Author Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she burst onto the literary scene in 2002 with her first novel Rush Home Road. Translated into eight languages and published in eleven countries, Rush Home Road received rave reviews around the world. Her follow-up novel, The Girls, was an international success as well. Rights were sold in 13 territories and it was featured as a book-club pick by Richard & Judy in the UK, selling 300,000 copies. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lori Lansens now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


In-Depth Author Profile

I was born in July 1962 in small-town Chatham, Ontario, a rural community near the border to Detroit, Michigan, where I spent the first eighteen years of my life, a landscape that would become the backdrop for my first three novels. From early on I was inspired by Chatham’s unique history as a hunting ground for the neutral Indians, as a battleground for the War of 1812, as a terminus on the Underground Railroad where slaves from the southern United States sought freedom, and as a hotspot for bootlegging during prohibition. The history of my hometown plays a character in my first book, Rush Home Road, as the protagonist, Addy Shadd, is a descendant of fugitive slaves who settled in a fictional community called Rusholme, inspired by the village of Buxton, Ontario. In my second novel, The Girls, the memoirs of conjoined twins, one of the sisters is obsessed with collecting the native artifacts turned up by the farmer’s plow each spring. The landscape called to me once again as I wrote my third novel, The Wife’s Tale, the story of Mary Gooch, who leaves her safe existence in ‘Leaford’ when her husband disappears on the eve of their silver anniversary.
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