Author Archives: Louise M. Gouge

About Louise M. Gouge

Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical romance fiction, receiving the prestigious IRCA in 2005 and placing as a finalist in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017. When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty-plus years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums. Please visit her Web site at https://louisemgougeauthor.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLouiseMGouge/ Twitter: @Louisemgouge

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Scheduled to post a blog here today, I knew exactly what to write about: my father. William Douglas Jacobs was born on August 9, 1903, and died August 7, 1990, two days short of his eighty-seventh birthday. He lived a … Continue reading

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Cast-Iron Cooking

After years of buying overpriced nonstick pans, only to have them fail to live up to their “lifetime” guarantees, our household has gone back to an old favorite: cast-iron cookware. Yes, the skillets are heavy for my “mature” hands and … Continue reading

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Sorting it all out

It’s a job almost everyone plans to do, yet few of us get to it amidst the busyness of life. Or, sometimes, lethargy sets in, and a person just can’t force herself/himself to take the first step in an undeniably … Continue reading

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Who, me? by Louise M. Gouge

What? You think I should be a college instructor? But I’m a stay-at-home mom with a rapidly emptying nest. I’m a college dropout! How am I supposed to earn all those degrees necessary to qualify me to teach college students? … Continue reading

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Paint Your Wagon, or, the Attack of the Earworm by Louise M. Gouge

A Review I love the old musicals, especially those by the gifted composers and lyricists Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot). When their musical Paint Your Wagon appeared in my television lineup the other night, … Continue reading

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The case for historical fiction

As a fiction author, I understand that sometimes professional historians have little use for historical novels because they think these books often have no basis in truth. But if the author has done her job, fictional stories can surreptitiously teach … Continue reading

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Step Ten in Our Journey

This is my second post about my novel Son of Perdition, a coming-of-age story about the son of Captain Ahab of Moby Dick infamy. In my May 3 post, I mentioned a book I used for research about the U. … Continue reading

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Step Nine in our Journey

I hope you’ve been enjoying my journey to tell how I developed my Ahab’s Legacy book series. Here’s the next installment, this one about Book Three.  Son of Perdition is the coming-of-age story of Timothy Jacobs, a young man determined … Continue reading

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Step Eight in our Journey

As Mary Alford said in this past Tuesday’s post, readers find book series very appealing because they want to know what happens next to the characters they’ve come to love. With that in mind, we authors often plan ahead and … Continue reading

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Step Seven on our Journey by Louise M. Gouge

Thank you for sticking with me on this journey. Today, I’m posting an opinion piece titled: Ahab’s Bride Versus Ahab’s Wife When a writer completes a novel and begins the arduous task of finding a publisher, or better still, finding … Continue reading

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Step Six in our Journey

I hope you’ve been enjoying our journey to show how I developed my character of Moby Dick’s Captain Ahab’s “young girl-wife.” Here’s the next installment. To best show Hannah’s conflicts, I chose a limited omniscience, third person point of view. … Continue reading

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Step Five in Our Journey

What kind of woman would Captain Ahab fall in love with? Ahab would not be Ahab if he fell in love with a typical Victorian woman. But to figure out what sort of woman he would choose, we must look … Continue reading

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Step Four in our journey with Moby Dick

How did I choose to write my master’s thesis about Moby Dick? Here’s the first part of my thesis introduction. Since the 1920s, Herman Melville’s great American novel Moby Dick has been the subject of literary, religious, social, and psychological analysis, … Continue reading

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Step three on our journey

Last time, I promised we would explore some of the themes I discovered in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. I hope you enjoy this next phase of our journey. Remember this was research for my master’s thesis, so if it sounds … Continue reading

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Another step on our journey

Please excuse my late post! I had it mostly planned, but four trips to the VA with my dear hubby in the past week sort of took over my brain. The good news is that David is doing well after … Continue reading

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