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From Maine about Viking Quest
Series

I just wanted to let you know how much I love your books! Especially the
Viking Quest books–

they are my favorite series! I have read them all multiple times! ….
They inspired me to learn

more about the Vikings, and they have become a great interest for me!
Because I live in ME,

I think they are especially fascinating, as there is the possibility they
could have come to my state!

I love Bree, Dev, Mikkel– well, all of the characters! If the Viking
Quest series was ever made into

a movie or movies, I dream of playing Bree! …. Maybe someday….

Tusen Takk for writing such great books!

Hannah, 14, Maine


From Wisconsin about Freedom Seekers

Dear Mrs. Johnson,

I am 11 years old and have read both your series “Adventures in the
Northwoods” and “Riverboat Adventures” [now Freedom Seekers] countless
times! I was so excited to find your website!! I have looked for years to
find a way to contact you and tell you how wonderful your books are! You
have such wonderful books and I admire you so much!

I live near where Kate’s
stories took place. I have gone to Superior and went to many of the sites
Kate visited in one of the books. [#7: Grandpa’s Stolen Treasure set in
Duluth, Minnesota]

Your books are so inspirational and important to me. They
have really helped me with my Christian foundation and faith, especially the
series “Riverboat Adventures.” I am so much like Libby! I can relate so much
to her. I find that every time that I read about her, I usually learn with
her!

Thank you so much for all of the time and research that you have put
into your books. I hope that you have a blessed holiday season and may God
bless you and your family!

Jessica, Wisconsin


From Germany about Viking Quest Series

Matthias: Dear Lois, My little sister really enjoyed the first
book of the Viking Quest Series. We are from Germany, and unfortunately only
the first book ist available in german. When will the other 4 books be
translated? We are so much waiting…

Lois: I suggested the Northwoods novels because all 10 of them are
translated into German.

Matthias: Dear Lois Walfrid Johnson, Thank You for your kind
answer. Yes we know the northwood novels and they are even the favorite
books of my sister. I have recently bought the viking quest series in
english, she is willing to train her english with those books, because she
is so much interested in the content. Kind greetings from Germany, Matthias

Lois: The German publisher, CLV- Christliche Literatur, is
planning to translate the six Freedom Seeker books. Look for the first
novel, Escape into the Night, about Christmas time 2014.


Dear Lois,

I have 5 children and am always on the look out for well written,
engaging, Christian books.
I came upon your Freedom Seekers series through a
home school catalog. I purchased them for my 15 yr. old daughter who HATES to
read. I have presented her with more books than you can imagine and your series
was the 1st that she sat down and gobbled up. For a week straight she snuck into
her room and could be found reading, begging, “Please just one more chapter.”
She is a competitive swimmer and gets up at 4 am to make it to practice–early
bedtime is a must, well not last week. She was reading under her covers until
well after 11 pm and couldn’t even put your book down. Thank you so much for
writing such incredible books that appeal to teens without the overload of
romance.

You recently heard from another one of my daughters, who’s lamenting the fact
that there are no more books in the series. She asked if I thought you’d
consider writing any more. I told her best way to find out was to email you,
which she promptly did. You are a wonderful writer and she has passed your books
on to all of her friends, who can’t believe she read a book and LOVED it!!!

Blessings, sunshine, happiness, and love back to you, Lisa


I love your books! You always keep me breathless until the end. I love to
write and your books inspire me so much. Thank you! If you ever come Halifax
way, give me a shout!

From a faraway friend, Jordan    Jeremiah 29:11

Nova Scotia, Canada


Hello there!

My twin sister Wendy and I grew up in Illinois, but when we married, she
moved to the Northwoods of Wisconsin! I moved to Wichita, Kansas. The Lord
didn’t lead us to our husbands until our 30’s, but we are so blessed, and they
love the Lord.

I just wanted to share how much my sister and I enjoyed your Northwoods
books! My twin sister and I fell in love with the characters, and even named our
children Kate (my 4-month old) and her Anders (9-months old).

We always loved reading your books and even read them to our husbands on
occasion today!

My little Kate underwent open heart surgery when she was six weeks old, and is
doing wonderfully. I hope she grows up to be like your ‘Kate’… I can tell she is
a very inquisitive child already.

Blessings,

Gayle


Hi, Lois. My name is Tim. I live in Mo. I have your riverboat series and your
north wood series and I really like them. I really like to read.

Second message from Tim:

Dear Lois,

This is Tim again. I just turnt ten 2 sundays ago. and that viking quest series
I got at the libary thats geting them in I’ve read 1 & 2 and I like them. well I
got to go. Tim


Hi I’m Olivia, I’m 12 years old, and live in Pennsylvania. I just wanted to
tell you how much I loved reading the series Viking Quest. I was very sad when
it ended. My younger sister is in the middle of reading Freedom Seekers and she
loves them. Thank you for writing such amazing stories. It’s nice to have a good
Christian book to sit down and read.

Sincerely,

Olivia


About Riverboat Adventures in new edition: The Freedom Seekers Series with
study questions in every novel

I am so happy to see the Freedom Seekers series being reprinted! I read these
books aloud to my children in their lower elementary years and we loved them. I
was so sad they were out of print. Thank you for providing quality books that
are engaging and have a solid Christian content. I am excited to tell our
friends about them!

Shari


Dear Mrs. Johnson,

Thank you for teaching me how to be a better writer. As I am reading your
books I see how well they are written and it gives me some great ideas on how to
write. I started to write a book a long time ago and it is REALLY improving. I
met you at the book signing at Heppner’s Legacy. Thank you SO much for signing
my books. I read them over and over!

…..I am getting Northwoods book number 7. And I cannot wait to read another
one of your Gr8 books!

