Lori Benton – An Interview AND a Giveaway: The Wood’s Edge


It is my pleasure to host Lori Benton here on Britt Reads Fiction today. She is the author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge. Lori graciously answered a few questions I had and is also giving away a copy of The Wood’s Edge to one of my blog commenters. And, believe me, you are going to want to read this story! I was blessed to receive an advance copy which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading! The characters in this beautifully written novel have lodged themselves deep in my heart and I hope you will return next week to read my review of The Wood’s Edge.

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Thank you for being here today, Lori!

1. When I read your novels, I feel completely immersed in the time period of the book. As you craft your stories, are there certain things you do to help you step back into the past and move your focus away from the modern world?

I put in earplugs. That’s actually a very important step. I need to block out everything while I write, even in an empty house (empty except for my dog). It’s not so much because it helps me step back into the past. That’s always alive in my mind now because I’m always thinking about it, reading about it, writing about it. It’s to help me concentrate and forget my surroundings. I’m easily distractible!

2. I know that you read a lot of non-fiction books to aid in writing your historical books. Do you have time for reading for fun? If you do, what is your genre of choice?

If I couldn’t read for fun then my creative well would run dry. But it’s true that my time is limited now because the research must be kept up with, and other obligations that come with being published that but into reading time. One way I manage to keep reading is with audio books. That way I can read while I’m alone in the car, or fixing dinner, or doing other things that don’t require a lot of focus. I prefer the genre I write, historical. Now and then I read a contemporary set story, a mystery, or a YA dystopian.

3. Have your characters ever taken on a mind of their own and a story you were crafting began to go in a direction you didn’t see coming?

Yes they have. Most notably in a manuscript that hasn’t yet been published. A character refused to die when I meant her to and it changed the entire rest of the story. Made it better actually. Deeper. Less tidy and more realistic. I had to work up courage to let her have her way—because then I had to figure out how to make the story head in the direction I’d intended. In the end, it required plotting out a sequel in order to do so. But I think the whole story is much stronger for it. Hopefully one day I’ll get to share those books with readers.

4. Beginning with the first draft and ending with the release next week of The Wood’s Edge, what length of time did the entire process cover?

2009-2011 — During this time I was writing and researching Burning Sky, but because much of the back story in that book forms the historical backdrop for The Wood’s Edge and its sequel, next spring’s A Flight of Arrows, I was inadvertently researching The Wood’s Edge during this time as well. By the end of 2011 I had the story in mind and was researching it in earnest.
2012 — I wrote the first draft this year—the year before Burning Sky’s release (it had been contracted).
2013 — This year was a blur. Burning Sky debuted, I was editing The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and not managing to write a new book at all. I was thankful I’d already written The Wood’s Edge. I knew it needed a sequel, but I wasn’t up to writing it this year. I spent some of the year editing The Wood’s Edge, trying to get the word count trimmed down.
2014 — The Wood’s Edge and its sequel were contracted. I turned in the manuscript in April, when The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn released. Later that year I took it through the various rounds of editing and on into production. The cover design was released, I got to see the interior, endorsements were gathered.
2015 — And here we are, right on the cusp of the book’s release. It’s still as exciting as the first time, but this year I’m trying to get a new book written as well as promoting one, and editing another. Guess I’m learning to juggle this writing life better with practice.


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The Wood’s Edge (The Pathfinders #1)
WaterBrook Press (Penguin Random House)
April 21 2015
ISBN-10: 1601427328
ISBN-13: 978-1601427328

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both–Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?



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 the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge.

You can connect with Lori on her website, Facebook, and Pinterest.

And now…on to the giveaway!


Lori Benton is giving away a copy of The Wood’s Edge to one commenter.

To enter:
(US residents only due to shipping costs, please)
1. Comment on this post with your name and email in a non spam format
2. You can earn extra entries for being a follower of my blog and sharing about this post (don’t forget to let me know you are a follower and how you shared)
3. Giveaway begins 4/14/15 and ends 4/20/15. Winner will be announced on 4/21/15.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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43 Responses to Lori Benton – An Interview AND a Giveaway: The Wood’s Edge

  1. Melanie Backus says:

    I have heard such wonderful things about Lori’s book,The Wood’s Edge. I love the cover and the title. Thank you, Britttany for a great interview and please know that I would love to read this book.

    I am a follower!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Kathryn Voss says:

    Lori is one of my new favorite authors. I cannot wait to read this new book!

    I follow your blog.

  3. Kim Hampton says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Kim Hampton imaclogger23 at yahoo dot com
    I follow your blog and I shared on Facebook.

  4. karenk says:

    a wonderful posting…thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel.
    I’m a follower, too 🙂

  5. Jennifer Bretsch says:

    It’s always fascinating to hear a novel’s journey from idea to publication. Thanks for the great interview and the great giveaway! I also follow your blog and enjoy your posts. 😀

    Jennybug52 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. sonja1971 says:

    The Wood’s edge sounds really good! I would love to read this. I follow and I tweeted!
    sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  7. Sierra Faith says:

    I am following on Twitter and through email!! I also shared the giveaway through Twitter (@Sierrafaith327) Thanks for the giveaway!!!


