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Lisa Wingate

Q: What’s new in Lisa Wingate books?

Shelterwood is new on shelves as of June 4, 2024! Based on shocking historical events, Shelterwood tells the story of Oklahoma’s “elf children,” who fled corrupt guardians to survive alone in the forest, and a National Park Service law-enforcement ranger who rediscovers their story in 1990. To explore the true story-behind-the-story, check out the amazing Shelterwood book club kit by clicking here. In other exciting news, #1 New York Times bestseller, Before We Were Yours just went into its 36th reprint, with over 3.5 million copies sold. What a milestone to celebrate with readers! For current live and virtual book event schedules and details on the Shelterwood book tour, check my appearances page. If you’re visiting my cyber porch for the first time be sure to sign up for the newsletter, so you’ll know about upcoming giveaways and news!

 Q: What shocking piece of true history inspired Shelterwood?


The most shocking stories hide in places we think we know. Despite countless field trips, museum tours, and history classes growing up in Oklahoma, I heard not a mention that the most powerful politician of the state’s fledgling years was—a woman? In an era when women couldn’t even vote? The true story of Kate Barnard, her 1909 investigation of bizarre reports of “elf children living in a hollow tree,” and her eventual discovery of the children’s true identity inspired the events in Shelterwood. Told through the eyes of two girls who flee a home filled with dangers to seek safety in the wilderness, Shelterwood follows a perilous journey to Oklahoma’s remote Winding Stair Mountains, where the girls soon discover they are not alone. I hope you will enjoy meeting Ollie and Nessa along with all the characters of Shelterwood, both real and imagined. To learn more, click here for a behind-the-scenes tour including historical photos, location photos, and materials for book clubs.

Rill Foss

“Oklahoma Kate” Barnard and children as seen in The American Magazine, Oct, 1908
(Photos from Wingate Media Collection)

“Wingate’s stellar latest (after Before We Were Yours) explores a centuries-long legacy of missing child cases… the region’s history, culture, and landscape enthralls. Wingate is at the top of her game.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

 Q: What’s the stunning true history behind Before We Were Yours and Before and After?


From the 1920s through 1950, thousands of children of single mothers and poverty-stricken parents were taken away — sometimes even quietly whisked off front porches or from hospital maternity wards — by the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and its Memphis branch director, Georgia Tann. While heartbroken birth mothers searched for their stolen sons and daughters, the children were often kept in unlicensed boarding facilities and given new names and histories before being advertised for adoption to families who could afford to pay. Before We Were Yours tells the stories of the children, through twelve-year-old Rill Foss, stolen from her family’s Mississippi River shantyboat with her four young siblings and held in an orphan house where uncertainty and danger wait around every corner. If you’re reading with your book club, click here for the beautiful digital book club kit from Random House.

Rill Foss

Photo courtesy of Preservation and Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis

 “Wingate is a master-storyteller, and you’ll find yourself pulled along as she reveals the wake of terror and heartache that is Georgia Tann’s legacy.” — Parade magazine

Q: What else is on shelves now?

Before We Were Yours is now in Paperback and trade paperback. The Tending Roses series is being reissued with lovely new covers. Companion non-fiction book, Before and After with Co-author Judy Christy gives voice to the Tann adoptees and birth families. To learn more, click on the book covers below or check out Lisa’s Bookshelf.

Q: Any News?

Here’s a bit. For all the latest, find me on Facebook.

Legacy Publishing offers new Lisa Wingate Collection greeting cards!

Each card features a quote from a Lisa Wingate book.

Each card sold buys a meal for a hungry child.

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Q: Any exciting contests going on?

Always! Sign up for the Lisa Wingate email newsletter and you’ll be entered in a monthly drawing for an autographed Lisa Wingate book.


Q: How can I keep up with you and your books?

In this busy cyber age, there are so many ways to keep in touch.  You can find me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or sign up for my email newsletter. I love keeping in touch with readers. The best part of writing is watching stories do what they are meant to do–bring people together.


Q: Where can I find a full list of your books?

For a full list of the books, in order by series, click here: For a printable PDF list, click here: LISA WINGATE BOOKS

Q: How long have you been writing and how many books total?

I’ve been writing all my life. A special first-grade teacher made a writer out of me and I still have the report card with her handwritten note, “I expect to see your name in a magazine one day.” With the addition of Before and After (non-fiction about the real life adoptees) and The Book of Lost Friends, the total is now thirty-two. For a full list, go to my Bookshelf Page.

Q: Do you schedule book events and speaking engagements?

I love to chat with real people (as opposed to the imaginary kind). For information on booking speaking engagements live or virtual, check my Contacts Page.

Q: Do you ever worry that you’ll run out of stories?

Quite the opposite. I’m a collector of stories, bits of untold history, interesting characters, and all other chance encounters that may one day be fodder for a story. I never know what will spark a new novel or a short story, but I keep drawers full of scraps and notes, to ensure that all those potential treasures won’t be lost.