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Woodbury woman writes children's book

"Stormy, Stormy Night" is Karen Lee's first book. Lee said she hopes to come out with 12 books featuring main characters, Lighting and Thunder, in the future. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia

It might have taken awhile, but Karen Lee is seeing her dreams come to fruition.

In March, Lee's first book, "Stormy, Stormy Night" was published by Mirror Publishing out of Fort Payne, Ala.

The children's book features two characters named Lightning and Thunder. Lightning is a bald eagle who's afraid of flying, while Thunder is a horse that's trying to find his way back to his home.

The two set out on a journey to reach home while meeting some colorful characters.

Lee, who lives in Woodbury, got the idea for Lightning from her daughter who was always afraid of flying. Mix that narrative with the story's location, Stockholm, Wis., and Lee felt like she had a great start to what she hopes to be a 12-book series.

Lee and her family frequently went on road trips to Stockholm and the Wabasha, Minn., area and Lee recalled "being blown away" by the scenic areas and the bald eagles, especially at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.

Growing up in a military family, Lee moved around often, but said it's always been her goal to return to Wisconsin. She hopes to relocate from Woodbury to River Falls someday.

At 10 a.m. June 14, Lee will sign copies of her book at the River Falls Public Library.

"Stormy, Stormy Night" can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. It can also be found at Freeman Drug in River Falls or on Lee's website:

Lee is currently writing the third book, while getting the second book ready for publishing. She hopes the second book of the series will come out this fall.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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