I am always delighted to spend time with Gabrielle Meyer, whether it’s in person at CFRR or online for a blog chat!
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four 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, places, and events. She loves connecting with readers on Facebook, Instagram, and her website, www.gabriellemeyer.com.
Her newest book, Inherited: Unexpected Family, released August 1st.
An Unexpected Partnership
After arriving in Minnesota Territory with her sisters to claim their late father’s hotel, Elizabeth Bell is shocked to learn her inheritance comes with a handsome co-owner. After too long working for a domineering boss, Elizabeth yearns to be in control—of the hotel and her life. But Jude Allen won’t sell his share, and Elizabeth refuses to leave.
Rescuing soiled doves and giving them hotel jobs is Jude’s way of redeeming his past. He’s counting on rough frontier life driving his new business partner away before she learns the scandalous truth and demands he stop his mission. But he may have underestimated Elizabeth…and the power of love to turn a complication into a bright new beginning.
Hi Gabrielle! Welcome back to the blog! Let’s start with a fast four:
Gabrielle: Anything with chocolate and peanut butter.
Carrie: amen & amen
Gabrielle: Lily of the Valley.
Carrie: that makes me want to sing a song …. ‘He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright & Morning Star. He’s the Fairest of Ten Thousand to my soul….” <ahem> sorry. to the next topic!
Gabrielle: Fourth of July
Carrie: oh fun!
Gabrielle: Amazing Grace, by Chris Tomlin
Carrie: one of my absolute faves too!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Gabrielle: Betsy Ray from the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace. Maud grew up in Mankato, Minnesota around the turn of the Twentieth Century and later she wrote thirteen books about her life, from age five to her wedding. It’s similar to Little House on the Prairie, but set in a slightly later time period in a charming community on the banks of the Minnesota River. This series shaped my life in many ways and had a profound effect on my writing. I’ve read the series to my daughters and we visited Mankato a couple summers ago. Each time I read the books, I love them more and more.
Carrie: This is one of the top answers I get for this question, right next to Black Beauty. I really must read these books sometime soon!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Gabrielle: It would tell you a couple things. First, I hate carrying a purse around and only started when I had my children. I’ve found the bigger the purse, the more junk I tote from place to place, and since I have four children, it’s pretty big! They are constantly shoving things in there like empty wrappers, rocks, sticks, broken toys, and used Kleenexes. My purse usually looks more like a garbage can than a purse! Second, it would tell you I’m not very organized or prepared. I’m constantly digging around in there to find my sunglasses, Chapstick, and wallet, which are never in the same compartment, and sometimes not even in my purse! When I need a pen or nail clippers, I usually have to ask my eleven-year-old daughter, who is always prepared and organized.
Carrie: haha! i love it!
Q: In your new book, Inherited: An Unexpected Family, Elizabeth Bell gets an at-first-unwelcome surprise when she claims her inheritance. What is something you’ve inherited (either physically or emotionally/spiritually) that you’ve come to treasure?
Gabrielle: Without a doubt, I inherited my mother’s love and passion for my community. I grew up watching her pour her heart and soul into the town we live in, first as the travel and tourism director, and then as our mayor. It left a major impact on me and taught me the importance of servant leadership, volunteerism, community pride, and dedication. It’s an honor to write stories inspired by the people, places, and events that shaped my hometown and share those stories with my readers.
Carrie: what a great legacy!
Q: Around here, I like to say that reading is my superpower. You’ve already told us your superpower, but what about your kids? Which superpowers would they have?
Gabrielle: Oh! I’m so happy you asked. My oldest, Ellis, is thirteen, and she’s phenomenally talented in the creative arts. Whether it’s singing, acting, taking pictures, or writing, she blows me away with her abilities. Maryn is eleven and she is my organizational extraordinaire (see comment about my purse)! When we take a trip, I’m never worried I’ll forget something, because if I do, I know Maryn will have remembered. She bounces with glee when she organizes her closet. Judah is one of my seven-year-old twins and his superpower is athletics! He has never tried a sport that he isn’t good at. It’s a blast to watch him participate. Not only is he good, he glows when he plays and it makes my heart so happy. Asher is my other twin and his superpower is his intelligence and persistence. He’s extremely smart and relentless once he sets his mind on something. Even if it’s never been done before, if Asher is determined it can be done, he’ll find a way. I can see him being an inventor, engineer, or scientist one day. His dream right now is to build the largest barge on the Great Lakes.
Carrie: I love this answer so much! How fun! What fantastic kids you have – and they are so blessed to have you as a mom 🙂
Q: This book is part of your Little Falls Legacy series, set in the Minnesota Territory. How have you researched this series? Is there something specific that stands out to you from what you’ve learned?
Gabrielle: I worked for the Minnesota Historical Society for ten years, and the local Morrison County Historical Society for two years, prior to staying home with my children. I also studied Minnesota history in college and have gone to countless museums and historic sites across the state. I’m also an avid collector of Minnesota history books and have dozens in my collection that I’ve read and studied. Along with all that, I’ve devoured newspapers, journals, and letters from people who lived in Minnesota during the territorial period. The thing that stands out to me in all my studies is the dedication, persistence, and hope the early pioneers exhibited. They were people of great faith in God, themselves, and the American dream. My desire has always been to share their stories so their hard work and sacrifices can be recognized and honored.
Carrie: You know… I called the Minnesota Historical Society once several years ago- to find out some info on my husband’s 2nd-great grandfather whose family settled there after immigrating from Germany. Maybe I talked to you! Wouldn’t that be a small world! haha!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your book?
Gabrielle: God doesn’t make mistakes. Sometimes we feel like things have gone terribly wrong and we’re faced with situations that look impossible to overcome. It’s important to remember that God isn’t surprised and, if we’ll let Him, He’ll use those times to demonstrate His power and faithfulness. I’m in the midst of one of those times right now with the closing of the Love Inspired Historical line. God used this book to remind me of that very lesson.
Carrie: Yes. Amen to that. I’m in one of those seasons myself, and I have said many times already ‘ God was not surprised by this’. Now to remember to watch Him demonstrate His power and faithfulness! Such a great reminder, thank you. ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Gabrielle: In December, the third and final book in the Little Falls Legacy series will release with Love Inspired Historical. It’s called The Gift of Twins, and for those who have read the other two books, they’ll be happy to know that Ben finally gets his happily-ever-after! It was a fun story to write, because I used my twin boys as inspiration for the twins who get left on Ben’s doorstep at the beginning of the story.
Carrie: Oh yay! Definitely something to look forward to 🙂
Gabrielle Meyer is offering a copy of Inherited: Unexpected Family to one of my readers (US only). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What is something YOU have inherited (either physically or emotionally/spiritually) that you’ve come to treasure?