“I want readers to understand
that freedom isn’t doing
Lois;Walfrid;Johnson;is;the;best- selling author of more than thirty-eight;books,;and;her;work has;been;published;in;English-
speaking countries throughout the
the United States, including Hawaii, to
offer instruction about writing and in-
spirational topics at conferences, univer-
sities, writers’ groups, and both Christian
From;my;earliest;memory,;my;moth-er read to us at bedtime, using an excellent book of Bible stories for children.
My dad read from the Bible at mealtimes. Now, looking back, I realize that
bushes in front of our house, to correct
me for something I had done. The thorns
made it a miserable job. As I sat down on
a sidewalk, a church bell began to ring
for a funeral. When the bell stopped, I
thought: What a long time for someone
to live. I wonder what that person left
behind? If I could possibly write a book,
that’s what I’d like to leave behind.
fun, what hurts them. I want to speak to
all those things.
A: I had written for four age levels with
I couldn’t forget his words. I decid-
give, resolve their conflicts, discover how
Using some truth and a great amount
of;fiction, I;asked;myself;what if questions. What if a widowed mom in Minneapolis married a widowed dad with three
Stranger in the Adventures of the North-woods;series.;In;every;novel;I’ve;written
part of the plot.
Q: Your books are so well researched.
A: I start learning everything I can
about a topic, a possible setting, and a
time period. That means reading ex-tensively,;interviewing;people,;thinking
be, their backgrounds, and what is need-ed;to;make;a;story;come;together.
about the interests the Lord develops in
Q: Tell us about the Freedom Seekers
A: While still writing Northwoods nov-els,;I;said;to;my;husband:;“I;like;doing
this so much that I want to keep writing