Lois Walfrid Johnson is the author of 38 books and 14 updated editions for adults and children. Her middle reader novels include The Disappearing Stranger and other best-selling Adventures of the Northwoods novels set in the early 1900's in Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin, and upper Michigan. Her 1857 Riverboat Adventures series offer page-turning cliffhangers, the mysteries of the Underground Railroad, and a fresh perspective on the freedoms sought in the Declaration of Independence. Most recently, Lois has penned the Viking Quest Series, set in the exciting times of 10th century Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and (with Leif Erickson) North America. Although targeted for boys and girls eight years old and up, Lois' novels are read by people of all ages. Her work also includes You're Worth More Than You Think! and three other books in the Let's-Talk-About-It Stories for Kids Series to help children make wise choices.
Lois is a trusted friend of families with a combined sale of close to 1.5 million books plus translations. Her work has been translated into 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion, the C.S. Lewis Award for Best Series in the year it was published, the Wisconsin State Historical Society Award for Distinguished Service to History, and five Silver Angels from Excellence in Media. Yet Lois feels especially grateful for readers who have written from over 40 countries to say, "I love your books. I can't put them down."
Lois travels nationally as a motivational speaker. A former public school teacher and editorial associate for Writer's Digest School, she has taught writing to children and adults in a variety of situations—public and private schools, home educator groups, universities, and over 60 conferences or workshops in mainland United States, Hawaii, and Canada.
She writes: "I'm always deeply moved to discover how books go where I cannot. As I spoke in a bookstore, a young woman on the staff suddenly exclaimed, 'Oh, are you Lois Johnson? When I was 10 years old, I was suicidal because of the abuse in my family. But someone outside my family gave me your first book, Just a Minute, Lord. Because of that book, I didn't commit suicide." As I wondered if I could find a way to finish another novel, a teacher told me about a seventh grade boy—a reluctant reader who discovered The Disappearing Stranger. The boy became such an enthusiastic reader that he talked his entire class of reluctant readers into reading the novel, then the series. As I asked myself whether I wanted to continue giving long hours to teach others, a child looked up into my eyes and said, "I want to be a writer when I grow up."