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About Lori


August, 2013

Hi! I’m glad you stumbled into my little corner of the Web. Are we kindred spirits? I’m hoping so and that the things you find here entertain, encourage, and even inspire you.

If you’re here, you probably know that I’m a lover of Jane Austen and that I’ve written a couple books about her. This blog is a spot for the things that are dear to my heart, including Austen and other Things of Great Importance. For me, they include:

  • story:   I’m a writer and reader and lover of story — the art of crafting them, the deep joy of reading them. I want to share my writing journey and some of my favorite books with you.
  • faith:  I think the best stories we have come from Christianity, which is one of the many reasons I’m a God-seeker and lover of Jesus.  I look for God’s hand in the world and in my life. I keep up a running conversation with Him and take everything to Him–my pain, my joy, the beauty around me, my needs and the needs of those I love and the wider world. If you don’t see Him or seek Him, I hope you’ll still feel at home here.
  • health:  My story took a devastating and unexpected turn years back when I came down with a mysterious chronic illness that caused unbearable fatigue, among other symptoms.  It took six years to get a diagnosis (Lyme disease, along with other co-infections), followed by seven years of treatment.  The entire journey has been longer and tougher than I could ever have imagined, but it hasn’t been without grace. It’s changed the way I live, the things I eat, and the products I buy as I take every opportunity to pursue health.
  • design: I’m crafting my tiny townhouse into a cozy spot that makes my heart happy, and I’ll be posting some pictures along the way.

What else? I’m a lover of dogs, a spoiler of children, mom to one stubborn black lab, aunt to four nieces, honorary aunt to countless little faces. My greatest joy may be my dear friends and the sweet rest I find in their companionship.

Those are the big big things. Then there’s the big small stuff:  a well-brewed cup of tea.  A walk along the beach during that magical, holy blue hour.  A moment to relish the warmth of the sun.

Are these the things that are important to you, too, that make your heart hum with joy?  I hope you’ll join me here as we explore these Things of Great Importance!


professional details:

Lori Smith has written three books, including her latest, The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman.  She’s a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and she spent a month tracing Austen’s life through England for her previous book, A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith.  Readers voted to give that book the Jane Austen Regency World Award for best nonfiction.  In addition to her books, Lori’s writing has appeared in Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Beliefnet.com, Skirt!, Crosswalk.com, Breakpoint.org and Today’s Christian Woman.

19 thoughts on “About Lori”

  1. No worries — and thank you so much! I will see if I can move your comment to the other page.

  2. Karen Field said:

    Lori, I am so glad to have found you again! I was that goofy fan of yours that went to a book talk you did at a Borders in Tyson’s Corner when you were publicizing your book, A Walk With Jane Austen. I loved that book and can’t wait to read this next one. I’m so glad you are still writing!

  3. Beth Bullington said:

    Glad to see you are feeling better and are back to blogging and writing. Brenda fills me in on you from time to time. We were just in your area this weekend and actually met a mutual friend. I didn’t know they knew you until a few years ago when she was reading your book and we made the connection.

    • Thanks, Beth — good to hear from you! Curious about our mutual friend. Hope you and yours are very well.

  4. So glad to see that you are writing again. I met you briefly at a JASNANY event at Manhattanville College where you kindly autographed my copy of A Walk with Jane Austen.
    Can’t wait to read your new book.

    Be well.

    • Anita – Great to hear from you! I have such wonderful memories of that event. Will you be at the AGM in October? I can’t wait to be back up there with everyone in NY.

  5. Baja Janeite said:

    Delighted that you are feeling better- and with another “darling child”! Looking forward to reading your new book!

  6. Diane Sholler Brazier said:

    So proud of you, Lori!
    Enjoyed your other two books and plan on getting this one as well.

  7. Martha Bildt said:

    I, too, am delighted you are feeling better, Lori. A Walk with Jane Auaten is a complete treasure to me. It’s as if I know you! I honor you for you atrong, moral, Christian stand. God bless you richly! Martha

  8. John Cowgill said:

    Thank you for speaking at the Capital Christian Writers tonight. It was more than a pleasure listening to you. I know thsat I will enjoy your book. Hope to see you soon maybe when I finally publish my first novel.

  9. John Cowgill said:

    You are very graciously welcome.

  10. Debbie Chandler said:

    Miss Smith,
    I read your book A Walk with Jane Austin and really enjoyed it! The world of Jane Austin is always a quiet place for me to escape to for a few minutes before I go to sleep after a trying day. Your discriptions of Jane’s life and the visits to her haunts were wonderful as I too love England with memories when I briefly lived there as a girl.

    However, I really connected with you on your story of your health. You said it was a blessing of God to finally know what it was. As you told your story of tiredness and torment, I understood it for I had Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever, a close kin of Lyme’s Disease. It was diagnosed 7 months after the tick bite. Life physically was horrible for awhile. It was two years after that before I felt like I was well. However, it was by the grace of God that I am well. My husband who was there to help me through it, along with other brothers and sisters in Christ showed me the love of God during that time.

    So, don’t give up! Look to Him and recover!

    Thanks for the excellent reading and looking forward to reading more of your work.

    Debbie Chandler

    • Thanks, Debbie! I’m so glad you’ve recovered from the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This tick stuff is unbelievably hard.

  11. You’ve probably already seen this in National Review Online but…….


    I thought of you immediately when I saw it. Hope your day is going well. Wishing you the best for the Thursday event.


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