Your number one fan,

Megan, 9


More about Freedom Seekers

Hello I am Chloe and I am 9 years old. I’m on the second book in the Freedom
Seekers series.

I am really enjoying them. Thank you so much for writing them.

Sincerely, Chloe


Viking Quest movie?

I, as well as hundreds of others, love your Viking Quest series!!! Do you
ever think that there will be a movie made of it? I would love to play Bree!!

Thanks for writing such good, Christian books!

Kelly, 14, California


Hello Mrs.Johnson! I really love your books. I have read the Viking Quest
books a thousand times over and I’m working on Freedom Seekers now. I plan to
read the Northwoods next. I also like to write. I have characters, outlines, and
story ideas. But I am having trouble starting to write. I have the middle and
end worked out but the beginning is a problem. How do you think of good story
starters? I need some help. If you can please email me back and let me know.
Thanks! :)

Emma-Elizabeth

Lois answers: I think you’re doing great to have characters, outlines,
and story ideas worked out. The beginning is always the hardest. Keep thinking
about your characters and ask yourself, “What does my main character want? Then,
How can I say no?” See Writing Tips on my website,
www.LWJbooks.com for more ideas, okay?


By pure chance, I happened to come across two of your Northwoods books when I
cleaned a corner of my attic two hours ago. There’s been a lot of water under
the bridge since I read them 15 years ago when I was ten, but just looking at
the covers brought it all back. I couldn’t tell you a thing about any of the
mysteries, but I could describe when Kate met Anders, that awful first day in
school, Kate’s organ, Tina climbing out the window with Kate, Kate falling in
the ice, some anger issue with Lars, and, of course, Anders crying when he
thought Kate had died.

Thank you so much for being a part of my childhood! I used to tune out to
other family members opening their presents Christmas morning and enter the
Northwoods right there on the floor. Please, can you tell me if Kate and Erik
got married?

Janna


Hello Mrs. Johnson,

This seems so strange to find my favorite childhood author online! I was
thinking the other day about some happy memories from my childhood, and your
books crossed my mind. So I thought I would look you up online, and to my
surprise, found your site!

I grew up in a single-parent home, and my mother homeschooled my three sisters
and me. At a home school book fair she picked up a few of your Northwoods books
for me, and I couldn’t put them down. Our church library happened to have nearly
the whole series, so I checked and rechecked them, over and over. I can still
remember many of the stories by heart and can recall the mental pictures I
painted, based on your descriptive writing, of the farmhouse, of Kate and
Anders, of Kate’s mother and father, of Lars and Tina, of her schoolteacher and
classmates.

I felt like the characters in the Northwoods books were my friends. What I
especially appreciated about your books is that nothing in them violated my
conscience….

I related very much to Kate, and was blessed by the way the stories
communicated the way she learned to overcome her fears. As a child, I had many
fears, such as of the dark; and so I could relate to Kate and was comforted by
the underlying message of trust in God that was communicated through the books.

Children tend to try to copy or imitate what they admire, and the characters in
books hold an immense power over children that many authors do not realize.
Whatever the lead character in a book is, that is what children will think is a
standard for behavior. I am so grateful that when you created the character of
Kate, while you showed that she was human and had weaknesses to overcome, but
you did not portray her as a bad little girl who “got away” with doing blatant
wrongs. ….It makes me grateful that your books only influenced me to trust God
and learn to love others.

And further, your books never troubled me. The stories were so sweet, and
always had some kind of good resolution, so they didn’t leave me depressed or
disturbed, but rather happy.

I’m now almost 25, but I am wanting to buy the books again, and the others you
have since written, to bring me back mentally to the place and time of my life
that was so happy and peaceful. Your stories were such a bright spot of my
childhood. They were so excellently written, with such interesting and
captivating plots, characters, and settings.

May the Lord richly bless you, and may your gifted pen continue to be used to
bless multitudes!

In Christ,

Rebekah

Second message from Rebekah:

Dearest Mrs. Johnson,

I just returned from a month-long trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and
being in that beautiful setting made me especially want to get the Viking Quest
series of books you have written.

An author’s pen has so much power, and I am so glad you have continued to
write and bless so many people with your great writing ability. Thank you again
for using your gift to honor the Lord and bless so many people like myself.

I will treasure your letter and place it with the copies of my childhood
books. This coming week I plan to order your VQ books, and I know I will enjoy
reading them.

God bless you!

Love in Christ, Rebekah


Speaking from the long view — Review from a long-time reader:

The Freedom Seekers books were some of my favorites when I was growing
up. I remember staying up late to read “just one more chapter,” staying
inside even on sunny days to read, anxiously awaiting the release of each
new book. My friends dreamed of being a famous singer or actor someday
— I dreamed of being a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

I’m in my mid-twenties now, and I long ago donated my copies of the
original edition of this series to a local school library, but when I saw
that a new edition was being released, I had to pre-order and reread them
— and again find myself staying up later than I should to find out
what happens next and anxiously awaiting the release of each new book in the
series.

Even today, I remain grateful for the influence these books had on me. I
truly feel that my dreams of becoming a part of something important —
something freedom-giving and life-saving like the Underground Railroad in
the 1800s — have come true.

Lois’ stories — so full of adventure and characters I loved
— inspired in me a love for history. And I am so grateful. In
difficult choices, or when doing the right thing becomes dangerous or
costly, I am still reminded of the characters in Lois’ books and the real
heroes throughout history, who often paid a heavy price to do the right
thing when faced with the difficult choices of their time — and who
continually did the right thing until a better world was theirs.

Through the lens of history, I believe, we are enabled to see our own
time more clearly. And by looking back at history, we can know that we are
not alone in doing what is right — we are in great company with
Underground Railroad conductors, WWII resistance fighters, William
Wilberforce, ordinary people just like us who also believed in the justice
and freedom we believe in.

