Cambridge author finds release in writing romance-suspense

Cambridge author LuAnn Nies with her published books. Photo by Jon Tatting
Cambridge author LuAnn Nies with her published books. Photo by Jon Tatting

When LuAnn Nies begins a writing session, she lets her characters in to share their unique stories.

It can be a rewarding experience; it can be more of a confrontation where she has to take over and put a stop to the madness, she said. Regardless, she loves the words that appear before her after spending hours of time on outlines and research to add a believable touch to her fun yet suspenseful romantic books.

“I figure it out as the characters come forward,” said Nies of how her stories come together. “People thought I was crazy as a child.”

A Cambridge-area author, Nies is one of two romance authors who will be featured at the Girls Night Out: Women Doing Business with Women spring expo from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Don Hansen VFW, 17438 Baltimore St. NE, Ham Lake. Scheduled to join her is friend and colleague Denise Devine, who writes in the sweet romance genre.

Nies has authored the novels “JoAnna’s Rescue,” “Freeing Abigail,” “Catrina’s Cowboy” and short stories “Shadow Trail” and “Bearly Christmas Darling.”

She will also participate in a book signing to celebrate the Ladies Night Out: May Day on Main Street event from 4-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Stillwater. At the second event, 12 Minnesota authors including Nies will be signing books at Rafters Bar & Restaurant, 317 Main St., near the heart of downtown Stillwater.

“The saying, ‘You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl,’ describes this author,” Nies said.

As evident through her writings, Nies loves the country landscape, particularly out West, where she has spent time doing what she loves — from herding cattle on horseback in Montana to snowmobiling in Wyoming. An eye for detail, her stories are based on her own experiences and daydreams of wild adventures — just as she did as a little girl.

Usually, the women in her novels are country girls who find themselves in strange predicaments with men, yet they have the makings of true heroes, as Nies described her stories.

All of Nies’ stories are featured in print and digital form from,,,, and the author’s website at