Today’s Guest is April McGowan author of Jasmine, Macy, Hold the Light and Shine the Light.  

We walk about living with a Chronic Illness and how that informs her writing  along with the various themes found in her books including mental illness, adoption and foster care, and homelessness.  



About April

April McGowan loves to read and write inspirational fiction. She and her husband, two children, and her ‘mews’ (three cats!), live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, the Christian Author’s Network, and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, homeschooling her son, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she’s on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

Books by April
Interesting things from the Interview

April’s Blog Posts:

Why I Write About Hard Things

If you want to learn more about chronic illnesses:  
(A Note from April: There’s so many different chronic illnesses out there, but this is the group I’m most familiar with. Primary Immune Disease (where you don’t have a sufficient immune system to protect your body with), which is very different from autoimmune (where it attacks your body). Both are devastating in their own way. )

Oregon Fostor Care and Adpotion Info: and 

The feature in The Christian Journal on April and Shine the Light: (page 12) 

A sneak peak at one of the neat things coming in her next book – Bird Songs!


Call To Action


In the interview April taked about the unique work that the Portland Rescue Mission does.  Please visit to get more information and to consider making a donation and if you’re in the Portland area considering reaching out to see how else you might be able to help.