The characters Lois creates are always so easy to relate to, and their
adventures so exciting and enviable, that you find yourself immediately
pulled into the story — feeling angered by what angers them, learning
how to overcome fear with conviction and courage, hoping, grieving, and
praying right alongside them. The characters are never goody-goody, but very
real and interesting with the very same struggles and frustrations we all
face. By the end of the first book, I felt as if Caleb and Libby were my
best friends — who I so badly wished would somehow leap off the page
and join me in my own real life adventures.

If you’re a kid or teen, you’ll love these books — seriously, I
still do! If you’re the parent of a kid or teen, I highly recommend you
purchase these books for your kids. You may just help inspire a future
generation of Freedom Seekers.

I.E. Kingsley, author,

To Venture All

  • Josie Anne wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,
    I LOVE your writing! The Viking Quest are my top favorite books. The Freedom Seekers place second. I have not read the Adventures of the Northwoods, but I hope to someday. Your books encourage me in my life and I have read them over and over. One of the things I like in how you write is how each chapter ends with a cliff hanger! My sister Suzannah and I would beg our mom to keep reading each night. Often she was just as eager as we were, even though it would be getting late. Four of our friends also have read Viking Quest and all have loved it. If I could choose a series to be made into a movie, I would choose the Viking Quest! I love how in your books God used even the terrible things in Bree's life for good; and for her to be a light to the nations. This thought encourages me when anything hard happens in my life. I can't thank you enough for being a light in this way and writing incredible Christian books for children, (not to mention teenagers and also adults) all over. Another thing I like about your books is that they are set in a time that there isn't much fiction about. I had never really thought about the Viking times but know I find it a very exciting time period. I am writing stories now and you are a great inspiration to me! Josie Anne age 12. Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      What fun it is to hear from you, Josie! Big thanks for all the great things you've told me.
      I'm so glad that my books have been both fun and helpful to you! You're already writing well
      by the way you explain things!

      Love and hugs-- Lois Reply
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  • Pam wrote:

    Thank you for your well-written, captivating books. I am on the second book in the NW Woods series, using it with a 5th grade reading learning disabled student. I love that the mysteries and secrets pull my student along. One suggestion,though, from that LD perspective - it wouldn't make much difference in the length of the chapters if there were no hyphenated words. They are a non-issue for most kids, but an LD kid has to struggle with not only the syllabic division, but taking the eye to the next line. Just a thought. God bless! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thanks for writing, and I deeply appreciate what you are doing. Because my husband is also a teacher I value your comment. But I don't know how to change a story to no hyphenation. It becomes an editing problem--the amount of room on a published line is automatic as far as I know.

      Sorry-- but and I hope you keep on keeping on, okay?

      Bless you, Friend! Lois Reply
  • Mirjam wrote:

    Dear Mrs Johnson,
    I live in Germany and I´m 15 years old. I like your books so much.
    Especially the Adventures of the Northwoods.
    When I had read all 10 books, I was so sad that I just decided to write the eleventh book. I have little time, so I'm only about 40 pages. I wish it would be as good as yours.
    Especially great I would find when the Adventures of the Northwoods books would be filmed. I would have a great title song: Tennessee by Pearl Harbor. But I know, that you can´t use it, because it`s for the film Pearl Harbor.
    I have a question, would you write even more books of the series Adventures of the Northwoods?
    I would be very happy if you write me back soon.
    I wish you God's blessing and protection.
    Greetings Mirjam.

    Hi Mirjam--
    I'm delighted to hear from you in Germany and to learn that you like the Northwoods books. Sorry, but I can't write more of that series at the moment because I need to finish other projects. I think it's great that you've written 40 pages. The more you write the better it will be!

    Right now CLV is publishing another series called Der Abenteuer Fluss. My story family lives on a steamboat and travels up and down the Mississippi River. They have many exciting adventures. The first book in the series is called Flucht in der Nacht. I believe you'll enjoy it!

    Thanks for writing! My best wishes for your continued storytelling! Lois Reply
  • Hope wrote:

    Hi, Lois
    I was wondering if you are still writing more books/series. Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Right now I'm finishing up a study guide for the Viking Quest series.
      Then I plan to research and write something new. Thanks for asking!
      Lois Reply
  • Amelia wrote:

    Hi Mrs. Johnson. I wrote to you a couple of months ago telling you how much I love all of your book series. I just re-read the Viking Quest series and remembered how awesome all 5 books were. I read that you are trying to finish a study guide for the series. I would probably leap for joy if you wrote a 6th book. :D I love the ending of the 5th one! What would be really cool is if they turned turned the books into 5 movies. The movies would never be as good as the books but I'd love to see people try. I just don't know what would work best. :) -Amelia Reply
  • Erin wrote:

    My name is Erin and I am 14 years old.
    I love your books! I wanted to write you a letter, but can't find your address! Please tell me how I can get a letter to you!
    Thanks!
    ~Erin Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Erin, look for the contact form that's on this website and please use that, okay?

      Thanks a bundle-- Lois Reply
  • Wabi wrote:

    Hi!!!! Do you think you could write a 6th viking quest book?? I love them so much,and so do the rest of my family=) God bless!!! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thanks so much for writing! I'm glad you love the VQ books. I love the characters too! And I loved
      researching the stories and characters in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Norway.
      I can't promise what I'll do next, and I need to finish a study guide for the Viking Quest books. When that's finished I'll tell you about it online in case you want to use it for classes. Then I need to pray about what novels I'll write. OK?

