Lori Smith is an adorer of Jane Austen and a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. 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: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith, 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.
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.
Lori lives in Northern Virginia with her sweet but stubborn English lab, Bess. Follow her on Twitter @WriterLoriSmith.