The first week of this month has been a blur as my hubby and I prepared for our son and his family's arrival. They have been here for a few days to celebrate an early Christmas together. Everything else in my life has been 'on hold' while we enjoy our time together and make memories. But I didn't want to miss the chance to introduce you to another author.
Today we have the pleasure of getting to know Louise M. Gouge a little better. Welcome Louise! How did you develop a love of story?
I’ve always loved stories, so I don’t consciously know how this developed in me. When I was a little girl, television was just in its infancy, so my family listened to the radio for news and entertainment. With no pictures to go along with the exciting narrative and dialogue coming over the airwaves, I imagined my own visuals. I also loved going to the movies, everything from Disney cartoons to John Wayne westerns. From a very early age, I would imagine myself being a part of those stories. Then I would go on to invent my own stories. Often when I was writing essays or term papers in school, I would instead write a story or a play that included the important elements of the subject matter. While it didn’t work in my math classes (LOL), it was the perfect method to show my knowledge of English, history, and social studies classes.
LOL. I agree. Too bad it didn't work for math class. :) How did you get started in writing?
When my children were all in school, I had lunch with another stay-at-home mom in the same situation. We were talking about what we would do once we were empty-nesters. I told her about my latest imaginings, and she told me to go home and write that story. That very day in 1984, my writing career began. That story grew into my first two novels, but it took ten years of study and learning (I should say, beginning to learn) before the first one was published in 1994. I’ve been at it ever since.
I like that another Mom encouraged you write. What spiritual truths do you desire to convey to your readers?
The most important spiritual truths we all need to know are that God made us, He loves us, and He has a plan for each of our lives. Our salvation is not dependent on good works we’ve done, but on His mercy and grace. I try to make that clear through my characters.
Those are some great ones. What’s your favorite animal and have you ever used one in your stories?
As a cat lover, I’ve included them in my stories. It’s easy because we have cats and I’m familiar with their antics, which end up on the pages of many of my stories. I’ve also used dogs, but I have to do a bit of research to depict them correctly. As for the horses that are a staple of westerns, as well as most historical stories, my information comes from my daughter and granddaughter, who are both horsewomen.
That's great to have some built in resource people. :) Tell us about your new novel.
Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe is the fourth book in my Four Stone Ranch series about a fictional town in southern Colorado. It’s published by Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical line. Although it’s part of a series, each book stands alone. Here’s the blurb.
Deputy Grace Eberly can outshoot and outride most men in Esperanza, Colorado…but lassoing a husband is an impossible task. At least she has her good friend Reverend Micah Thomas to keep her company. When outlaws threaten their community, the two join forces to stop them, and Grace’s feelings for the reverend deepen. But she’s sure he’d never love a too-tall cowgirl in trousers and boots.
Micah believes that it’s time to find himself a wife—someone sweet and ladylike who can help him better serve the town. So why do none of the elegant young women of his acquaintance stir his heart like the feisty tomboy deputy? As they work to bring peace to the community, will Grace and Micah finally see that they make the perfect team?
LOL. Oh, that sounds like a good one. I can't wait to read it myself. :) Please share about how you became a Christian.
Just as with the beginnings of my love of story, I don’t have a particular date or experience I can cite as my moment of salvation. From my earliest childhood, I attended church with my family, but of course that doesn’t save a person. Sometime during those years of hearing the Gospel message, I asked Jesus to be my personal Savior. My favorite Bible verse has always been John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (that includes me!) believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” As the hymn says, “Now I belong to Jesus; Jesus belongs to me, not for the years of time alone, but for eternity.” I have eternal life not because I’m good or special or have done anything to earn my salvation, but because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and I believe in Him. There is no other name given among men (and woman) whereby we must be saved.
Well said, Louise. It's been such a pleasure to have you here today.
Thank you for hosting me, Jodie!
You are very welcome. Louise has graciously offered to give away a copy of her new book if we have at least 10 people comment below. (US only). So tell a friend and add a comment or question for your chance to win. :)