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[Christian Historical/Fiction/Religion]


Welcome, Lori!!

MBA&M: What made you decide to use Western North Carolina as a setting for your story?

Lori: North Carolina has a fascinating history. I set an earlier, unpublished novel there because I wanted to explore the experience of Scottish Highland immigrants, many of whom settled in North Carolina during the 18th century. While researching for this story, I stumbled upon mention of the Lost State of Franklin, a nearly five year span of post-Revolutionary War history I’d never in my life known existed. It was too intriguing not to use as a backdrop for a frontier story.

MBA&M: : Why do you write in Historical Fiction genre?

Lori: I write what I love to read, and I love to read historical fiction. I was never much interested in history as a child in school. It wasn’t until I rediscovered historical fiction as a teenager (I’d enjoyed the Little House books as a young child) that my interest in history developed. Now I’m not ashamed to call myself a history geek. The more I learn, the more I want to know.

MBA&M: What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

Lori: The first book I remember that had an impact upon me (it inspired me to write a similar type of story) is The Wolf by Dr. Michael Fox, a fictionalized version of a year in the life of a wolf pack, as the parents and other pack members raise a litter of pups. I found it in my school library when I was in the third or fourth grade. I have a copy of it now on my shelves. It appealed to me in part, and still does, for the gorgeous illustrations of the wolves. I’ve always has as strong a passion for art as I have writing, more so during my early years.

MBA&M: How do you get your creative juices flowing?

Lori: The number one method: I sit down and force myself to get to work at the same time each day, whether I feel like it or not. It may take a few minutes to overcome the initial feeling of “I’d rather be doing something else,” and begin to lose myself in the storytelling. But I always get there in the end if I stick it out.
But lest you think it’s all drudgery, this writing thing, I get inspired all the time by reading other writers’ novels. That’s how I was first inspired to write as a little girl in the 1970s. That’s how I’m still inspired to write. It’s one of the best creative well-filling methods I know, reading.

MBA&M: If you could have dinner with one single person, real or fictional, who would it be, where would you go, and what would you wish to talk about? Now and what would you order to eat?

Lori: I’d love to sit down with one of my favorite writers, or perhaps an intriguing person from history, but narrowing that down to one person is impossible.

If a writer, I’d love to talk shop and research, because I’d choose a writer like Diana Gabaldon or James Alexander Thom, who both write stories similar to mine, and both of whom inspire me.

If a person from history, I would choose someone from the 18th century. Possibly an Oneida person. Possibly even an Oneida man called Peter Agwelentongwas, also known as Good Peter. He was an Oneida man who helped lead his people during the Revolutionary War era. Unlike most members of the Iroquois (Six Nations), the Oneidas fought for the patriots. Many Oneidas were by this time Christians. Good Peter accepted Christ as his Savior in the 1750s. He was a warrior known for his fervent faith—he taught himself to read the Bible, translated into Mohawk—and for his loving nature. In spite of the poverty and suffering the Oneidas experienced after the war, he maintained a hopeful optimism about his nation. He traveled from village to village, offering kind words and prayers, singing hymns, and preaching sermons to encourage his brothers and sisters, until his death in 1794.

Whoever I chose, I’d be happy to share trail food (a granola bar and bottled water) with this person as we hiked along some ancient warpath over the Appalachians, or visited a historic site where something of note happened during in the 18th century.

Thank you, Lori, for spending time with us and our readers today. Congratulations of releasing this amazing title. I love historicals! What an intriguing interview!



About The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn…(from the publisher)

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn (WaterBrook Press, April 15, 2014) by Lori Benton, tells the gripping story of Tamsen, who is willing to do anything to escape a brutal stepfather and an unwanted marriage. She enlists the help of backwoodsman Jesse Bird to lead her over the mountains to western North Carolina. Her stepfather and suitor in swift pursuit, Tamsen must face wild animals, violent weather, and volatile groups of Native Americans. In her bid for freedom, Tamsen bargained for none of this, especially not for her growing attraction to her unlikely rescuer. When pursuit finally catches up with them, having fallen in love with Jesse Bird could prove the greatest risk of all.


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About Lori Benton…

LORI BENTON maintains an active online presence through social networking and her blog, Past Perfect, where she blogs about writing, faith, good books, and 18th-century history. A promising historical novelist, Benton plunges readers into the tumultuous Colonial South with an epic novel of adventure, romance, and faith.



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  1. I have been through this story and I just don’t have the words to express my feeling after reading this book. Now I am desperate to read many other books of the same author.

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