      Thanks for asking! Hugs and the Lord's blessings to all of you! Lois Reply
  • Olivia wrote:

    Hello Mrs. Johnson. I wrote to you two years ago about the series Viking Quest. I am now 14 years old and I continue to read your books. I have read Viking Quest 3 times and I find it more thrilling every time. They have inspired me to strengthen my faith and to be a light to the nations. I would love to visit Ireland when I am older especially since my ancestors are from there. I do have one question for you. Are you ever going to write a sequel where Bree and Mikkel get married? I would be overjoyed if you did. If you don't that's okay I will continue to read Viking Quest until I am too old to see the words. And if that happens I will have someone read it to me. Thank so much for writing these books!
    Love,
    Your faithful reader Olivia. :) Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you, Olivia, for writing again. It means very much to me that you've read the VQ books 3 times and find them more thrilling each time. Even better, that the books have inspired you to strengthen your faith and be a light to the nations. Do you know the verse Ps.2:8? It would be a great one for you to pray because of the way the Lord is strengthening your faith and encouraging you to be a light to the nations.

      I loved writing the VQ books and found it a great privilege to research them. When I traveled to Bergen, Norway, I wanted to ride the Funicular (looks kind of like a railroad car that goes up the side of the mountain above the city). But it was being repaired that day so I needed to hike up and down and all around. But that's how I discovered what Bree and Lil could do! And why it was hard to find them. Isn't that fun?

      I can't promise if I'll write more VQ books, but I need to finish the study guides for the 5 novels. When I have them ready I'll tell about it online so that you and others find out, okay?

      Love and blessings-- Lois Reply
  • Amelia wrote:

    I have read Freedom Seekers, Viking Quest, and Adventures of the Northwoods. They are all amazing book series and I love them. If you wrote another book to the Viking Quest series that would be awesome. My friend and I have thought of our own ideas that could lead to another set of book series for Viking Quest. But we know that you have your own ideas if you ever continued the Viking Quest series. You are an amazing author! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you, Amelia. I'm so glad that you like the Freedom Seekers, Viking Quest and Northwoods series.
      Because you have read all those novels I immediately feel as if I know you and that you are my friend.
      Each time I finish writing a series I, too, would like to keep on telling about the characters! Thank you for understanding.

      Love and hugs-- Lois Reply
  • Julia Rose wrote:

    Dear Mrs.Walfrid Johnson,
    I am over the moon with your Viking Quest series. Every one of them is special and wonderful!
    I really thought it was cool that you included many moments of prayer and spiritual moments in all of your books. I am a Christain as well and all of your books encouraged me in my faith. I go to a public school where many kids aren't Christains. The Viking Quest series helped me to grow and be stronger in my faith. I am now moving on to the Freedom Seekers series and am very excited! My mother ( Paula) recently wrote a email to you about curriculum. I would be very grateful if you would please reply back. I thank you for writing your wonderful books and am very appreciative.
    Sincerely your friend,
    Julia Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thanks for your request for a Viking Quest study guide. I will soon be working on it again. When it's finished I'll tall you online so the study guide can be used either for homeschooling or by a classroom teacher in a school. Okay? Lois Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      I'm so glad that you like my Viking Quest series and that they've helped you. When I researched them in Ireland and Norway the Lord did some really fun things. In Ireland it can often be raining and I needed to walk everywhere or take public transportation. But when I was walking or waiting for a train I never got wet once! Then I would step inside somewhere and it started pouring. And when I was inside and needed to go somewhere it stopped raining!

      Isn't it fun the way the Lord helps us? Love, Lois

      Isn't that fun and a great gift from the Lord? Eve Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Tell your mom that as soon as I finish some other work I plan to finish a study guide for Viking Quest.
      Watch my website for when it's ready. I think you'll enjoy using it. Lois Reply
  • Anonymous wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,
    My name is Makenna and I am 13. I love your freedom seekers books sooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!! You did such a good job with everything!!!!!!! I have recommended this series to numerous friends and they all LOVE them!y friends and I would LOVE it if you would write another book about Libby and Caleb!!!! I can't wait to try some of your other books!!!
    An addicted reader,
    Makenna


    Whoooooh! I'm amazed that according to your e-mail address you are a perfect child! Wow! And thanks for liking my books and recommending them to your friends. Love you--- Lois Reply
  • Eliana wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,

    I love your Adventures of the Northwoods! (In fact, there's one right next to me now which I just finished reading for the 15th time since we got them from the library). I can relate to Kate of that I am horse crazy, and I've also got a teasing brother too! The books really helped me in my Christian faith (and I'm glad to know I'm not the only person that is curious!) As with all good books, I wish the Northwoods series would never end.


    Your thank-you-so-much reader,
    Eliana Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      I'm glad that you're horse crazy like Kate. And I'm also glad my books have helped you in your Christian faith. And yes, I am curious too. When I start wondering about how to write a story my curiosity helps me find out!

      Love you-- Lois Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      I'm so glad that you like horses, too, and that the Northwoods mysteries have helped you in your Christian faith. Thank you for being a thank-you-so-much reader!

      Love, Lois Reply
  • Erika wrote:

    Dear Lois,

    I`m from Germany.
    My english is very bad, but I have a question.
    Can I buy an audiobook of Abenteuerwälder or other books from you?
    I would like to improve my english whit the audiobook + book in english.

