December 31st, 2013
This New Years Eve, 12-31-13, Cicely and I celebrate the 70th anniversary of our first date.
On New Years Eve, 1943-44, she and I took street cars to downtown Los Angeles to attend a stage play at the Biltmore Hotel. Teenager Shirley Temple played the lead in what was a risqué plot of mistaken identity that included the word, “pregnant.” Cicely and I were so embarrassed that we unable to even look at each other when the actors used that word, “pregnant” in public.
We had met on Sept. 13, 1943, while waiting for a counselor so we could to register for college classes. I found myself standing in line next to a 17-year-old red-haired freshman to whom I was attracted. We had a long time to get acquainted before we learned the counselor was never coming.
Cicely’s ambition was to become an actress, which she did. My goal was to become an author, which I did. After four years of dating off and on, we married and have children and grandchildren. But Cicely also became co-author of my life – still is.
On the 70th anniversary of our first date, we wish each of you a happy new year and a love as deep and enduring as Cicely’s and mine.
December 27th, 2013
(From Facebook 12-26-13)
Dear Lee, I met you many times at the Homeschoolers’ conventions at the Disneyland hotel! You signed books for my sons!
I’m sure you don’t remember me but I sure remember you! I want to write and I DO have your Writing a Story book.
My first husband passed away 9.5 yrs ago when our sons were 19 and 22. A week before he went home to be with the Lord, Bart said , “We’ve got to write our story!” God gave us an amazing love story and family travel!
We were living in Turlock at the time and the Lord led me to my now husband, Jay Weber, who remembers you from the Ceres area when you wrote for local papers! God has led us up to North Idaho and it’s an awesome place to live!
You came to mind as we are watching a Gentle Ben 2 movie. God bless you, Lee.” (Colette Weber)
Thanks, Colette. “Gentle Ben” and the novel I wrote about “Grizzly Adams” both became successful TV bear series.
December 23rd, 2013
Comment from website 12-17-13
From Caera Thornton.
Hello! What a world we live in, that I can find and message you, one my favorite childhood authors, simply by googling your name. I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for your awesome books.
I went from being a late reader to writing my own books in a span of a decade, and you played a role in that by writing series that I couldn’t put down as a kid. The best example would be Josh Ladd’s books.
Around the mid 1990’s, when I was just getting a hang on reading, my mum bought me the first six Ladd books for a three week vacation in Florida.
She thought they would keep me occupied when I couldn’t be outside or was waiting on the plane. I had them read within 5 days and she couldn’t believe me when I told her. My dad never laughed so hard.
After that they had to give me one book at a time to make sure I did actually play outside, else I would have done nothing else that whole trip. That was the defining moment for me, where I went from a struggling reader to a bookworm.
So I just wanted to say thanks for that. It was one of the best summers ever, and I can’t wait to share your books with my kids. And yes, I will make sure they get fresh air between reads!
December 1st, 2013
A sudden sharp rise in my book sales reminded me of how many caring people are already choosing books as Christmas gifts for young readers. Emails from older readers show that my four series of 40 novels are not only fun to read, but they have “staying power” so they’re cherished long after childhood. Example:
“I am writing to let you know how much your Ladd Family Adventure Series means to me, especially The Legend of Fire. I have lost count of the number of times I have read The Legend of Fire. It was one of my absolute favorite books growing up, and any time I wanted something to read and there wasn’t anything new around, it was always the first book I went back to.
“I also have an old tattered collection of many of your other Ladd Family Adventure books, and have added a few shiny new ones in more recent years.
“I really treasure your stories and the lessons they teach. These books are a true mix of adventure, family values and Christian morals, and are books I would love to see my own children read someday.”(Megan McRae, college student.) Books: always the right Christmas gift,
October 26th, 2013
My 40 family-friendly adventure novels for young readers have done so well that some people are unaware that I have also authored 10 historical suspense novels for adults. Emily Schroepfer recently found book 1 one in my second trilogy “The Pinkerton Chronicles. She wrote, in part:
“I just rented your book, “Days of Deception” from the library. I am so far enjoying it. I am interested in writing as well. Last year for my birthday I got both of your “How to Write” books, and I really enjoyed them. Thank you for your writing! The world needs more good writers like you. I look forward to reading more of your novels.”
REPLY: Thanks, Emily. Besides “Deception,” the other exciting adult novels in that trilogy are “Yesterday’s Shadows” and “Tomorrow’s Promise.” My other trilogy begins with “Giants on the Hill.”
In blog #53, I quoted part of a letter from John S. Stoltzsfus, but omitted his name. I apologize for that. John buys and sells used Christian books at firstname.lastname@example.org. He wrote that he knew my “Between Two Flags” are available as e-books, but wondered if I had any plans for reprinting them as paperbacks.
REPLY: That’s under consideration, John.
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October 16th, 2013
Computer failure delayed this blog, but was repaired in time to write:
Sixty-six years ago, on Oct. 17, 1947, Miss Cicely Price and I were married. We are grateful to God for all the blessings He has given us, including a son, daughter, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Cicely and I are also very thankful that two generations of former and current young readers have made many best-sellers of my 40-plus wholesome books. We appreciate that 35 of my titles are still on the market in paperback or electronic form.
We also have another 30-plus out-of-print paperback titles including “An American Adventure,” my series for girls which sold nearly 500,000 copies. Teresa Jones recently asked if I planned to republish those as e-books on Kindle.
“I grew up reading those books until they fell apart and I would just love to have the ebooks so that one I could re read them and two so that they could remain in my collection forever just as the paperbacks have been. Thank you making such a wonderful set of stories that helped inspire my great love for reading.”
Teresa, the answer is conditional but my 200 words are used up, so details next blog.
October 8th, 2013
Next time, I’ll clarify something I wrote in Blog #52, but the stalemate in Washington is so timely it reminded me of a great turning point in our nation. I shared it years ago in my “American Heritage” radio broadcasts.
In May, 1787, the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederation. Various states’ representatives became quarrelsome and hopelessly divided. New York’s delegation even left in disgust. The situation looked hopeless when old Ben Franklin said, in part:
“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: ‘that God governs in the affairs of men.’ And if a swallow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, it is probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
“I therefore beg leave to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”
The words of the prayer that followed are unknown although it obviously was not merely a perfunctory ritual recitation. Squabbling delegates then worked together to create perhaps the world’s most unique governing document: our Constitution; a great turning point in our nation’s history.
October 2nd, 2013
I have earlier explained that my mission is to encourage young readers to enjoy reading and writing. Home school families and Christian schools have become our primary constituents of my God-honoring, fun-to-read wholesome novels for young readers.
This twice-weekly blog format is like a 200 word magazine featuring a variety of short, pertinent pieces to achieve those goals, as:
QUOTES: “People tend to do what they really want – and make excuses for all else.” This became known as Roddy’s Rule in the years I taught countless aspiring writers how to become selling authors.
LETTERS: Between Two Flags
“Am interested in knowing if the above set will become available in print form again? Any plans? I know they are now available in e-books, however many of our customers are Amish/Mennonite, not using the technology. We buy many used titles for our customer requests. Please let us know your thoughts on this. We operate a small mail order business, goes by the name of Brookside Bookstore in Parkesburg,PA. I enjoy reading your blog.”
AUTHORS’ BOOKS: Lois Walfrid Johnson, best-selling author of 38 books, has just released “Escape into the Night,” #1 of 6 titles with study guides in “Freedom Seekers,” from Moody Publishers.
More next blog.