Lori Copeland has published more than 50 romance novels and has won numerous awards for her books. Publishing with HeartQuest allows her the freedom to write stories that express her love of God and her personal convictions.
Lori lives with her wonderful husband, Lance, in Springfield, Missouri. She has three incredibly handsome grown sons, three absolutely gorgeous daughters-in-law, and three exceptionally bright grandchildren, but then, she freely admits to being partial when it comes to her family.
Lori enjoys reading biographies, attending book discussion groups, participating in morning water-aerobic exercises at the local YMCA, and she is presently trying very hard to learn to play bridge. She loves to travel and is always thrilled to meet her readers. When asked what one thing Lori would like others to know about her, she readily says, “I’m not perfect, just forgiven by the grace of God.” Christianity to Lori means peace, joy, and the knowledge that she has a Friend, a Savior, who never leaves her side. Through her books, she hopes to share this wondrous assurance with others.
People criticize romance as being pure fantasy, but that’s a matter of opinion. Romance novels allow us to revisit that experience of first love and those warm wonderful feelings we’ve all felt. Any sound marriage contains that element of romance. True, those initial feelings of pure excitement mature into something deeper and quieter-I know, for I’ve been happily married for 40 years now. And honestly? My husband still makes my heart go pitter-patter at times. I can’t think of a single other person I’d rather spend my time here on earth with. When a romance novel captures that excitement, that’s not unrealistic; it’s what God intends for a man and a woman who are deeply committed to each other. Women who read romance novels know the difference between reality and fantasy. In the romance novels I write, readers have the opportunity to spend time reliving those feelings of first love. What could be nicer? I strongly feel there’s ministry value in a Christian romance. Today when there are so many broken homes, so much unhappiness in young people’s lives, I think it’s clear we need to rebuild our faith in relationships. That’s why the happy ending is so important; romance novels emphasize that it is possible to find and build true love. This is especially true of a Christian romance, which points to the source of our hope and the healer of relationships, the Lord Jesus Christ.