    Best regards from Germany
    Erika Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Erika--
      I think your English is great. Can you imagine what it would be like if I tried to write in German?
      Watch for news from my German publisher--CLV--about audio books, okay? Lois Reply
  • Leona wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,
    Thank you so much for writing the Viking Quest series! I really enjoyed them. Can you please write more books about them, maybe from Bree and Mikkel's kids' perspective? I would like very much to read more about them.
    I also like the Adventures in the Northwoods series. I have Disaster on Windy Hill, The Runaway Clown, and a few others, but the rest I got from our local library. I like reading about Kate and her friends.
    I've only read a few Freedom Seekers, but they are also very good.
    -Leona, age 11, WI Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you, Leona! You warm my heart and make me want to keep writing!
      Lois Deut. 31:8 Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thanks, Leona, for your lovely note! I'm glad when you can get my books from your library. That helps you be able to read more of them. And if you're like I was when I was eleven (and still am that way!), I read, read, read because I find it so much fun! Lois Reply
  • Laura wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,


    Thank you so very much for your books! I know you must have heard this a thousand times ,but I really can't tell you how much I L-O-V-E them !!!!!!! Thank you so much for making God real in your books and helping me realize, if I draw near to Him, He WILL draw near to me !!!!!

    I have both your series Adventures of the Northwoods and Riverboat Adventures ,and they are both great !!! And the Adventures of the Northwoods is especially dear to my heart because of Kate .I'm just like her in so many ways !!!! :)

    I can't tell you how much I admire you , in allowing God to use you in such a WONDROUS way !!!!!!!!!
    You are a very creative,special , and wonderful writer !

    Please don't ever stop writing ! And only if you would like to ,(like Ruth) I also think it would be so great for you to continue the Adventures of the Northwoods , and show how Kate and Erik could continue their relationship in a sweet and God-honoring way!!! Very few people have a true and beautiful relationship with God, and still have a good (and healthy ) relationship with friends . ( Whether boys or girls)I really think you could do it in a lovely way !!!!! :)

    Thank you again with all my heart for your books !!!!!! They have taught me a lot !

    And most importantly thank you for showing me that God , my Father can be very special to me if I trust in Him ,and don't fear of what's going to happen . (Just like Kate ) :)
    Love , Laura 13, Vermont :) Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Laura-- Thank you so much for the heart you have for what is really important. Yes, I want to make God real. I want young people like you (and everyone) to know that when you draw near to the Lord he does draw near to you. I treasure how you have said so many important things. And I keep praying about what I should write next.

      In case a few people wonder, I wrote the Northwoods series first and then the Riverboats. When I had the opportunity to write study questions published in each of the 6 Riverboat novels, I changed the series title to Freedom Seekers because it helps us understand the Underground Railroad story and also our Constitutional freedoms.

      And you have a great name--LAURA! My dad grew up on a farm across the road from where the Ingalls family lived!!!! Love, Lois Reply
  • Laura wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson ,


    Thank you so very much for your books! I know you must have heard this a thousand times ,but I really can't tell you how much I L-O-V-E them !!!!!!! Thank you so much for making God real in your books , and helping me realize if I draw near to Him ,He WILL draw near to me !!!!!

    I have read both your series , Adventures of the Northwoods and Riverboat Adventures, and they are both great !!! And the Adventures of the Northwoods is especially dear to my heart because of Kate ! I'm just like her in so many ways!!!! :)

    I can't tell you how much I admire you , in allowing God to use you in such a WONDROUS way!!!!!!!!! You are a very creative, special ,and wonderful writer !!!

    Please don't ever stop writing ! And only if you would like to , (like Ruth ) I also think it would be so great for you to continue the Adventures of the Northwoods , and show how Kate and Erik could continue their relationship in a sweet and God-honoring way!!! Very few people have a true and beautiful relationship with God, and still have a good (and healthy) relationship with friends , (whether boys or girls ) . I really think you could do it in a lovely way !!!!! :)

    Thank you again with all my heart for your books !!!!!! They have taught me a lot!

    And most of all ,thank you for showing me ( even though a bunch of people look at God and their devotions as " I have to do it " , which I used to do, ) that God, my Father can be very special to me if I trust in Him , and Him ALONE !!! :)


    Love,
    Laura , 13 , Vermont :) Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Dear Laura,
      Thank you for your lovely letter. You have such a good heart in what you know about the Lord.
      Thank you for telling me that God, your Father, is very special to you when you trust in Him and Him ALONE!

      For other readers who might wonder, the Riverboat Adventures are now out with a new series title... When I had the opportunity to write study questions to help people who want to use the books for school/home schooling, I changed the series title to FREEDOM SEKKERS. If any of you read German, the first two books in the series have also been translated into German and the third will be out soon.

      Again, Laura, thank you! I'm especially glad that you know that when you draw near to God he will draw near to you!!! Lois Deut. 31:8 Reply
      • Laura wrote:

        Dear Mrs. Johnson ,

        I'm so sorry for sending the same email again and again . For a while it seemed like it wasn't going through - it must have seemed kind of funny to get all those - OOPS .

        Thank you so much for your encouraging and sweet notes !!! They mean a lot to me ! :)

        Also , I was just wondering if you received my letter ?

        Have a great day and wonderful Easter !!!!

        Love , Laura :) Reply
        • lwj wrote:

          Yes, I received your letter, but can't post it unless I know whether you need a parent's approval.
          Are you saying now that you are 18 or older?

          Thanks for all your good comments! Lois Reply
  • Clarissa wrote:

    Dear Mrs Johnson,
    Greetings from Australia!  I am a 15 year old, who recently had come across your ‘Viking Quest’ novels through Koorong (Christian Bookshop). I bought the first book for my younger sister (12 years old) for Christmas and she loved it! We both have read the 5 books and thoroughly enjoyed them! In our world today it can be hard to find God-centred, motive-filled, encouraging and positive literature for young adolescents. I found your Viking Quest Series to be all of these as well as highly emotive, engagingly descriptive, extremely attention-grabbing and adventurous. I saw the historic side of the novels as a very vital part of these series and I thank you mightily for taking the time to research the background period and historic events that are included within this series. The structure of these novels were outstandingly written as life was breathed into all the characters - they all individually possessed definable traits which helped the reader fully engage with the stories. The climaxes were exceptionally captivating, and since I have a love for adventure, suspense and drama, this series totally suited my personality and reading genre.
    I loved the ending of the series.... [and yes, Clarissa wants more books about these characters...as many of you do. Lois]

    [Clarissa again]: I really hope you will consider making a follow-on series to this one, as I know all of us who have had the upmost privilege of reading your stories would thoroughly look forward to, and treasure it greatly. PLEASE CONSIDER!!!  (Pleading face!)

