Award-winning and best selling author Lauraine Snelling began living her dream to be a writer with her first published book for young adult readers, Tragedy on the Toutle, in 1982. She has since continued writing more horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. All told, she has over eighty books published.
Shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, a hallmark of Lauraine’s style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German, and she has won the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.
As a sought after speaker, Lauraine encourages others to find their gifts and live their lives with humor and joy. Her readers clamor for more books more often, and Lauraine would like to comply … if only her paintbrushes and easel didn’t call quite so loudly.
Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston. They love to travel, most especially in their forty-foot motor coach, which they affectionately deem “a work in progress”.
Savanna: Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Lauraine. Congratulations on today’s release of A Harvest of Hope. Love the cover, by the way! Many readers enjoy picking out their favorite quotes from your books. Do you have a favorite quote from this novel?
Lauraine: Thank you. Holding a new book for the first time is always a time for celebration. I don’t have a favorite quote, but this came in this morning from a reader.
“I already found some quotes from you that are worth revisiting and I am only in the first two chapters or so. The one where you say “just because I don’t feel like smiling doesn’t mean I have to put that on others” or something like that. The other one, “so many dreams in the box with the dreamer“.
Thrilled me as you can guess. I have the best readers in all the world.
Savanna: Oh, I bet! 😉 I’m sure looking forward to reading it!
With this next installment in your Song of Blessing series, what has become the overall theme that you’re excited to share with your readers?
Lauraine: Forgiveness is always an over arching theme in my books because we have such trouble with that issue, especially forgiving ourselves. In Harvest of Hope, since trust is an issue that God has me working on in my relationship with him… guess what? Writers so often do this, we have our characters working on the same issue we are.
Savanna: With over 80 books to your name, is there a particular hero and heroine you’ve written that still hold a special place in your heart? If so, can you tell us why?
Lauraine: Oh my, what a loaded question. Who do I write about the most? Ingeborg. I tell people I want to be like Ingeborg when I grow up. More than one person has responded with. “You are Ingeborg.” Hmm, now that bears thinking on. For one thing, she bakes better bread than I do and drinks far more coffee. But inside? Possibly.
And a hero? Haakan, of course. But there are others I would like to get to know better, whatever book they appeared in wasn’t enough time. The one that comes to my mind is Garret, the veterinarian in Heaven Sent Rain. What a creative man with a big heart. Trygve is another.
Young Manny will be another one. I wonder if down the road there might be a book where he can be the hero. Talk about an over-comer.
Savanna: Your website mentions you also do lots of speaking engagements. What has been one of your favorite workshops you’ve presented and why?
Lauraine: Creating Great Characters has to be my favorite workshop to give for writers. I took that workshop from my standard, Writing Great Fiction. I LOVE creating memorable characters.
As for speaking, the talk I love to give the most is The Stories behind the Stories. Book ideas come in so many different and unusual ways—entertaining stories and fun to tell. Like the time I heard a weak and halting voice that felt like it was right there in the car with me, “Ben, I love you, I am going home. Goodbye.” I cried and cried. Or walking the land that would become Bjorklund land and feeling like I had been there before. That’s because I had visualized it for An Untamed Land. I could go on and on. If you haven’t guessed, I am a story teller.
Savanna: I loved reading that you enjoy gardening. I do too! 😉 What is your favorite thing to grow?
Lauraine: Flowers, glorious color, heady fragrances, riots of shape and beauty. I love my roses, as my FaceBook followers know so well since I post so many pictures of them on FB. I tried to tell my roses that we will most likely get a hard frost yet, but they insist on budding. Sigh.
Savanna: Getting to meet you this past September at the ACFW conference and give you a hug was a highlight for me. Can you share with us a special memory from your very first conference?
Lauraine: I have taught at many conferences through the years, I love to teach and encourage other writers, but that one was special. Talking with individuals was the highlight for me. In front of the elevator, at the tables, in the halls, in the gathering place where so many of congregated on the same floor as the main meeting room.
Savanna: Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Lauraine! It’s been great having you! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?
Lauraine: I just sent in the first draft of Streams of Mercy which follows Harvest of Hope and will be due out next fall is at the top of my list right now. There will be one more book in the Song of Blessing series.
I will be doing a two state tour, ND and MN in early July, you can find all the info on my web site. My next Contemporary Someday Home, will be out in early July which is the focus of that tour. Someday Home features three women stepping into a new season of their lives and joining resources to share a house, in Detroit Lakes in fact.
Even sooner than that, I get to visit ten libraries in Northern Minnesota, April 20-25. Again, you can find the schedule on my website, www.laurainesnelling.com
The easiest ways to contact me are through Email or Facebook. I so enjoy meeting my readers. Thanks for inviting me on your blog. Happy spring, oh and my daffodils are blooming. Blessings all.
Lauraine has graciously offered to give away a copy of A Harvest of Hope. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends March 10, 2015. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody! 😉
This looks like an amazing book! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! As for the last hero and heroine that have stolen my heart, they would be Elam and Sapphira from the Oracles of Fire series!
We’re happy you could join us, Amelia. I’ll have to check out the series you mentioned. 😉 Good luck in the giveaway and keep reading!
Anne and Gilbert. Need I say more? (o:
Awww, Kathryn, just reading your answer made me smile. Sweet memories of a sweet love story, indeed.
