The Traveling Storyteller

By Lois Richer, author of North Country Dad (Love Inspired)

I grew up in a small Canadian prairie town, the second of four daughters. My mother did it all in an age when it wasn’t fashionable to be a working mom. She sewed beautiful clothes for us, baked, did all manner of handwork, volunteered in the community, ran a business, maintained the accounts and purchased stock without missing a beat—the perfect heroine. My father, an electrician, worked long hours to electrify farms that were being settled in our area. He was a model of “doing the job perfectly.” My happy, carefree childhood allowed me to indulge in the fantasy world of fiction. Books took me from my home on journeys all over the world.

As I grew older, romance featured prominently in my reading. It seems natural now that my stories of women discovering faith and love would lead me to Love Inspired. Reading taught me that stories of faith and love could cheer, inspire, teach and bless. That’s been confirmed in the many letters, emails and comments I’ve received. It’s my joy to tell the never-ending story of God’s immeasurable love for His children in almost fifty books.

As a child, reading whetted my appetite for travel. That love persists, so my husband and I indulge it whenever possible. We’ve been around the horn of South America, to Iceland, Greenland, across the U.S. and through Europe and Asia. Last year we visited Croatia and Greece, fulfilling a long-held dream. We’ve seen some amazing things. But in all my travels I’ve discovered that people, wherever they live, are essentially the same. They want to love and be loved. They want to be free to live in peace. If we listen closely, everyone has a story. Yet each story is unique, just waiting to be told. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of telling stories. There’s so much to share.

Traveling is the reason I recently caught a bug—the quilting bug. The lower level in my home has been converted to a project room. Fabric in every shade and tone bulges from nooks and crannies, waiting to be cut, sewn and transformed into something that can bring joy and comfort. The more that I see possibilities and choices abound, the more I realize that quilting is a lot like traveling and writing. There’s always another fabric, another place, another story to be explored. The pleasures of quilting and the joy of discovering another special place add to the fun as I pen a new tale about a couple’s struggle to discover God’s love.

The last book in my Northern Lights miniseries resulted from a trip to northern Canada, on the edge of the Arctic. North Country Dad is a story of decisions and changes. It’s about a man’s journey to learn how to become a loving father to five-year-old twins and a woman’s road to reliance on God to provide her heart’s desire. Since this is the last book in the miniseries, I’m saying goodbye to the amazing beauty of our untouched North with all of its wildlife wonders, a place where you can truly feel at one with God’s creation.

But don’t worry, I’m going on a new trip. For my next miniseries I’m roaming through the foothills of the Rockies, to the tiny town of Buffalo Gap, where cowboys still ride the open range. It’s a place where love brings pain and joy, and where faith is tested. Rest assured, there will be quilts.

I hope you’ll join me on my next voyage to discover love and faith in action.

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 Do you like to travel? What is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?

About North Country Dad:

The Mommy Plan

Widower Grant Adams loves his twin stepdaughters, but what does he know about pigtails and dresses and being a full-time dad? With his new job in a remote Canadian center for troubled boys, Grant needs a good nanny. But when he meets Dahlia Wheatley, who’s loving, patient and kind to his girls, he realizes the twins need more than a sitter—they need a mother. With her own harrowing past, Dahlia is as reluctant to get emotionally involved as Grant is. Yet his startling proposition just may form a happy new family of four.

Northern Lights: On the edge of the Arctic, love awaits

This post originally appeared in Simply Books magazine.

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