    Thank you for your blessing of wonderfully-created literature in our world. I really appreciate all you do and wish with all my heart that you will continue to write adventurous God-centered novels that will touch and transform all those who read their lively, attention-grabbing stories crafting within the pages. May God abundantly bless you in all that you do. If you are able, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my pleading request.
    Your sister in Christ; Australian fan,
    Clarissa Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      A thousand thanks, Clarissa, for this message and your second one. I deeply appreciate everything you've said. While writing the Viking Quest series I had the privilege of researching in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Norway. I am deeply grateful for the books I could read, the people who talked with me, and the authorities from 6 countries who also helped me. Most of all, I'm grateful for the way the Lord inspired the story and helped me write it.

      Clarissa, you have a wonderful ability to express yourself in writing and I hope you keep on writing!
      Love you, Lois Reply
  • Lina-Marie wrote:

    Dear Lois,
    At Christmas I got the "adventures of the northwoods"-series. I read it over and over again. It's hard to write a book, that is appealing to boys and girls of every age. You did a very good job, I want to thank you.
    I am from Germany (please excuse my english, I'll do my best :-)) and as I heard, that there is a new translation of another series, I felt really joyful!
    I enjoyed every word of the first novel of "the freedom seekers". I was really sad, when it ended. Impromptu I bought the other books in english. I was surprised that I understood the whole series.
    I like the story so much, yes the freedom seekers and the adventures of the northwoods were the best books I ever read (except my bible, of course)!
    Thanks a lot for writing good, Christian literature. I love the way Christian virtues like courage, honesty and trust in God are worked into your novels. Also it shows how good relationships between boys and girls should be.
    I learnt to trust the Lord, I learnt to make good choices and how to be a girl that looks at the inside and not at the latest fashion or a nice face (like Libby at the beginning).
    Please write more.
    Your little sister in Christ,
    Lina-Marie

    PS: I will buy the Viking Quest series too. Since I read Freedom seekers in English, my mark at school is better!

    Hi Lina-Marie-- What fun it is to hear from you! You are doing a wonderful job of writing in English. And I'm delighted that since you've read Freedom Seekers books in English your mark in school is better! Big congratulations! Love, Lois Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Lina-Marie, what a privilege it is to meet you! Thank you for liking my books. Thanks, even more, for being the person you are! And you don't need to worry about your English. You are very good, not only at reading English, but also at writing it. Thank you for calling yourself my little sister in Christ. I believe you're my BIG sister in Christ!!! What fun that is!

      Love, Lois Reply
  • Carley wrote:

    hi i cant tell you how much i have enjoyed reading the adventure of the Northwoods. Kate reminds me of my self curious and daring i feel like kate is me in another time period. i look alot like Kate also with brown almost black hair everythings the same except for the eye color i'm short for my age also. if you ever need an actress for a movie to star Kate please mail me . i also have latly brought a horse back to health, i also love to ride. i cant thank you enough about writting this seris. please make a movie out of this. -Carley Elizabeth
    p.s our a very gifted lady thanks for sharing your talents Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Isn't it fun that you not only like reading about Kate? You also look a lot like her and love to ride.
      YOU are a gifted person for writing and encouraging me!

      Love, Lois Reply
  • Nancy wrote:

    Hello to Lois and friends! I have just started a book discussion group with a couple of my grandchildren, and we are reading Raiders from the Sea. I saw a note in the back of the book to go to your website for study questions, but I can't find them. Are they no longer available? Thanks for the cool books. We have Swedes and Norwegians in our background, live in MN, and my lovely grands' hearts are tender toward the Lord. These books are so relevant to us personally. Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Your book discussion with a couple of your grandchildren sounds great! And I'm sorry that the note about a VQ study guide got into the back of Raiders from the Sea before the guide was completed and published. Right now I need to finish some other work, but I'll do my best to catch up. I strongly suspect you might have some of your own great ideas for study questions!

      The series first called The Riverboat Adventures is now called Freedom Seekers and does have study guides in each novel. The Freedom Seekers are not only story characters involved with the Underground Railroad, but also people who understand and want to live the Constitutional freedoms set in place by our American forefathers. Each novel in this series of six books has study questions at the back and will help families, teachers, and home educators talk about important concepts. Reply
  • Amy wrote:

    I am a huge fan of your Viking Quest series and use it in conjunction with our History curriculum to teach about the Viking period. Despite a great deal of searching, I cannot find a definitive answer as to how Mikkel's name is pronounced. The book mentions that Mikkel pronounced it as if he heard an Irishman say it. I'd truly appreciate any insight you can provide. Thank you for a wonderful series that helps my students love reading! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you, Amy, for being a huge fan of my Viking Quest series and for using it with your history curriculum to teach about the Viking period. You've asked a great question! For all of you who are wondering, Amy is talking about something that happens in the first and second chapters of the first novel in the series, Raiders from the Sea. Bree meets a strange boy who pronounces his name in a different way than how the Irish would pronounce it (Mee-HAHL). And why does that become a clue? The Norwegian spelling and pronunciation: MIKKEL pronounced MIK-el. In both countries the meaning for Michael is the same: Who is like God?

