Today we have the pleasure of learning more about Louise M. Gouge.
Hi, Jodie. Thank you for inviting me to be your guest blogger. I was interested to see that your love for historical romance began with Little House on the Prairie. My husband and I read those books to our four children, and now we’re reading them to our grandchildren. What great stories! They reinforce the American values that built this country. And who can fail to admire the courageous Ingalls family?
My love of pioneer stories, along with historical westerns, is what compels me to be a writer. Although I’ve written Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Regency England books, I seem to have found my ultimate niche with westerns. This is no doubt because of all the John Wayne westerns my father took me to see. Starring in many western movies, John Wayne became an icon of heroism, American values, law and order, strength, and even faith in God. His characters were flawed, as all of us are, but he always learned something through his struggles and won the day…and the lady. I believe his appeal also had to do with the simplicity of life in the Old West. In today’s world with so much going on in all of our personal lives, not to mention in the country and the world, it's nice to sit back and enjoy stories about simpler times.
Like John Wayne’s characters, my heroines and heroes are flawed people who ultimately learn their lessons, as Laura Ingalls did from her wise parents. To me, this is part of the purpose of literature. If readers can see a bit of themselves in my work, perhaps deepen their relationship with the Lord, then I have done my job.
When I was writing my current release, A Family for the Rancher, I often thought of John Wayne and his favorite costar, Maureen O’Hara, as I developed my characters. I also thought of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. In spite of their relative poverty, they had a strong faith in God, a strong work ethic, and the good manners they extended to everyone. These are admirable qualities we should still aspire to today. Here’s my story:
From Neighbor to Daddy:
Rancher Edmund McKay likes his life simple and quiet—everything feisty neighbor Lula May Barlow is not! But with a cattle rustler on the loose, he’s duty-bound to protect the widowed mother, even without her approval. Yet he never expected to enjoy her company. And he certainly never thought her crowded, bustling house would be the first place he’d ever feel at home…
After a harsh childhood, Lula May knows how to stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need Edmund’s help—but she’s starting to want it, all the same. So are her children, who clearly have matchmaking in mind. And when a threat from the past resurfaces, she realizes all that’s at stake…including her chance for a lifetime of love.
Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and placed in 2011, 2015, and 2016; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012. When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums. Please visit her Web site at http://blog.Louisemgouge.com
Your book sounds like lots of fun, Louise. I look forward to reading it. How did you get started in writing?
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