2014 Keynote Speaker: Lauraine Snelling
Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author with well over two million books in print. When she first began writing, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.” Her dream manifested into reality in 1982 with the publication of Tragedy on the Toutle, a story about a girl and her horse caught in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Lauraine continued the dream with two more best-selling series: High Hurdles and Golden Filly. Her latest youth series, S.A.V.E. Squad is now in bookstores, alongside her first novel newly titled What About Cimmaron?
Lauraine’s love of storytelling has led her into writing inspirational romances for adults. Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to write An Untamed Land, the first volume in the Red River of the North series about the Bjorklund family’s struggle to emigrate from Norway and settle in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. Due to reader demand this saga has grown into three more series, a prequel called An Untamed Heart and plans for the 2014 release of To Everything A Season, the first installment in the new Songs of Blessing series.
Writing about real issues within a captivating story is a hallmark of Lauraine’s style, shown also in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction, which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In her novel, Reunion, Lauraine tackles the challenging issues of family secrets and how they can shatter a family for generations. One reviewer says, “Reunion is a compelling story inspired by events in the author’s life—clearly her finest novel to date.”
All told Lauraine has over 70 books published. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Her work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German and can be found in many countries around the world. Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly. When not writing or gardening, Lauraine can be found with paintbrush in hand creating flowers, landscapes and even a chicken or two. Lauraine and her husband Wayne love to meet readers, as they travel the U.S. in their motor coach, accompanied by their rescue basset hound named Winston.
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