      When I received the go-ahead from my publisher for writing this series I had the privilege of traveling to Norway, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland to research. I had often heard about the frequent rain in Ireland, and I needed to either walk or take public transportation. But one of the very special gifts I received from the Lord was his watching over my travel. When I had to walk it didn't rain. When I stepped inside a building, it poured. When I needed to go out again it stopped. Over and over this happened. I never got wet!

      For more about names I find The Melting Pot Book of Baby Names by Connie Lockhart Ellefson very valuable. (Betterway Books, an imprint of F&W Publications, Inc., 3rd edition, 1507 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207, 800-289-0963. Reply
  • Maria wrote:

    Hi! My name is Maria. I am 10. I really REALLY love your Viking Quest series. I'm reading it through for the fifth time! I told all my friends and we came up with the idea to each take part in acting it out. I think that it should be made into a movie series!! I think a lot of people would love to see it! Your devoted fan, Maria from the Adirondacks in New York! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hey, Maria, it's fun to hear from the Adirondacks in New York! Thanks for loving the Viking Quest series.
      Whooh! The fifth time you've read the series? I'm impressed! Big time thank you! Lois Reply
  • Jennifer O' Harver wrote:

    My daughter loves your books. Do you have any plans to write new books in the future? Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you for asking! Yes, Jennifer, I want to continue writing. I'm still thinking and researching about what I want to do next so won't say more until I have something ready and accepted.

      Blessings! Lois Reply
  • Maya wrote:

    I've read the whole series at least 3 times. Thanks for writing AWESOME books!! Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Maya-- Help me out. Which series do you mean? Whichever one it is I'm glad you've read them at least 3 times!

      Love, Lois Reply
      • Maya wrote:

        You should consider writing a sequel to the Freedom Seekers. I have read that series 5 times now. They are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome. !!!!! I have a letter written but I can't find your address. How can I find your address?
        Love,
        Maya

        Hi Maya-- When you fill out the form that's online your e-mail comes to me. Thanks for writing! Lois
        Reply
  • Anna wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Walfrid-Johnson,
    I absolutely love your books, especially "Freedom Seekers!" I told my friends about them and they love them too. You should write a sequel series so we can learn what happens to Caleb and Libby. When I was reading your books I felt like I was there with the characters. Thank you for writing awesome books:)
    Anna,13,CA Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Thank you, Anna, and your name is the same as my middle name! Thanks so much for liking the Freedom Seeker books. I'm glad you felt like you were there with the characters. That's the way I start feeling when I write stories. And here's a writing tip for everyone: If you know your characters really well you start knowing what things they like to do and how they think. Then you start knowing how they will act and it's easier to write about them. It's like telling a story about a friend.

      Love, Lois Reply
    • Makenna wrote:

      Dear Mrs. Walfrid,
      I absolutely LOVE your Freedom Seekers series!!!!!! I loved that you gave them sooo much adventure and Christian beliefs!!!!! You did such a great job with this series and have inspired me to write a book of my own! It is such a relief to be able to find good wholesome books out there still!!!! I loved how it is soooo easy to connect with the characters! My friends and fellow readers are begging you to bless us with another book containing what happens to Libby and Caleb!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks soooooo much again for blessing me with your books
      An addicted reader
      MaKenna :)
      P.S. I am 13 :) Reply
      • lwj wrote:

        Thank you, Makenna! I think it would be fun for you to know that the Freedom Seeker series is being translated into German right now. Isn't it great to think of people who read German also
        enjoying these books?

        Love, Lois Reply
  • Chris wrote:

    Hi! I really enjoy your books. I have a few questions for you. How did you go to Ireland? How did you learn about the names Bree, Mikkel, Sigurd, and Devin? Did you find them in books? They are really interesting names.

    I am a writer too. Can you tell me how I can learn how to create my own Irish and Viking names?

    Would you ever consider having your books made into audio books?

    Have you watched the new Viking show on the History Channel?

    Do you know anyone who makes Viking swords and jewelry?

    Would you ever consider putting sword fighting in your books?

    Thank you for considering my questions.

    Chris Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Chris-- I'm going to take your questions one by one.
      Going to Ireland: I wrote a proposal for the VQ series and when my publisher gave me a go-ahead I wanted to continue my research by traveling to Ireland and other places I planned to include in the series.

      You can create your own Viking and Irish names by knowing Scandinavian and Irish people. Also check out the book, The Melting Pot Book of Baby Names that I talk about in another reply I give on this site. Be sure your names work for the time period about which you write.

      Many of my books have been made into audio and e-books.

      Sorry, no, I haven't watched the new Viking show on History Channel. It's been a really busy year for me.

      Do I know anyone who makes Viking swords and jewelry? I don't personally, but check out what I say in my blog about the Scandinavian Shop in Alexandria, MN. They would know what to tell you.

      Something like sword fighting needs to fit into the overall plan of a book, and I haven't had the right place for it. Also, because my books are read by all ages, I'm careful about using topics that might be difficult for family read-alouds with young children. If you decide to use sword-fighting you will need to know and consider who your reading audience will be. Reply
  • Samantha wrote:

    Dear Ms. Johnson,

    I am working my way through yet another reading of your Freedom Seekers Series.

    Thank you for writing wholesome, adventure-filled books like these. You not only point people to the truth, you give them food for thought. The question this series raises for me is: are you willing to risk everything for what you believe?

    In today's society where passivity is encouraged, we need the same convictions and bravery that Capt. Norstad, Caleb, Libby, and Jordan possess. Though the issues back in the 1850's were attacked in a different way, they are ideally the same as today--morality and freedom to be our own person.

    With so much of our media telling us to turn a blind eye to what is wrong, it's good to find books dealing with people taking an active stand for what they know is right. That's the type of person I want to become.

    And you're the type of writer I hope to become. Someone who writes with a purpose.

