Can you share some examples of how your faith impacts your storytelling?

A storyteller must write for the heart, and I write from my heart. My purpose is to help shape young women’s lives—to tell stories of God’s love and forgiveness in a way that encourages women to make wise choices in life, regardless of what others are doing.

We teach by example. And I always praise the librarians who have pointed a reader my way.

Why is storytelling such a powerful way to communicate truth?

Jesus often spoke in parables. For me, writing is the joy of communicating fact AND fiction in my books. My goal is and always will be to tell a story of unbelievable love and redemption using a romance format.

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Buy their book! Write a review on numerous sites, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads—find a way to pass the word along that you’ve read a book that really connected with you.

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Brides of the West #1
Lori Copeland
Tyndale House
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With the matrimonial prospects in her little Michigan town virtually nonexistent, nineteen-year-old Faith—along with her two sisters, Hope and June—answers an ad for mail-order brides. Before she knows it, she’s on her way to Deliverance, Texas, to marry wealthy rancher Nicholas Shepherd.

But from the moment she arrives in Deliverance, sparks fly between Faith, a strong-willed tomboy, and her prospective husband—a man with a strong will of his own! After a string of wedding postponements and a slew of interferences, a union between Faith and Nicholas begins to look less and less likely.

In the meantime, Faith and Nicholas are beginning to care for each other—but is their matching stubbornness destined to forever be a barrier between them?

Brides of the West #2
Lori Copeland
Tyndale House
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Like her sister before her, June leaves her Michigan home to embrace her future as a mail-order bride to a young Washington State pastor. But from the start, nothing works out as June expects.

Caught up in her fiancé’s vision for an elaborate tabernacle that would befit God’s glory, she soon learns that not everyone approves of the plan; some would rather support the local orphanage. June finds herself drawn to the orphanage run by her friend Samantha and her aging aunt.

Caring for the orphans is a natural outlet for June’s generous, nurturing spirit. But the two projects seem incompatible, and June finds herself faced with difficult choices—choices that challenge both her faith and her heart.

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About The Author

Lori Copeland had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. She has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. Despite her success in more mainstream romantic fiction, in 1995, she decided to switch focus. Her subsequent books have been in Christian romance. She has also collaborated with authors Angela Elwell Hunt or Virginia Smith on a series of Christian romance novels.