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Lois Billings

Born: 1935 in Marion, Illinois
Pen Name: Lois Fowler Barrett

Connection to Illinois: Barrett was born and educated in Marion, Illinois. Barrett also lived in Harrisburg, Illinois.

Biography: Barrett is a former reporter, columnist, & photographer for newspapers in the Southern Illinois area. She was born and educated in Illinois schools and colleges. Studies included the humanities, journalism, and government. Barrett became an avid student of the historical environment. Traveling and research are the author's hobbies, along with writing. As a former reporter/photographer for newspapers in Southern Illinois, Barrett explored earthquake happenings in the early eighteen hundreds to the present. This heightened a desire to relate the seriousness of these findings. What began as a project many years ago has attained fruition in fiction in this century. A growing concern for acceptance and recognition of the earthquakes of the past birthed a desire to fictionalize life in the 1800s in southern Illinois to as far in the present as possible. Barrett delved deeply into the ways of relevant historical facts for balance. Much of the studies, travels, and insight into this way of life included the lower counties of the area. Barrett emphatically sees history as an education, meat and potatoes for history buffs, into how their ancestors might have lived in the area during pioneering-to-present times. As research heightened, the lively characters of a pioneering era novel took on a life of their own, furthering desire to follow the characters for generations as a dedicated series.


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Selected Titles

The preacher's son
ISBN: 9781496722324 OCLC: 1037096376

Bishop T.K. Wilson's decision to run for borough president has unexpected repercussions when his children, models of respectability in public, pursue their own goals and deal with their own temptations and demons.