…that is what it’s taken for author Louise Lenahan Wallace to complete each of the five successful books she’s written. A young mother with two preschool-aged daughters when she began work on her first novel, The Longing of the Day, Louise brought both discipline and creativity to the task.
It was a 20-year to 25-year process, but her first book – a tale of romance and adventure set in the hills and high plains of Wyoming in the late 1880’s – was published by Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications, Inc., in 2000. Death, danger and pain play roles in the lives of Wallace’s characters – a family of Wyoming Territory cattle ranchers – but they get through it with an even mixture of faith and family.
“I never dreamed I could do writing ‘for real.’ It was a source of comfort in times of stress and chaos, even when my characters were ornery and, refusing to do what I told them, went their own ways into situations I would never have willingly led them. I told them so, but they wouldn’t listen.” – Louise Lenahan Wallace
Day Star Rising, a romantic saga of the healing power of love in the face of slander and suspicion, came along a bit faster. Also published by Ogden, Wallace’s second book, as with Longing, includes incidents that actually happened to Louise’s 19th century ancestors. Lives of some characters from the first book continue into this popular sequel.
Wallace’s third novel, Days of Eternity, was re-published by All Things That Matter Press in July 2016 with the new title Length of Days. The story opens as the Civil War erupts, shattering the lives and dreams of Zane, as he joins the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and Larissa, who is left to tend the farm and their children, ten-year-old Mac and five-year-old Rose.
The fourth novel, Day Unto Day, continues the story of the Edwards and Michaels families. After the Civil War ends, they expect to live quietly, farming the land as in all the years before the war began. Fate, however, has other plans. Twelve-year-old Rose Edwards survives a deadly illness, but with tragic consequences that ripple far beyond their farm and village. When someone from Larissa’s earlier life reappears, roots stretching deep into the past yield heartbreak that threatens to destroy their hard-won peace. Day Unto Day was published in 2010 by All Things That Matter Press in Somerville, Maine.
Children of the Day, her fifth novel was published by All Things That Matter Press in March 2015. In Children, the threads binding the first four books strengthen. After Mac gives his love to Amity Terrill, Charity forces her heart to admit that he is finally and forever lost to her. She journeys to Wyoming Territory to teach Ben and Anne Claytons’ children in the newly formed Clark’s Valley School. Will the distance in miles and in ways of daily living between farming Ohio and cattle ranching Wyoming Territory be far enough for her to begin life anew?