though. I’d love to learn how to play the piano, violin or cello…maybe have a one woman band….lol!!
    Lori, I love that you are learning to play the cello. It has such a beautiful sound to it. I hope that you decide to keep playing. I think it would be awesome to learn to play hymns, it would uplift your spirit. I know it would mine 🙂

    Thank you for the author interview. I enjoyed reading it and getting to know you. I’ve not read “The Woods Edge” but it is on my very loooooong list of must-reads!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Trixi! Awwww, you MUST read Lori’s books soon. You’ll love them, I’m sure! 🙂 Hahaha! A one woman band sounds interesting! 😉 I agree… playing hymns would be so special. So glad you enjoyed our interview. Good luck in the giveaway!

  43. Joan Arning says:

    I took piano lessons for a short while and did not do very well!! Recently I’ve discovered I enjoy listening to the cello!

  44. vickie says:

    I can play the flute. I used to could also play the saxophone and the bassoon when I was in school. Not sure that I still can.

  45. Wenona says:

    In school, I played the flute – but haven’t touched that in quite a few years. Now I enjoy listening to my kids play the piano. 🙂

  46. Brenda Murphree says:

    I play a bass guitar in church. I can play piano some and used to play in a little home missions church. But I hardly ever play piano anymore.

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