Lori Smith is the author of The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman and A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith. She feels connections to Austen on many levels—as a writer, a single woman, an Anglican, and as someone struggling with a mysterious chronic illness. For her last book, A Walk with Jane Austen, Lori spent a month in England tracing Austen’s life and works. Readers voted to give that book the Jane Austen Regency World Award for best nonfiction, and it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
As a child, Lori’s mother had to pay her to read books. So it’s a bit ironic that she now gets paid to write them. Lori’s been writing for more than ten years. In addition to her three books, her work has appeared in Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Beliefnet.com, Skirt!, Crosswalk.com, Breakpoint.org and Today’s Christian Woman.
Photo by J. Aaron Trotman.