A year or so ago, I attended at mini writers conference in Springfield, Missouri. I had just joined Ozarks Romance Authors (ORA) and didn’t know many people yet.
We were all crowded into one room for a presentation when the lunch break was announced. Conveniently, there was a Panera Bread connected to the library that was hosting the conference. Most of the attendees decided to eat there.
The ORA president asked if I had plans for lunch. When I told her I didn’t, she invited me to walk to Panera with her and another lady who I hadn’t yet met. I joined the lady in the corner while we waited for the president to wrap up some business that had arisen.
Stepping out of my shell, I turned to my companion and said, “Hi. My name is Margarite.”
She smiled and answered, “Hello. I’m Lori.”
We chatted while we waited for the president, on the walk to Panera, and while we waited in line. Then sat together at the president’s table. We talked about all sorts of things from learning to live to husbands and raising kids to computer issues.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Lori and saved her a seat when we returned to the large presentation area. Imagine my surprise when she sat in one of the two chairs next to the stage. I asked the president why she was up there, and the look on my friend’s face was priceless.
“Lori is one of our speakers. She’s a bestselling author. You really didn’t know?”
With metaphorical egg on my face, I admitted I had no idea. She had introduced herself as Lori, not Lori Copeland. I already liked her, but at that moment I admit to being a bit star-struck. Hers had been among the first romance novels I ever read.
You may wonder why I didn’t recognize her. She did look familiar. However, I am horrible at recognizing people and thought I’d seen her at a writers event somewhere.
I’m thrilled to introduce you to Bestselling Author Lori Copeland!
Bestselling Author Lori Copeland
Lori Copeland Bio
Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks, with her husband Lance. Lori began writing in 1982. At that time, she was writing for the secular book market. In 1995, she felt God calling her to use her gift in the Christian market, and to honor Him with her writing. To date, she has more than 120 titles published.
On most any evening, you can find Lori either knitting, crocheting, or playing cards with friends—when she should be writing. She loves her family, her writing group, life, caramel corn and puppies.
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