Lauraine Snelling at the Minot Hostfest

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Candace with author Lorraine Snelling   Reading Lauraine Snelling’s Red River of the North Series back in the 1990s gave me permission to celebrate my Scandinavian roots.  I remember the euphoric feeling I experienced when I read about her characters’ immigration to America and their subsequent struggle to get established in Minnesota and North Dakota.  Her stories reminded me of something I had been overlooking.  Because of Lauraine’s books, I was able to step back and realize the importance of my family’s stories.

I grew up hearing about the difficulty of leaving Norway and Denmark and starting over in Minnesota.  My immigrant grandfather and grandmother lived upstairs when I was little.  I heard the adults speak in the language of their forefathers when they wanted to keep the conversation private.  It always seemed most ordinary.

Now, I follow Lauraine’s example of writing about Scandinavian immigrants in Minnesota.  My historical novels include many family stories tucked inside the pages.  When I met Lauraine at the Minot Hostfest, I couldn’t resist getting a photo with her.  After all, she was my early inspiration.

This year she and I will both have book tables at the Minot Hostfest.  If you attend, please stop by.  It promises to be a great time of celebration.

 

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  1. I look forward to meeting you at Hoostfest. I will be attending with my Aunt Marian Lease Bleth, and my cousin Diane Ellis Olds on Happy Trails. I have been enjoying your books for a number of years.

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