Gussie Mae Parker was born in 1943 in Provencal, Louisiana, located in Natchitoches Parrish, in the deep South. In 1963 after graduating from high school, she moved to Oklahoma City. There she raised a family and had a career with Oklahoma City Public Schools.She currently resides in Oklahoma City with her husband and attends Crossroads Cathedral church. She is retired and enjoys remodeling homes and jewelry making. This is her first Memoir, and she is currently working on another book project.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the State of Louisiana. I was born poor and shy to second and third grade parents. Racism was so thick it seemed you could cut it with a knife. Thanks to God I had christian parents who guided me to always "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
My upbringing had a big part to play in my writings. I was tormented and injured from my childhood years by so much bad treatment. I just put it all in the back of my mind. Through the years this upbringing played over and over in my mind. Finally the Holy Spirit appeared to me over and over again that I needed to tell. I was slow to act on his leading.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am challenging people to join me in helping to stomp out hatred, bigotry and injustice against all people. Together we can make a difference from where we are: Right here, Right now.
From Lo-debar to Grace is the journey of a Southern country black girl from the deep Southern hills of Louisiana to a beautiful life filled with hope and love. Today, because of God’s grace, I have overcome the bigotry and hate that touched the early years of my life. Through the struggles and pain I encountered I have been able to rise above my challenges through God’s grace.