Lois Lewandowski is a fiction writer and essayist. She has published two mystery novels, The Fatal Heir and The Burden of Truth. Both books won an honorable mention in the Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and Independent Books. The Burden of Truth was also a finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards mystery category. Her short story, “The River Man,” was a finalist in the 2005 Pebble Lake Review competition for short stories. She has also been published in Plains Song Review.
Lois grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska and studied Journalism and Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The Midwest is the backdrop for her novels and short stories as she weaves contemporary issues into her work. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Nebraska Writers Guild. Lois resides in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Absent People is a collection of stories about the people of the Midwest, an ode to the hardworking folks who know the value of life as well as the randomness of trouble.
“The River Man” is the story of a young woman’s descent into depression. “After the Rain” is the story of a man who makes peace with himself and the people around him after his wife’s untimely death.
Probation officer Gillian Jones knows something drove her teenage client, Jessica, to abandon her baby. Jessica is raising the rescued child, but some people want more charges filed.
A would-be rapist attacked Bob Johanson's daughter and Bob wants answers. When the county attorney is murdered, Jessica is the suspect, but Gillian is sure the killer was after evidence that would identify the rapist.
Probation officer Gillian Jones agrees to find the biological family of Caroline for a fee of $10,000, the amount she needs for fertility treatments. With few facts to go on, Gillian heads for a Colorado monastery hoping to find answers, but instead she finds a murder.