Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Gabrielle Meyer-A Love Affair with the Written Word

Today we welcome author:
Gabrielle Meyer

One commenter will win a copy of Gabrielle's new release: 
The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection

Mary here. I met Gabrielle a couple of years ago at ACFW. I also knew her from My Book Therapy, two great organizations. Gabrielle has such a sweet personality. You can tell from her smile, am I right? Sure. I asked Gabrielle to tell us how God led her on her writing journey. Here is what she said:

In Fourth Grade I failed Spelling and started a Love Affair with the Written Word

In fourth grade I failed spelling. It was the one and only “F” I’ve ever received—but that “F” spurred by love affair with the written word. My teacher told me I would become a better speller if I read more, so I went to the elementary school library and pulled out the first books that looked appealing: The Babysitter’s Club, by Ann M. Martin.

I became such a ferocious reader, my mom had to tell me to put down my books to eat, do my chores, or even go outside and play. When my aunt gave me Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke, it was my introduction into historical romance—and, again, I fell in love. I read anything I could get my hands on. I was fascinated by books, and loved how they transported me to other times and places.

Early on, I wanted to be a writer, but I also wanted God’s will in my life. When I was a teenager, I asked Him to place desires in my heart that He wanted me to pursue. Thankfully, my love for reading and writing didn’t diminish, but continued to grow.

I dabbled in writing in high school and college, and began working for the Minnesota Historical Society as a tour guide at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site. I gained amazing experience learning how to interpret history in an engaging manner, and how to communicate that history for a whole new generation to discover.

I can look back now and see the hand of God directing every step I took. I couldn’t see around the bend, or over the next hill, but He was guiding me toward publication. Even my work at the historic site would be part of my writing journey.

At the age of twenty-one, I was married, and a few years later we started a family. Though I wasn’t writing like I wanted to, I was still gaining life experiences. When my daughters were seven and five, and my twin boys were not quite two, I read a book that would change my life. It was The Colonel’s Lady, by Laura Frantz. The story so captivated me, I asked myself why I wasn’t writing historical fiction—and I had no good answer.

After reading that novel, I began to pursue publication with gusto. I delved into the writing community and was welcomed with open arms. I gained friendships and knowledge at a speed that still astounds me—and through it all, God was there.

I found writing craft books, attended retreats, went to conferences, pitched to editors, and continued to write during every spare moment I could find. I can’t credit my determination or drive to anything, or anyone, other than God. When rejections and critiques come, He is my only source of strength and endurance. When I have a decision to make, or an obstacle to overcome, He never fails to give me the grace and fortitude I need to press forward.

As I celebrate the release of my debut published story, Four Brides and a Bachelor, and as I look forward to more stories in the future, I can see God’s guiding hand—and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He placed this desire in my heart, and He continues to amaze me with the plans He has in store.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. 

As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle has two novellas releasing with Barbour Publishers in 2015. She writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.  can be found at 

Here is how you can connect with Gabrielle:

Gabrielle's website 

You can also find Gabrielle on:
Amazon, and 
The Convenient Bride Collection:

Join nine brides of convenience on their adventures in a variety of times and settings gone by—from a ranch in California…to the rugged mountains of Colorado…to a steamship on the Mississippi…to the dangerous excitement of the Oregon Trail…into high society of New York City. No matter the time or place, the convenient brides proceed with what must be done, taking nuptials out of necessity. . .and never dreaming that God might take their feeble attempts to secure their futures and turn them into true love stories for His glory.

Gabrielle's  A Groom for Josette
In 1855, Josette LeBlanc has a shipping empire to inherit, but only if she can find a husband before her half-brother turns twenty-one in three weeks. With no real prospects in St. Louis, Josette answers an ad from Little Falls, Minnesota, promising a hundred eligible bachelors for every single lady. Josette never imagines her marriage of convenience will turn to love, but when it does, it causes a whole new set of problems…


The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection
Meet nine men from bygone days who have all the qualities of a true hero and who all the single ladies wish to court—though some are unassuming and overlooked until their worth is revealed. The socialite, the architect, the doctor, the masked vigilante, the missionary, the postmaster, archaeologist, the wealthy widower, and the heir can have their pick of brides, but which one will they choose?

Gabrielle's:  Four Brides and a Bachelor
In 1852, missionary Luke Longley travels a hundred and fifty miles downriver to convince a stranger to marry him, but when he arrives at the Belle Prairie Mission, he discovers there isn’t one single female missionary, there are four, and all are eager to become his bride. He only has one week to choose, but can he pick the right one before time runs out?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Thank you, Gabrielle, for joining us this weekend!

We love chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

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Wendy Newcomb said...

I love the 'collections' books and your story sounds like one I would enjoy. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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Patty said...

I think Janette Oke was my first intro to Christian fiction too... I love how historical fiction transports us to another time and place, and can be a great teacher of history too!

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Wendy. I'm so happy you stopped by this morning.
I must agree that Gabrielle's stories sound really enjoyable and can't wait to hear what you think after reading them.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

I love the collections, too, Wendy. Such a fun way to get a taste of each writer's voice and style. Thank you for stopping by today!

Gabrielle Meyer said...

