Lori Henriksen

author of The Winter Loon


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. After delving into LGBTQ history, 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.




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 their 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.”

—Alan Rinzler
Consulting Editor

“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.”

—Alissa Lukara
Writing Mentor, Editor, Author of Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul.

7 thoughts on “Home

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Lori. Good luck with your novel. Beautiful title!

  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! The link didn’t work, but I also wanted to give you the link to my A to Z blog. I need to reword my post so people know I’m just taking a break from my main blog.

  3. Lori, thanks for accepting the challenge, I have learned a lot.

  4. Lori,

    Really enjoyed The Winter Loon. Could not put it down. You know a book resonates when you continue to think about the characters.

    Shri Estes recommended your novel and I’m so glad she reached out to me.

    Looking forward to your next novel.


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