Gisèle L Grieves
Gisèle was born in a small ton in Northern Ontario but now resides in the southern most part of the province. She has been married for over 16 years and has 4 wonderful children. Gisèle has had many careers over the years, ranging from truck driving and selling insurance, to working in schools and cattle ranching. No job has ever mattered more to her than being a mom. Gisèle started writing as something to do, once her kids were in bed. Having a vivid imagination, this also gave her a way to get those thoughts on paper. What started off as a guilty pleasure, has turned into something much bigger. She is excited to share her novels with you.
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What inspired you to write this book?
Let’s start with Willow’s Ridge… When I originally started writing Willow’s Ridge, I honestly had no clue where I was going with the story. I was writing about some of my fantasies and some of my dreams. Partway through I went through a phase where I was terrified something bad would happen to one of my children, so I included that in my book as well. So, to put it plainly, I would say I was inspired by my dreams and children.
For Country Hearts… So much was happening in my life at the time. We had moved back out into the country, where I thrive best, and had also started a small cattle ranch. Life was giving us many ups and downs, and I found writing helped me cope with what was being thrown at me. Country Hearts was very much inspired by my life. I took some of my most cherished moments and put them on paper to make a novel. I drew my inspiration from my environment.
Why did you decide to publish?
I’ll be very honest for a moment; I never wrote with the intention of publishing. I was writing for myself, as a distraction from everyday life. I had no aspiration for others to read my books, till several years after they were written. My sister-in-law, who is an avid reader and myself were going through books like crazy at one point. As soon as we finished reading one book, we’d start another. Finally, one day I got up the courage to ask her to read my book. I was curious to know if it was any good. Her comments to me encouraged me to reach out to more friends to get feedback. After years of working on these books and being told they were good, I finally started looking into publishing. At the start of the pandemic, my husband suggested I do it. Jump in with both feet and get my books out there. So here we are.
What do you hope your readers will get from reading your books?
Well, that is a loaded question. I am honestly about emotion. I judge a book based on how it made me feel, react, and imagine. If a book can make me cry or laugh out loud, then I can almost guarantee you that I will suggest it to my friends. My biggest hope with my books is that I can make my readers laugh out loud or cry. I want them to feel a plethora of emotions. I want them to be able to finish the book having felt what my characters felt. If I can achieve that, I will feel I have accomplish what I set out to do.
Tell me something not in the synopsis.
Oh boy, well for one thing, the synopsis was the hardest part for me to write. I wanted to write so much more but feared giving away the story. For Willow’s Ridge, something not in the synopsis is that I wrote this book intending on making my readers cry. In fact, every time I reread it myself, I cry. I will tell you, editing this book was a nightmare for my tissue supply.
For Country Hearts, something not in the synopsis is that life as a mom is a constant up and down, run here, run there, wash this, clean that. No one and nothing can prepare us for motherhood. Life throws us curveballs that seem impossible to deal with, but we always manage to pull through.
How have your personal experiences influenced your writing?
I think for most writers, we draw our inspirations from our own experiences or the experiences of others. You can’t write about something you have no idea about. Being a wife and mom especially influenced my writing. I write about motherhood and being a wife quite a bit. Not to say that my books are based on my life, because they are not. They are works of fiction, I do draw some of the characteristics for my characters from people I have met at some point in my life.