As the wife of a fireman, mother of four, grandmother of four, and mentor to four opinionated dogs (four seems to be the number around here!) life is always an adventure. I’m the author of the novel, My Gift to You, and two forthcoming nonfiction books, Fill Your Day with Hope and A Year’s Journey. I'm also the illustrator of the award-winning motivational picture book What Are You Thinking? and the soon to be released Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen. My cookbook, Peachy: A Harvest of Fruity Goodness is due out this fall. I love running, hiking, training my dogs for urban mushing, trying out new recipes for salsa, gardening, and photography. And awhile back I overcame some pretty deep fears so I'm also trying out a few new things like zip lining!
The wife of a fireman and mother of four, Lori Nawyn is an author, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. When she was ten, a fifth-grade essay contest taught her importance of writing as a means of self-expression. After she started a family, she worked for nearly ten years as a journalist for three regional newspapers, and as a freelance writer for various magazines such as Sagacity, City Lights, Vantage, Country Woman, Country Extra, and Lighthouse. Her award-winning fiction and non-fiction reflected her desire to help others recognize their own unique talents and abilities and overcome adversity as she explored such subjects as aviation, America's first transcontinental railroad, the Big Band Era, the early history of snow travel in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, water conservation and the environment, violence in schools, and family issues. Her greatest satisfaction came from learning life lessons from those whose stories she helped to tell. Her most recent articles, essays, and short stories focus on gratitude, family life, spirituality, writing, and history, and have appeared in regional and national print publications including Segullah, The SCBWI Bulletin, and Outside Bozeman.
Her first novel, My Gift to You, was published in October 2010 by Covenant Communications. Her upcoming book for women, A Year's Journey, will be released fall 2013. Fill Your Day with Hope, an inspirational book for women and girls, will be released in March of 2014. As a physical and emotional abuse survivor, it is her goal to continue to pursue publication as she endeavors to help others find their inner strengths.
Lori is also the illustrator of the award-winning motivational picture book What Are You Thinking? which was released July 2010 by ThoughtsAlive Publishing. Most recently she was asked to illustrate Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen, written by author and retired family therapist Christy Monson.