After living in North Dakota for eighteen years, Lois Carroll found it fun to research the hearty pioneers who settled that area.
Switching from her usual romantic suspense, her first historical novel
about them is titled Trail of Dreams.
It follows families moving from Philadelphia west, racing to arrive before the winter storms set in. The sequel coming out this spring is set in the Dakota Territory where they are establishing homes, and where the weather is only part of what they must battle to stay alive.
When she's not writing, you'll find Lois in her sewing room, headquarters for Sophie's Smocks, a service project she began last year. She makes feeding/craft smocks from cotton turtlenecks, adding a terry cloth applique on the front and a Velcro closure on the cut-open back. Sophie's Smocks, in sizes kid small to adult XXL, are free for children and adults with Angelman's Syndrome. The project is named after her granddaughter who has AS. She has mailed out 335 smocks to date to Angels around the world.
To order a free smock for an Angel in your life, send the size and complete mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.