Meet Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling began her writing career when she published Tragedy on the Toutle¸ in 1982. Since then she has written historical and contemporary novels, fiction and non-fiction for both adults and young readers. She has published over sixty books and has become an award-winning best-selling author, who’s works have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German.

Adults eagerly await every volume of her Red River of the North series. Set in North Dakota in the 19th century, it chronicles the romantic adventures of the Bjorklund brothers, who bring their families from Norway to begin a new life as they carve out farmsteads on the American prairie. Lauraine's other adult fiction titles include Hawaiian Sunrise, Dakota, Ruby, The Healing Quilt, The Gift, and her A Secret Refuge series.

Drawing on her own early experience with horses (she received her first pony, Polly, at the tender age of five), Lauraine has also captured the hearts of preteens and teens with two horse-centered series. Each installment of her Golden Filly saga and its companion High Hurdles series bubbles over with the page-turning suspense that teens love. While her likeable protagonists work with animals and chase dreams of blue ribbons, they face some of their toughest challenges outside the riding ring—wrestling with questions of God, family, friends, and identity to which all teens can relate, whether they ride horses or not.

She won the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter. She is also a well-sought after speaker.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with their dogs, Bidley and Chewy.

Last updated June 2008.

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