Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chapter Guest LAURAINE SNELLING: Feb 27

ACFW Portland Chapter meets Monday, February 27 at 6:30 pm. Please Note: We are meeting at Northside Baptist Church, 5201 NE Minnehaha St. Vancouver, where we met in November. (Directions follow at the end of the post.)

Our guest will be Lauraine Snelling. She will speak on The Stories Behind the Stories:

We write fiction but sometimes the stories of our adventures in getting the stories we are writing are fun to share and learn from. Where do books and ideas come about and how do they develop? Lauraine will share what she has seen and done, and then we can all chat and help each other. Be prepared to laugh and cry. That's what fiction writing is all about.

About Lauraine:
Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”

Her dreams manifested into reality in 1982 with Tragedy on the Toutle, a story about a girl and her horse caught in the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. Lauraine continued the dream, publishing two more best-selling series: High Hurdles and The Golden Filly, and expanded into writing inspirational romances for adults.

Her Norwegian heritage spurred her to craft An Untamed Land, volume one of the Red River of the North family saga and a trilogy called Return to Red River. Due to reader demand she is currently working on a new Bjorklund series called Daughters of Blessing. Three more historical sets have followed, one set during the Civil War which traced the journey of a young woman leading Thoroughbreds across the country to safety, and a series called Dakotah Treasures.

Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine’s style, shown in her contemporary romances and women’s fiction which has probed the issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. In her novel, The Way of Women, three women delve deep into their hearts as they encounter a volcanic eruption and prove that when women strive together they can face even the unthinkable. In The Brushstroke Legacy, three generations of women discover that God’s gifts are powerful enough to speak across centuries.

All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.


Member Notes:

  • We need people to volunteer to bring snacks or beverages (bottled water is great.)
  • 2012 Chapter dues ($15 for the year) are now due. Please pay by check or cash at the Feb 27th meeting, or if you cannot attend, mail a check to Portland ACFW, 17950 Davis St, Sandy, OR 97055. Thank you!
Also - Here's a wonderful opportunity (sent to us by Rebecca DeMarino):

Jane Kirkpatrick’s novel about Hulda Kluger comes out in April and she will do a presentation and book signing at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, WA. Rebecca has an extra ticket to this event and would like to offer it as a give-away at our next chapter meeting.
WHEN: Friday, April 20, (the day before the annual Lilac Days opening), 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Woodland Grange, 404 Davidson, Woodland, Washington

WHAT: A HULDA KLAGER LILAC GARDEN SOCIETY PRESENTATION. Your $35.00 prepaid reservation for this fundraising event to benefit the lilac gardens includes a copy of Jane’s latest release, Where Lilacs Still Bloom, her presentation and signing, refreshments and entrance to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens and House on the day before the official opening. Choose either the 10:00-noon or 1:00-3:00 presentation. Seating is limited to 75 for each session. Mail your check, payable to Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and preference of seating time to: HKLG Special Event, c/o Judy Card, PO Box 1861, Woodland, WA 98674. For more information e-mail or call (360) 225-9212. Jane will also be signing books at the gardens on Opening Day, Saturday, April 21, and copies of all her titles will be available for purchase both days.



So lots happening! Please leave a comment and let us know whether or not you plan to attend on the 27th. Hope to see you then!


5201 NE Minnehaha St. (63rd St.)

From I-5 Northbound:
Take exit 3, Hwy 99 going North. Take a right onto Minnehaha St. / 63rd St. at the second light. After approximately 2 miles you will find the church facility on the right.

From I-5 Southbound:
Take exit 4 and go left (East) onto 78th St. Turn right onto Hwy 99 at the first light and go South until you reach Minnehaha St. / 63rd St. Turn left (East) and after approximately 2 miles you will find the church facility on the right.

From I-205 Northbound:
Take exit 30 onto SR 500 going West. Approximately .5 miles past Westfield Shopping Center take the Andresen Rd. exit and turn right (North). After about 1.5 miles, turn left at the Safeway (West) onto 63rd St. (Minnehaha St.) You will find the church facility a mile later on the left.

From I-205 Southbound:
Take exit 32 and turn right onto Padden Pkwy (West). Go to the first light and turn left onto Andresen Rd. (South). After about 1.5 miles, turn right at the Safeway (West) onto 63rd St.