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Lori L. Lake (born February 9, 1960) is an Oregon writer, teacher, speaker, and author of mystery, drama, romance, and general fiction, most of which is about lesbian protagonists. Her work includes the "Gun" police quadrology, The Public Eye Mystery Series, three standalone drama/romances, two short story collections, the Lambda Literary finalist anthology The Milk of Human Kindness, and the WWII novel Snow Moon Rising, which won the 2007 Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, a Golden Crown Literary Award, and The Alice B Readers Award. Lake teaches fiction writing, most recently at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She frequently gives talks about the craft of writing, serves as a coach to many up-and-coming writers, and is a founding mother of The Golden Crown Literary Society. (P: Lori L. Lake in June 2009)

Lake was born in Portland, Oregon, the oldest of five daughters, and spent her early years with her family in Seattle and Portland, then lived with an aunt and uncle in Tigard, Oregon, during her teen years. She graduated from Portland's Lewis and Clark College in 1983 with a double major in English and Political Science and moved to the Twin Cities shortly after. She attended Hamline University where she studied with Carol Bly and received a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Literature and Ethics in 1989. She resided in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area until August 2009 when she moved back to Oregon. She now lives in Portland.

In recent years, Lake has become a mentor and coach to many young and aspiring writers, especially through her work at The Loft Literary Center and in her work as an organizer or program director of literary conferences, particularly for the Oregon Writers Colony, and for the Golden Crown Literary Society, where she was most recently the Chair of the Board and the Director of Organization & Recordkeeping.

A Very Public Eye and Jump the Gun won a 2013 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Mystery / Thriller. Eight Dates won a 2014 Rainbow Award as Best Lesbian Romantic Comedy.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_L._Lake

Further Readings:

A Very Public Eye by Lori L. Lake
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Quest by RCE (November 10, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619290766
ISBN-13: 978-1619290761
Amazon: A Very Public Eye
Amazon Kindle: A Very Public Eye

Greed? Hatred? Retaliation? Or a Cover-up? Winter has set in, but young Eddie Bolton will never see another snowfall in Duluth, Minnesota. Someone has killed him in what should have been a secure juvenile detox ward at the Benton Dowling Center. Police Officer Leona "Leo" Reese is working temporarily as a state investigator of fraud and licensing infractions, but has been out of commission due to surgery. On her first week back on the job, she is faced with the aftermath of the 17-year-old's death. Working with the local police, Leo discovers precious little evidence and far too few people with motives for the killing. As she uncovers long-buried secrets, someone else is murdered, and Leo realizes that she, too, is in danger. In the midst of her own emotional turmoil, is Leo strong enough and smart enough to confront and catch a clever and ruthless murderer?

Jump The Gun: Book Four in The Gun Series by Lori L. Lake
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Quest by RCE; 1st edition (July 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935053507
ISBN-13: 978-1935053507
Amazon: Jump The Gun: Book Four in The Gun Series
Amazon Kindle: Jump The Gun: Book Four in The Gun Series

Dez Reilly, a patrol sergeant with the Saint Paul Police, is trying to decide which direction to go with her career: To SWAT? Or to Investigations? Or does she continue with the patrol supervision she is heartily tired of?

Jaylynn Savage cheerfully patrols the city's skyways and is happy with Dez, who is the love of her life. But when a colleague is murdered on duty, Dez and Jaylynn are both stunned. Before they can even process the loss, a witness is killed, Dez is targeted by a dangerous killer, and nobody the two of them knows is safe. Can Dez protect those she loves and also stop a heartless, face-less murderer?

Lori L. Lake's fourth novel in The Gun Series is full of twists and surprises. Don't miss this one if you enjoy a suspenseful and entertaining mystery/thriller.

Eight Dates: A Romance by Lori L. Lake
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Launch Point Press; 1st edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1633040003
ISBN-13: 978-1633040007
Amazon: Eight Dates: A Romance
Amazon Kindle: Eight Dates: A Romance

Skylar Cassidy has been on her own for less than a year after a disastrous breakup. She's found that meeting women is difficult - kind of daunting, actually. She feels like she's been run through the mill and doesn't want to go through it again. But when her best pal and business partner Mitchell signs her up at the GirlsGaylore.com dating website and characterizes her as a happy-go-lucky, amorous, risk-taking single, strange women suddenly come out of the woodwork and Sky hardly knows what to make of it. EIGHT DATES is a comical story of a woman's search for Ms. Right-and how she finds quite a few Ms. Wrongs along the way.

More Rainbow Awards at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, Rainbow Awards/2013 & 2014

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