Lori Knutson


Lori Knutson - Author

About the Author

Lori Knutson is the author of five books. The first of these, Sacred Simplicities, is a compilation of newspaper articles. The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's A Will are young adult novels, the first two in the Charly Pederson series. Her latest novel is the historical murder mystery, Denby Jullsen, Hughenden. More Simplicities, the sequel to Sacred Simplicities is now available.

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What's New

I’m working on creating a podcast called Listening to Lori. This first one is called Another One Like the Other Ones. Enjoy!
Episode 1

Here’s another Listening to Lori podcast. This one is called My Opinion of Opinions.
Episode 2

Here’s the audio version of my blog about Tom Petty. It’s called Tom Petty and the Heartbroken.
Episode 3

Lori Knutson & Tim Nordin, Birdfoot Press Publisher


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Who killed Denby Jullsen?

Denby Jullsen, Hughenden is now available as an ebook through Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

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This tumultuous story begins with the reported murder of Hughenden resident and eldest Jullsen brother, Denby. His body is found by a hunter off a main road propped up in the backseat of an abandoned vehicle. From there, the story goes back in time to the wedding of the middle bother, Cully Jullsen. The tale unfolds as it follows the Jullsen family through its up and downs including suspected infidelity and murder, jail sentences and drunken antics, family dinners and picnics in the shade. During the novel’s course babies are born and some souls are saved while others are arguably lost. The winding path finally leads back to the death of Denby Jullsen as the reader discovers the answer to the mystery.

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Teacher Resources

Middle school teachers - this is a gold mine! Here you will find two sets of ready-to-print activities created by the author for the novels The Ghost of Northumberland Strait and its sequel Where There's a Will. Included here are reading comprehension and responsive journaling worksheets for every chapter of both books. Also included are vocabulary-building word searches for each chapter. Just print them out and assess your students' reading comprehension and writing skills.

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Here Lori Knutson reads from her novel The Ghost of Northumberland Strait. Share the recording with your class while you're reading the novel. Did you know that your students can write to the author and she will respond to their letters in the form of a video podcast? Engage your students by showing the personalized podcast on your interactive whiteboard. It's an author visit right in your classroom and at your convenience. For this digital visit, the cost for your classroom is only $100.

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Latest Blog Post

Thanks to Fear

I’m afraid of a lot of things and I’m glad.  I’ve got fear to thank for many of the things I’ve done. If I’d been born brave, I wouldn’t have had to conquer fears. I could’ve sat courageously back and let the world pass by my cold, unwavering gaze.

Instead, every day I have to face my fears or do nothing. I couldn’t bear not experiencing life and so my only choice is to tackle my fears daily.

Fear has barred me from action, but that hasn’t happened for a while. Years ago, I got tired of living on the periphery of life, of letting my fears rule me, and so I begin living despite my fears. I started living with my fears.

I was a nervous, anxious kid, shy and quiet. As a young adult, I was withdrawn and socially awkward. To say I suffered from low self-esteem would be a comical understatement. I was the target of ridicule, of others’ cruel criticism and of my own stinging accusations.

Yet, here I am. Despite my fear and anxiety, and maybe even because of fear, my constant companion, I’m doing all right. I’m holding my ground in this world. Somehow I made friends with fear. We used to be on opposite sides. Now we work together.

Some of my recent fears

Here are some of the things I’ve been recently afraid of and did anyway:

  • Getting my Twinrix vaccination.
  • Performing with the local drama group.
  • Setting up a new website.
  • Recording a podcast.
  • Quitting my job.
  • Returning to university.
  • Completing major assignments.
  • Checking my scores on major assignments.

These are the big ones. The smaller ones are too many to list. We’re talking pages and pages.

Nothing to lose

I know that talk of death can sound morbid, but the reality of death has really helped me face my fears. Whenever I’m particularly afraid to move forward or take action, I remind myself that I’ve got nothing to lose because when all is said and done, I’m going to be dead. I can’t take risks or act brave in the grave. So now is the time.

That which scares me hasn’t killed me yet

None of the things I fear have killed me yet. I’ve ridden a million roller coasters that were steep and scary. I’m still here.

I’ve submitted articles and manuscripts here and there and everywhere. I received a million rejection letters and rejection emails. I’m still here.

I’ve taken plenty of flights, and I’ve whispered a little prayer and clutched the arms of my airplane seat during almost every landing. I’m still here.

It’ll most likely be something I fear that eventually kills me, but I won’t die because I feared it. I’ll die because the something I feared is something that can actually kill me. The usual suspects include old age, illness and accidental death.

Bravery isn’t for me

I’ve discovered that doing things that scare me doesn’t kill me. Instead, doing those scary things encourages me to do more scary things. Even if I’m not more courageous about facing fears, I’m at least more confident.

I’ve learned to accept that I’m never going to be really brave, but I also know that I’m a chicken who’s going to keep moving forward into those situations that scare her. It’s the only way this chicken’s going to fully experience life. Thanks fear.

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Suitable for all ages

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Where There's
A Will

Where There's A Will Cover
Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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The Ghost of Northumberland Strait

The Ghost of Northumberland Strait Cover
Best-suited to Grades 5-9;
ages 10-14

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Suitable for all ages

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