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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Meet the Hero

Wagons Ho!

Today we have Garrett Cowlishaw as our guest. He is the a friend of Rutherford Wainwright and is in St. Charles to recruit a band of people to travel west to the frontier. 

1.      How would you describe yourself? 
As a disappointment. At least I was to my father, my brother, and  Corliss Huffington back in Virginia.
2.      What is your profession (career, job)? Describe a little about what you do.
Been a hired hand on two excursions west. Then served as a Confederate soldier in the War Between the States, although that assumption has been debated. Now I'm in St. Charles, Missouri, to serve as Captain to The Boone's Lick Wagon Train Company. 

3.      What is the most interesting thing about you?
I limp. I suppose the reason why might be the thing most folks find interesting (or at least confusing).

4.      What do you put off because you dread doing it or don’t want to do it?
Telling the truth about my past.
5.      What is your most important goal in life or what do you hope to accomplish?
Enjoy a fresh start. Is that even possible? 
6.      What causes you the most fear? 
My feelings for Caroline Milburn, or should I say Mrs. Phillip Milburn. Unless she's widowed. Still, my jumbled feelings for the perplexing woman will do neither of us any good. 
7. What thing(s) are most important to you?  The truth. Loyalty. Discovery.
8.      What do you want others to see in you?   A man of solid character--a man worth trusting . . . worth loving.
9.      What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I'm not good at finding or appropriating spare time. I suppose a woman's company might help me resolve that.
10.  What gives you the most pleasure in life? Seeing Caroline Milburn smile, a rarity in my company.

Thank you, Garrett. We all look forward to reading more about you in Ripples Along the Shore, story number three in The Quilted Heart.
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in her Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books.
Mona’s writing credits also include several hundred articles, poems and short stories, which have appeared in 50 different publications. Mona is a speaker for women’s groups, Christian women’s retreats, book clubs and reading groups, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians.

Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels for adults and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in her Hearts Seeking Home Series. Her children’s books include bestseller, Bedtime in the Southwest, six desert and princess Zonderkidz I Can Read books, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, and her six I Wonder books.
Leave a comment and answer the question: Would you have been one of the adventurous ones to head West to unknown territory? Why or why not? Be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you.
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22 comments:

Mona Hodgson said...

Hi, Martha. What fun to connect with your followers here! And I enjoyed "helping" Garrett with the interview. Lovely post! Thank you!

Cynthia said...

I would definitely been one of those who headed West! When my older children were teens and younger (I have 8 children), I packed them up and we moved to Mexico. We didn't even speak Spanish!!

Jackie McNutt said...

Yes! I think women had more opportunities to live their lives with less restrictions placed on them than if they staid in the Eastern cities. The West held more promise for people looking for open spaces and even through the hardships they forged strong communities. This would have suited me just fine.
mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelly said...

I think I would have been an adventurous one. I love to travel and see different places. I had not done it on my own until I was 25 and took a weeks vacation for my birthday. I did what I wanted when I wanted. It was a blast! I also moved away from home later that year to a city that was huge. I grew up in a town of 2000 people and moved to a city of over 2 million. Culture shock. I eventually moved back, but it was an interesting 9 year experience. Congratulations on your new release Mona!

Elizabeth Dent said...

I enjoyed the interview Garrett and Mona. I don't think i would have been to good back then . I may have had to go if I did i would always do my best. I do love to travel and see different places. I have always lived n the city. Thanks for the interview and thanks Mona for your new release.
lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

karenk said...

no, I don't think that I'm that adventurous...but I do love reading about ladies & their adventures :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello Martha. Enjoyed the interview with Garrett. I'm wanting to find out where and how he got his liml too. I noticed the hardest thing thing for him was telling of his past but he like truth, and trustworthy ness . I would like to think I could have made that journey. But, leaving family and maybe never seeing them would have been a decision that I don't know if I could have done. I would love to win this book.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...


I would like to think I would have been a strong enough woman to have made this trip. Would have been a lot to consider tho. Maxie
mac262(at)me(dot)com

Melanie Backus said...

I know I would have followed my husband out West if he had thought that was best for us. If it was just me, that might have been a different story.

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Mona Hodgson said...

Hi Friends! Thanks so much for joining us here. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Garrett, and I appreciate your interest in The Quilted Heart. I've enjoyed reading your comments. Blessings! Mona

Mona Hodgson said...

Hi Friends! Thanks so much for joining us here. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting Garrett, and I appreciate your interest in The Quilted Heart. I've enjoyed reading your comments. Blessings! Mona

Linda Marie Finn said...

So loved this ! I am so excited to always learn more about Mona and the Characters in her books. Diving into reading prarie song..
Linda Finn
faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com

Mona Hodgson said...

So good to see you all here. Thanks for your interest in The Quilted Heart! And, Martha, thanks so much for the opportunity to visit here. Blessings! Mona

Diana montgomery said...

I do love adventure, I would think I would. I like seeing new places and meeting people. Now back in that time it would be a lot more rugged. I guess if i lived back then I wouldn't have the modern things to make life easier so it would of been exciting. Never know if you were single you might me the love of your life on those rugged roads.
Blessings
Diana
joeym11@frontier.com

Katrina Epperson said...

Loved this. It's interesting getting to know the character in a book this way. I am really looking forward to reading more about Garrett.
Katrina
eppersonkatrinaatyahoodotcom

Katrina Epperson said...

I really like this. A great introduction to the characters and makes you ask what happened in the past and what's in store for the future. I am looking forward to reading this book.
Thank you for sharing.

Lcenlow said...

I absolutely would have jumped on the bandwagon and headed west. Adventure is what I love the most and determination is what would have gotten me there. I guess thats what I love about your books. Thanks for the wonderful interview.
Lcenlow@sit-co.net

Martha W. Rogers said...

Wow, we do have some adventurous people. Thanks for stopping by. I'd like to think I'd be one of those who jumped at the chance for new adventures in new places.

treasurygirl said...

I would like to think I would have been one to go West, but would definitely have had to be with all my family. It would have been thrilling to be one of the first though.
Thanks for the wonderful interview and this opportunity!
Blessings to you!

Mona Hodgson said...

Thank you all for joining us here! So glad you enjoyed meeting Garrett. And I really appreciate your interest in The Quilted Heart.

Martha, many thanks for the opportunity to visit with you all here. Blessings to all! Mona

Martha W. Rogers said...
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Martha W. Rogers said...

Congratulations to Shirley Blanchard. She is the winner of Mona's book.