Looking forward to reading this one!
Me too, Ola! 😉 Hope you get to read it soon!
I love every book I have read by Lauraine. Thank you for the chance to own this one.
She has a gift, doesn’t she, Lucy? 😉 We’re glad you could join us for the interview and giveaway. Good luck!
Good authors write good books and Lauraine is right up there at the top! His one sure looks like a winner to me.
I agree, Melanie! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Good luck to you!
Laraine has long been a favorite author and you just can’t go wrong choosing her books! Thank you!!
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It’s hard to choose a favorite, isn’t it, Connie?! 😉 Hope you get to add this one to your bookshelves soon! Thanks for visiting.
I have a friend who would love this book so if I win, I am going to send it to her – thanks for the giveaway
Ohhh, fun! How sweet, Sharon! 🙂 Here’s wishing you – and your friend – good luck!!
Then you came to the right place, JJT! 😉 Good luck in the drawing. We’re glad you’re here.
Lauraine’s ‘Red River of the North’ series is one of my favorites in inspirational fiction. I’ve missed some of the more recent books about the dear folks in Blessing, but would love to catch up with them!
Oh, I hope you get to catch up with them too, Patty! 😉 Thanks so much for joining us.
Lauraine I have been reading your books since 1996 and the Red River of the North series. I so loved them I shared them with my Norwegian aunt, my dad’s parents were both Norwegian and I am very proud to say I am half Norwegian. I have enjoyed every series since and would really be pleased if I were the lucky person to win a copy of “A Harvest of Hope”.
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Hi Wendy! Thank you so much for sharing with us. Here’s hoping you get to read Lauraine’s latest book real soon! 🙂
I have read many of Lauraine’s books and look forward to this one too!
Wonderful, Joan! Good luck in this giveaway too! 😉
I read To Everything A Season & I’d love to win a copy of “A Harvest of Hope” and get to read another of your books 🙂
I too love those flowers.. Hurry Spring!
YES, Hurry Spring!! 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Deanna! Happy Reading and Good Luck in this giveaway.
thanks for the opportunity to read this novel 🙂
We’re happy you could join us, Karen. Good luck to you and have a great day!
Lauraine I love your books!! I think I have read all of them 🙂 I love Ingeborg’s family! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
I love to hear that! So glad you could stop by and enter to win, Sierra. Good luck!
So very much enjoyed getting to know Lauraine Snelling through this interview. Have enjoyed many of her books.
She is SUCH a sweet lady! I’m glad you enjoyed our interview. I hope you’ll enjoy her book even more, Robin! 😉
Laurain, I have been reading your books for many years. Each series is better than the last.I don’t know how you do it but keep it up. Thank you for the wonderful historical stories you write. I love how rich they are in history.I look forward to reading many more of your stories !
Hi Deanne, thank you for taking the time to share such sweet words for Lauraine. I hope you get to read and enjoy more of her books real soon. Thanks for following my blog!
I love Lauraine’s books, I can’t wait for the new one.
Lauraine has quite a long list of them, doesn’t she? 😉 Glad to meet another fan of hers! Good luck to you, Angela!
Looking forward to reading another book by Lauraine. Would love a chance to win this book. Thank you.
Well you came to the right place, Karen! 😉 Good luck and Happy Reading! And have a great week as well.
THis sounds like a good read! THANKS for a nice Giveaway!
Hi MS Barb, thanks for joining us and entering in the giveaway. Here’s hoping for a win!
Gosh, I love Lauraine’s books! I would love to win a copy of “A Harvest of Hope” . . . what a great title too!!! Thank you for the opportunity.
I know, I LOVE the title too! 🙂 We appreciate you stopping by, Chris. Good luck!
The heroine of the book I am currently reading is the one that holds a special place in my heart.
Hi Edward! I know the feeling. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck and Happy Reading!
“Red River of the North” was my very first series that I have read of your Lauraine and that was years ago! But I loved every single book and couldn’t wait to read the next one. You are one of my favorite authors!
I really enjoyed your interview here today and for taking time out of your day to come share with us. I think I have agree with you on the fact that forgiving ourselves is one of the hardest areas for us. I know for me it is one area I do struggle in. God is very gracious to forgive us when we truly ask for it, so we should extend the same grace to ourselves. One would think it wouldn’t be that hard, but it is!
I can’t believe you have over 80 books, what an accomplishment! Being an author has to be one of the most rewarding (if not at times frustrating) jobs there is. Knowing you are being used by the Lord to speak to so many people on all levels of life…wow! And I bet getting to meet some of your readers at different events would be the highlight of your life 🙂
Your book “A Harvest of Hope” sounds like a wonderful read. I can see from the synopsis how Miriam would be torn between two worlds! Thank you for the chance to find out for ourselves what happens in this great giveaway! I’m already on the edge of my seat just thinking about it 🙂
Savanna, as you know, I always enjoy the author interviews on your blog. Some I already know & some I get to know through your reviews & interviews. Always a joy to look forward to! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put out for all of us, blessings my friend!
Hi Trixi! THANK YOU for always taking the time out of your busy days to leave kind words for every author and me. We love sharing these stories and these lessons. I know I learn so much along with all of you and every book I read. Hope you get to read this one by Lauraine as well. Happy Reading to you… always!