Penelope McCowan – Insight

Rather than offer Penelope McCowan a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner, a story about how she became a Christian, or a story of heritage from her family’s past. Penelope offered a humorous story about how she met her husband. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

On Meeting Charlie…

There I sat, on the end of a row in an enthralling accounting lecture (is that an oxymoron?) wondering what in the world I was doing there, when the door opened and in sauntered the most interesting thing that Lecture Room 209 had coughed up in a long time.  In a room full of aspiring executive types, he wore jeans, riding boots and a football jersey (which really worked for me, being a country girl) and he chose the seat beside mine.  Our first conversation was hilarious – unfortunately too long to write about here – but I really enjoyed his sense of humour and sense of fun.

So love blossomed against a backdrop of debits and credits – or should I say in spite of – and day after day, on my morning run, the love of my life would meet me in the park with a single red rose.  Happily I never thought to ask where the red roses came from, as university students aren’t known for their healthy bank balances, but I now suspect that some poor gardener paid a high price for planting his rosebush near the front fence.  But I am so very glad he did as Charlie won my heart, and last month we celebrated seventeen years of marriage.

That God can build something so wonderful between two imperfect people is truly amazing… and not only that, I’m sure He has a great sense of humour too… I still scratch my head and wonder how an unmathematical, extroverted, dyed-in-the-wool romantic like me ever ended up in an accounting lecture in the first place.  Only God could do it!

Thanks Penny, for sharing this story with us. I reviewed Penny’s novel Heidi’s October last week. You can read it here, along with more information about Penelope McCowan.

Penelope McCowan – Heidi’s October

From the back cover:

For Heidi Jordan, young and lovely, life is neatly mapped out and right on target. Her university grades are high, her future in the medical field all but guaranteed and her only dark secret is well kept. Until the first of October, that is, when Heidi discovers that reckless choices can have desperate consequences, and pain and anguish cannot be outrun.

For Annaliese Miller and her handsome fiancé Ben, the party on the evening of October the first was just the beginning of their brand new life together. But by midnight, Annaliese is lying on the cold flagstones in a pool of blood, her devastated husband-to-be kneeling in horror beside her.

Will Heidi return and face those she has shattered? Can healing happen when relationships and dreams have been ripped apart? Or are some things just too big to forgive?

Amanda’s review:

A lot can happen in one month. In fact, one month can change the course of your life. That is what happens to Heidi Jordan in Penelope McCowan’s debut novel, Heidi’s October. Heidi’s life is on track and heading for success, when a series of bad decisions turns her world on its head. That happens at the beginning of October and she spends the rest of the month facing and dealing with the far-reaching consequences of those mistakes. Will anything ever be normal again?

This novel deals with forgiveness on a deep level. The Christian message is very much at the forefront of the story and it is clear all of the main characters have to find a way to forgive to move forward in life. Heidi’s October demonstrates how forgiveness can work and bring healing in people’s lives.

I loved Penelope’s writing style and the book kept me turning the pages, wondering how Heidi was going to sort through everything. There was also a touch of romance in there – her love interest is a great character. Heidi’s October will appeal to young adult readers who enjoy a Christian novel with drama and romance.

About the author:

Penelope McCowen is a Christian author and speaker with a deep desire to see lives transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.  She also…

  • Lives on a sheep and cattle property in the New England region of New South Wales
  • Is eternally grateful that Jesus pursued her until He caught her
  • Adores her husband and children
  • Wonders why we need to have winter
  • Did Registered Nursing and a Bachelor of Commerce before she stopped trying to be sensible and instead followed her dream of writing fiction
  • Thinks life on the land is beyond wonderful
  • Loves dark chocolate
  • Grew up on the plains of north-western New South Wales
  • Has too many pairs of shoes
  • Is writing Novel  #2 – The Boatshed
  • Likes her standard schnauzer when it’s not eating the children’s pet duck
  • Loves tennis
  • Is deeply moved by the power of well-used words
  • Is singularly unmoved by the game of golf and has absolutely no talent for it
  • Loves bright colours
  • Lives in a home without television
  • Once learned to fly aeroplanes
  • Has, on occasion, sung in tune
  • Loves running on the beach
  • Loves the beach even more than running on it
  • Is very grateful to Amanda for this interview!

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