"As always, Gould gives readers wonderful insights into the Amish community and traditions, and her books always have important life lessons in them."—RT Book Reviews
"Gould is a fabulous writer..."—Library Journal
Thank you for stopping by to read more about my books and writing journey!Some of my strongest memories from childhood include stories—and how those stories connected me to my family and friends. As a child, I remember my father readingA Street of Flower Boxes to us before bed and my mother reading A Tree Grows in Brooklynon long car trips. My siblings, neighbor kids, and I—after hearing the story ofIsland of the Blue Dolphin—acted it out for years. I also soaked up stories of hope, grace, and redemption in the small-town churches we attended. My love of writing began as a four-year-old when I wrote my very first word—S-K-Y. Seriously, it was a life-changing moment for me that I still vividly remember!
Even though I knew I wanted to write fiction by the time I was in the sixth grade, as I grew older I pursued other things, such as majoring in history and communications, working as a museum curator, then as a public relations specialist, and finally as a magazine editor. Once I finally started writing fiction, it was another ten years until I sold my first novel.
Over thirty novels later, half of my stories are about the Amish, but I've also written stories set in France, Vietnam, and the U.S.—both historical and contemporary. No matter what I write, I aim to reveal truths about God’s love, beauty, and redemptive work in our lives. lives. My goal is to connect more deeply to God, family, friends, and readers readers through my writing, writing, and my hope is that my stories encourage others to their own connections too.
I've been married to the love-of-my-life for thirty-five years. We have four adult children, live in Portland, Oregon, and enjoy research trips, hiking in the Cascades, and hanging out with family and friends!