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Louise Gouge's, The Captain's Lady
Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose. With her great love of history and research, Louise loves to visit museums and travel to her stories’ settings to ensure accuracy. Her favorite Bible verse is “He shall choose our inheritance for us” (Psalm 47:4), a testimony to her belief that God has chosen a path for each believer. To seek that path and to trust His wisdom is to find the greatest happiness in life.
Louise has been married to David Gouge for 45 years. They have four grown children and six grandchildren. She earned her BA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Louise is also an adjunct professor of English and Humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee, Florida.
Captain James Templeton is a spy for America at the onset of the Revolutionary War and is sent to England to find out information from the father of the woman he loves. He is torn between duty, faith, and love. Louise Gouge has you feeling the struggles that the handsome Captain James Templeton goes through. The captain is noble in all things and grapples with his faith and his duty as a spy. How can he justify both? And not to mention loving a British Earls daughter, which is forbidden love to an American captain. Then there is the sweet Marianne Moberly. She is intelligent and ambitious and determined to have her man. You can’t help but admire her spunk. Ms. Gouge does a wonderful job taking you back to Victorian times and the turmoil that was felt in American. By the time I reached the second half of the book I couldn’t put it down. The storyline doesn’t fall flat it keeps you engaged and turning the page until the end. I highly recommend this book if you love historicals. It is a terrific read!
1) What are you wearing right now and where are you (LR, dining room) and you have to tell the truth.
You caught me when I just returned home from work (I teach English and humanities at a community college), and I’m wearing black slacks and a pink sweater and jacket ensemble with a pink and black flowered scarf. I’m sooo not a fashionista, but I do manage to coordinate my colors. I always come home and go right to my desk in my home office to begin my most important job: writing.
2) Are you or any close family members in the characters’ personalities?
This is a fun question because in the book I’m currently writing, my four-year-old granddaughter is going to make an appearance: a cute, smart, active little girl who bosses her cousins and brother around. But in The Captain’s Lady, I can’t really say the personalities are like anyone in my family. They’re more like the heroes and heroines of the old romance/adventure movies and television shows I grew up on: Robin Hood, The Buccaneer, Captain Blood, that sort of thing.
3) What does it feel like to see your books in stores all over the United States and to know you can google your name and pull up thousands of results?
Well, it’s not exactly thousands, but thanks for the compliment. LOL. Truthfully, I feel so blessed, so privileged to be writing and actually seeing my books in print. When someone spends her hard-earned money to buy one of those books, I’m truly honored. When she enjoys the story, I know I’ve done my job. So I’d say, it feels really, really good, and I thank the Lord daily for His blessings.
4) Is there any person who has been a strong influence in your writing journey?
I always think first of all of my husband, who has encouraged me since the first day I started writing. That’s the emotional support every writer needs. As far as story content, I would say Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens influenced me because their books are so full of human tragedy and triumph. Their stories show us that God can bring about good things in the life surrendered to Him.
5) How long have you been writing and do you see yourself always writing?
I began writing in 1984 and was first published in 1994. I do see myself writing as long as I can imagine a story and type it on my computer. My imagination has been my companion since childhood, and it keeps going strong. Writing is a healthy thing for me. I’d go crazy with all that imagination wandering around in my head with no place to go.
6) What do you think is the biggest hurdle in getting published?
This is different for every writer, and it’s getting harder. Developing a unique voice, mastering grammar and storytelling, attending conferences to network and soak up writing tips all are important. Some of us are basically introverts so it’s hard to push ourselves in front of an editor or agent. Some of us have the opposite problem and practically stalk our target editor. Because I believe God has a plan for every child of His (including writers), I think the best thing to do is follow that list earlier in this paragraph, pray and walk closely with Him, and let Him move in His wonderful, mysterious ways to bring about His plan for you. For God, there are no hurdles.
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