I think many of us owe a great debt of gratitude to Janette Oke. Her books have inspired countless readers and writers. I'm happy to hear her books were your introduction to Christian fiction, too.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, yes, Patty. Janette Oke holds a tender place in many of our hearts.
I love traveling to a historical fiction story setting, too. I recently read a story that shared an illness that the people at the time didn't understand. The author had to be very careful to not reveal what we know today. I thought that was very interesting.
I hope you get to read Gabrielle's story soon.

Caryl Kane said...

Hey Mary and Gabe! Gabe, I am so glad your teacher suggested that you read more to improve your spelling. I am looking forward to reading TMEBC. Congratulations on it's release! :)

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Mary Vee Writer said...

Good morning, Caryl! So good to see you this morning.
I think we can all pinpoint a teacher who gave us just the right word to spur us on..whether a criticism in love or a cheer. I think of Mr. White from fifth grade. Who help you?
I think you're going to love this story!

Anonymous said...

I love reading historical fiction and I would love to read your story in the collection. I am sure your work with the historical society is fascinating!
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Anonymous said...

I love the fact that Gabrielle works at the Minnesota Historical Society. Wow ! What fun you must have discovering new things about the state and the area around you. This all makes for perfect information for your books. I love reading about different times in history so I do admit I envy your job. My favorite type of reading is historical and I would love to read your contributation to the collection. I have been wanting to read this collection since I first saw it out. Hopefully I'll be able to soon. Mary Vee thank you for having Gabrielle on today. It's been a pleasure visiting with you both !
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Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Mary! Welcome.
Wouldn't it be fun to work for a historical society for one summer? I think I might pick the copper mines in Michigan's upper peninsula, or maybe a some western gold town in the Rockies. Where would you like to go?
In the mean time, I think I'll join you in a read of Gabrielle's book.
I'm so glad you stopped by today.:)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Awww, Deanne, you're so sweet. I think I have the most fun chatting not only with the authors but also all of you.
I imagine Gabrielle has accumulated enough experiences for many books. All destined to be great reads. I can't wait to hear what you think of this wonderful book.
Good to chat with you today.:)

Bonnie Roof said...

I enjoyed reading about your writing journey, Gabrielle. Congrats on your debut novella, I'm looking forward to reading your novellas in both collections.

Laura Frantz's novels have made an impact on me, also. I live near Locust Grove, the home of George Rogers Clark and had the pleasure of touring the grounds with Laura last fall and viewing a battle re-enactment, market fair, and seminar on lady's clothing of that era. Such a fun day!!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! Looking forward to reading a book written by you also, Mary!!


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Trixi said...

Really enjoyed your interview, Gabrielle! Working for the Historical Society would be a lot of fun! Of course for me, I'd have to brush up on my history!! My husband & I have visited many over the years, and it's fascinating what you can learn! Now, I love to read historical fiction for the facts hidden in an easy to follow format! No more memorizing dates and people....I wasn't very good at that :-)
The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection sounds like a wonderful book full of wonderful authors! I'd love to have a copy of this for myself, thank you for the opportunity!
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Trixi said...

I am also a follower of this blog :-)

Mary Vee Writer said...

How I've missed you, but so happy you are here this weekend!
I can see how you would have enjoyed touring the grounds of George Rogers Clark and seeing the battle re-enactment along with the market fair and seminar on lady's clothing from that era. Wow! Talk about a memorable moment! I can see the excitement in your comment as you remember that wonderful day. And to think, you went with Laura. She is an absolute delight, just like Gabrielle.
Thanks so much for stopping by and joining our chat today! Loved seeing you.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, I so agree with you Trixi. History in school was totally not my cup of tea (although my mother and now my husband AND kids love it. I'm outnumbered!!) But visiting places like where Gabrielle works can entice anyone to take another look at history and actually fall in love with seeing how other people lived.
So I have a question for you, Trixi. If you could go back in time, when would you pick?
Thanks again for joining us this weekend. Loved chatting with you.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Thank you for stopping by, Caryl! I'm happy she suggested it, too. :) I hope you enjoy The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. It's been so much fun writing it.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Thank you, Maryann! I loved working at the historical society. There's nothing quite like being immersed in so much history day in and day out. I never, ever tired of it. I'm so happy to meet you here!

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Deanne, it's so nice meeting you here! Thank you for stopping by and getting to know me a bit better. The historical society is an amazing place to work and learn. I don't work there any longer (now I stay home full time with my children and write), and I miss it very much. In a setting like that, it's fun to also meet all the people who visit. Everyone has a great story to tell.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Oh, Bonnie! That sounds like a perfectly lovely day. I would love to spend a day doing exactly what you've described. I'm a big fan of reenactments and historical seminars. Sounds like such fun. Thank you for stopping by today!

Gabrielle Meyer said...

I've always loved history, but I'm terrible when it comes to tests! I would much rather lose myself in a good historical fiction novel, any day, over sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher lecture. I love research and putting the story together, but I keep lots and lots of good notes so I get all the facts straight. :) Thank you for stopping by, Trixi! Good luck in the drawing.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a collection of stories that sounds interesting.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Thank you for stopping by, Ann. This is a fun collection of stories. Good luck in the drawing.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Ann,
I hope you had a nice Mother's Day celebrating with those you love. I'm so glad you had a chance to visit with us today to chat about Gabrielle's book. I think you will enjoy these stories.