  8. Rebecca Dewey says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am looking forward to this book!
    I follow your blog and I shared on twitter.

  9. Lori’s new book The Woods Edge has been on my TBR LIST FOR AWHILE NOW – I would love to win a copy!

  10. meezcarrie says:

    Great interview!! I follow and I shared on Pinterest carriemschmidt(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    Throughly enjoyed this interview and I’m fascinated with the storyline of this new book. Would love to read it!
    I’m a follower.

  12. Patricia says:

    Great interview. I can’t wait to read Lori’s new book. I’ve read Burning Sky & The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and loved them both. I’m a follower.

  13. Bonnie Roof says:

    Loved the interview, Lori and Brittany – thank you!! Enjoyed learning more about the writing of “The Wood’s Edge” – such a wonderful story line, can’t wait to read it!! I find it amazing that authors’ characters have a mind of their own, lol!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    I am a follower and have shared this post on Facebook!!

  14. Trixi O. says:

    I’ve seen this book around for a bit & have been interested in reading it! Thank you for the chance to win it! I’ve also shared this on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest & I am a follower of your blog via email!

  15. Lori’s books are fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on The Wood’s Edge! Thank you for sharing this wonderful review and giveaway!!

    I am a blog follower and have shared on Twitter.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  16. Mary Tomatz says:

    I have only just discovered Lori Benton as an author. Very excited about the giveaway!

  17. Wow, this book looks great! So much going on. And the cover is beautiful. Will definitely be on my to-read list. 🙂
    I’m a follower of you blog.

    Grace Olson
    grace (dot) olson (dot) 5973 (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Savurbks says:

    I have read and reviewed both of Lori’s previous novels and have looked forward to this new one since the cover debuted. Having a very personal interest in her new novel, The Wood’s Edge, I definitely will read, savor and devour it! I am a follower (savurbks(at)hotmail(dot)com. Thanks! (http://savurbks.com/)

  19. novelgnome says:

    I want to let you guys know that this book is truly fantastic. Lori has done a great job on this new novel. Brittany, interesting interview! Nice job!


  20. Alison Boss says:

    Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway! I am a follower of your blog 🙂 nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

  21. Sheri says:

    I have read both of Lori’s other two books and they are awesome!! She is truly my favorite Christian historical fiction author!! I can’t wait to read The Wood’s Edge…thanks for the chance at the giveaway!! Sheri
    hspruitt (at) frontiernet (doT) net

  22. Sheri says:

    I am a follower of your blog and I posted about the giveaway on Twitter. (nwgeorgiagirl)
    hspruitt (at) frontiernet (dOT) net

  23. What a wonderful review, Brit! This is a book that I’ve been seeing a lot of great reviews and comments. I enjoyed the interview and the description of the book has me hooked. This one is going on my wish list. Thanks for the information! I’m a follower through email.
    quiltcat26[at] sbcglobal[dot]net

  24. Rachael Merritt says:

    So very much looking forward to reading this new book! Burning Sky was fabulous! ewe_r_merritt(at) yahoo(dot)com

  25. tammy cordery says:

    I shared and I follow your blog. I would love to win this great book.

  26. tammy cordery says:

    I forgot my email address mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net would love to win this.

  27. Emilee Douglas says:

    I love reading about this time period. Lori is so gifted in bringing to life the characters and the settings. I LOVED her other 2 books! I can’t wait for this one to release!
    I’m following your blog via email. Thanks for the giveaway.

  28. Hi Brittany. I am a follower of your blog and I shared this on my Facebook page. I enjoyed your interview with Lori. I sure hope to be your lucky winner. I thank you both for this give-away.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  29. Patty says:

    Lori is the best in historical fiction in my mind. I especially loved Burning Sky!

  30. Jackie McNutt says:

    Thank you for the wonderful interview with Lori. I loved Burning Sky and The Pursuit Of Tamsen Littlejohn and I cant wait to read her new book The Wood’s Edge.
    Thank you for the giveaway. I am a follower of your blog

  31. Wonderful interview. I can’t wait to read “The Woods Edge”!


  32. Kelly says:

    Can’t wait to read Lori’s new book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

  33. I follow your blog by e-mail. This books sounds so good that I just want to dive in!
    Susan in NC

  34. This book is so rich in historical detail. This is my favorite type of book to read. I will now be reading the first two books in the series as well. Thank you so much for featuring this wonderful book. I have seen such high reviews for it and I am not surprised. This book sounds great and I hope to be reading it soon. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    I follow your blog.
    I shared on Facebook.
    I pinned on Pinterest.
    I tweeted on Twitter.
    I shared on Google+

  35. Rebecca Xavier says:

    Rebecca Xavier; rxavier123@yahoo.com

  36. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I follow your blog via email at rxavier123@yahoo.com.

  37. Rebecca Xavier says:

    I posted about the giveaway on Twitter here: https://mobile.twitter.com/RebeccaXavier2/status/589432122118660098.

  38. Lynda E. says:

    This sounds like a fascinating read! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

  39. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Great interview. 🙂


  40. KayM says:

    This book is one I really am looking forward to reading. Thanks for offering a copy! (I am a follower and I shared on my Pinterest giveaway board)
    may_dayzee [at] yahoo [dot] com

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