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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#TuesdayTreasures Guest post by Lori Benton

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Today's guest is new to me and our blog and brought to us by LitFuse Publicity, so please welcome, Lori Benton!

For the past year or so one of my treasures has been my Kodak Easy Share camera. It’s more complex than a point and shoot, but doesn’t boast all the features that some cameras do. You can’t attach lenses, but there are various settings and ISO speeds and the ability to zoom with the built-in lens. There are much bigger, faster, stronger cameras out there, so why do I love this little camera so much?

Before I became a writer in my early twenties, I was a wildlife artist. I drew and I painted. I was passionate about the visual arts. My work hung in a gallery alongside that of Robert Bateman (my all-time favorite wildlife artist). Then the writing bug bit and I allowed painting to fall by the wayside.

Writing is more demanding of me creatively than painting ever was. After about twenty years there came a season where I was feeling drained. Burned out might not be overstating matters.

Then, through a friend with a passion for photography and the outdoors, I discovered Instagram and “woke up” to the gorgeous state in which I’m blessed to live (yes, I was actually in danger of losing my awe about the Pacific Northwest as well!). I decided to learn how to use my little camera beyond treating it like a point and shoot. I studied what other landscape photographers were posting on Instagram. I grew adventurous. I discovered new trails, new mountains, new coves and beaches and waterfalls across Oregon and neighboring states.

I bought a tripod. I learned how to edit my photos and discovered that was half the fun for me. The visual artist in me had reawakened!

And, unexpectedly, my creative well started filling up again—a good and necessary thing for a writer to be sure she’s doing in the midst of the long and demanding process of bringing a novel through from concept to publication.

Check out more of my photos on Instagram.

I love taking photos too, Lori! These are beautiful and definitely something to treasure. Thanks for sharing with us. Now please tell us a little more about yourself and your new book.....

 Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of “Burning Sky,” recipient of three Christy Awards, “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn,” Christy-nominee “The Wood’s Edge,” and “A Flight of Arrows.”

Find out more about Lori at http://loribenton.blogspot.com

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . .

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

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Wow... wishing you the best of luck and God's blessings with your new book, Lori!

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Jacqueline Seewald said...


It's wonderful that you are both an artist and a writer. Best wishes for the success of your book!

Kristen said...

We live in the Pacific Northwest too, Lori. What a beautiful gift photography is and your books look very interesting as well. I'm so glad that capturing nature has stirred your soul once more!

Leah St. James said...

I used to have a Kodak Easy Share and loved it! I can't call myself a photographer or visual artist, though. I'm one of those who generally chops off heads--visually, that is!!--and leaves the rest of the image blurry, even with a point-and-shoot! Sounds like a fantastic story. I also grew up in an area rich in early American history, and I often think how brave the women of those times were. Wishing you much success!