    If I ever marry and have kids, I will share the Freedom Seekers books with them and pray that it inspires them to stand firm in their beliefs, as it has me.

    Thank you for using your talents for God's glory. May you be richly blessed by Him.

    Sincerely,
    Samantha Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Samantha--
      You are showing the kind of courage all of us need in this time. Thank you for thinking this through:

      "With so much of our media telling us to turn a blind eye to what is wrong, it’s good to find books dealing with people taking an active stand for what they know is right. That’s the type of person I want to become....And you’re the type of writer I hope to become. Someone who writes with a purpose."

      And thank you many times over for your encouragement! May you continue to grow in understanding the Lord's ways and thoughts and using your talents for his glory!

      Love, Lois Reply
  • Sawyer wrote:

    Mrs. Johnson,
    The Viking Quest books were awesome! These were the best books we've read in our homeschool ever. My sister and I kept asking my mom to read another chapter. We didn't want the books to end. Thanks for writing such exciting books.
    Sawyer, age 11, Wisconsin Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      How fun! I'm so glad you like the VQ series! And I always love hearing that the series has been used in someone's schooling. Because I have always loved reading I'm very grateful when my books help others like you enjoy reading too!

      Love you, your sister, and your family-- Lois Reply
  • Eva, age 9, Wisconsin wrote:

    Dear Mrs. Johnson,
    I really like your Viking Quest books. I love to hear my mom read them to me. I was really sad when they ended. Viking Quest is Amazing. I really wish it never ended. Your books inspired me to make my own book. I really liked Bree as the main character. Reply
    • lwj wrote:

      Hi Eva-- What fun! I'm so glad that the VQ books inspired you to make your own book!
      I like Bree too! By now she seems like my close friend. Isn't that great?

      Love, Lois Reply
  • Ruth wrote:

    Dear Lois Walfrid Johnson,

    I cannot express to you how much I love your Adventures in the Northwoods series. I have deeply enjoyed reading them over and over, finding little details about the characters that I missed in previous readings. I know that you have heard this multiple times over the years, but please continue this amazing series. I would love it if you continued where you left off and showed your readers young and old Kate and Erik’s courting relationship.

    I cannot express to you how much I appreciate the fact that your books have always shown healthy relationships amongst the characters. Books such as these are few and hard to come by. I feel as though if you were to continue this series with Kate, Erik, Anders, and Josie growing in healthy relationships it would influence my generation for the better. I barely go to the teen section of my library anymore because if I find a book that appears to be a good read, all the relationships are messed up. I find it so sad that that’s what my generation is reading. I feel that these books are part of the cause for all the confused relationships in my generation. I believe that what a person intakes from a book affects him or her greatly. I am really hoping that you will continue this series to help my generation and many more to come.

    You have experienced many more relationships than I or any other people in my generation probably have, and you could share your knowledge throughout Kate and Erik’s courting relationship. I know that I am just one voice, but that’s all I have.

    Once again I thank you for writing great Christian books. I know that if a book has your name on it, it will be fun, inspiring, and full of good Christian lessons. I thank you again for writing all of these amazing books. May God bless you in your future endeavors.

    Ruth, 15, Wisconsin Reply
    • Lois Walfrid Johnson wrote:

      Thank you, Ruth, for your lovely, encouraging e-mail. You have a wise heart and a strong voice. You are saying something very important to all of us who are writers. You are also encouraging your own generation to make a difference by developing strong, healthy relationships in whatever part of the world they live.

      Lois Reply
  • Sophia wrote:

    I read all six of the Freedom Seekers … I loved every single one of them,
    but I wished there could have been a seventh book…. Would you consider writing a seventh
    Freedom Seekers book?

    Thank you for wanting more Freedom Seeker books. I love the characters too. Every time I write a series
    that happens because my characters start feeling like friends. But right now I can't promise that I'll
    write more FS books. I'll see what happens down the road, okay?

    Love, Lois Reply
    • Elle wrote:

      Dear Lois walfris Johnson
      I have read the adventures in the northwoods series , the freedom seekers and the Viking quest series and whilst they were all great, my favorite one was the Viking quest series . I have always loved Viking and Norse things so this series was perfect . I especially loved how you grew everyone up !! As I read I realized I was somewhat like Bree : stubborn , has a temper and even kind of how she had a really hard time forgiving mikkel . I am proud to say I have improved . So thank you for writing great books .

      I have a question : would you consider doing a mini series of sorts ? To continue the stories beyond the ending of the books you've already written? Because that would be the most fantastic thing ever !! Anyway I'm quite sure you are rather busy.

      May you live to see a thousand reasons to rejoice ( that's from fiddler on the roof , love that movie ) thank you !!!! --- Elle Reply
      • lwj wrote:

        Thank you, Elle, for your great comments. It's interesting that you feel somewhat like Bree. I want to make my characters seem like real people and you not only have noticed that, but can be proud to say you have improved!!!!! I would be interested in continuing stories beyond the ending of books I've already written. But right now I need to do some other things so I can't promise that I'll be able to do what you've asked. Just the same, thanks for asking and for your big-time encouragement! Lois Reply
  • lwj wrote:

    What fun to hear from Germany! I'm delighted that you have read all 10 Northwoods books in German.
    AND that you want to read the series that is called Freedom Seekers in America and a title that is translated Der Abenteuer Fluss in German. The first two novels are out now, and the artist gives us a delightful view of the Mississippi riverfront on the cover.

    And guess what? The translator of these books is Franziska Sagesser, a reader of my books who grew up in Switzerland. (Sorry, I can't figure out how to put the dots above the a in her last name.) Reply
  • lwj wrote:

    Thank you, Parco. I'm glad to share my webpage with you. Lois Reply
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    Thank you! I'm glad you like my site! Lois Reply

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