Lori Henriksen is a debut indie author who embarked on a writing healing journey that gradually transformed into a novel inspired by her mother’s life about a young woman who struggles to define herself in a world where she does not seem to fit. Envisioning how her mother’s life might have been if she was able to live her authentic truth, Lori realized how much and how little has changed for the LGBTQ community. It is her hope that this story about the healing power of love will positively influence anyone who reads it.
JUST RELEASED JUNE 13, 2017
In the shadow of the Great Depression, long before historical changes leading toward LGBTQ advocacy and equality, the lives of Ruth, Gisela and Duke entwine as Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery, struggling with deep-rooted societal dogma fraught with dangerous repercussions. After the U.S. enters WWII, each faces a test of their fortitude as they all three must come to grips with redemption, forgiveness, the meaning of family, and how to live their authentic truth.
Both heart wrenching and uplifting, The Winter Loon honors the strength and spirit of all those who grapple with social persecution because of who they love and how they define family whether it is one’s own flesh and blood kinfolk and/or those nearest and dearest to their heart.
“This is an ambitious, gripping, often painful story with a lot of drama and emotion, ups and downs and an ending that leaves the reader in satisfying tears.”
“What a beautiful, thoughtful book. The Winter Loon offers up complex characters and issues, a multi-textured plot and lots of heart. I have felt wrapped in the cocoon of this beautiful love story.”
Writing Mentor, Editor, Author of Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul.