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About the author

Lois Petren, author of the Five Enchanted Mermaids and Lulu and Lainey series of children's picture books, became an author by chance when she realized she had a story to tell. Creative inspiration occurred during 2015 when, after returning from a family vacation, Lois discovered that she had left behind a ball of yarn she needed to complete a knitting project. This became the inspiration for writing "Lulu and Lainey ... a French Yarn," which is the first book in the Lulu and Lainey series. Five additional books followed.

In 2018 in collaboration with LifeMadeSimple, LLC, Lois started writing books about the Five Enchanted Mermaids, a diverse group of mermaids with magical powers who help children to develop a growth mindset and learn developmental skills.

Lois has had successful careers in marketing, fashion and retirement services. She lives in Southern California with her husband and children. When she is not writing she can be found knitting, cooking, or planning her next vacation.