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
Long before the historical changes leading toward LGBTQ advocacy and equality, eighteen-year-old Ruth comes of age in the 1930s male-dominated culture of rodeo. Returning home to her sweetheart, Duke, she enrolls at university where she meets free-spirited Gisela. The lives of Gisela and Duke entwine as Ruth embarks on a journey of self-discovery fraught with dangerous social repercussions. After the start of WWII and the death of her mother, Ruth must summon the courage to commit to her authentic truth as she confronts the possibility of losing everyone, and everything, dear to her.
“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.