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Eleanor Gustafson novel


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DYNAMO by Eleanor Gustafson

I began thinking up stories when I was five or six, but after reading early written attempts, friends and even my mother told me straight-out to stick to music as a career. I pushed manfully along, however, and began publishing both fiction and nonfiction in 1978. Dynamo is my fifth novel and builds off my lifelong love of horses. My previous title with Whitaker House is The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David.

Welcome, Eleanor. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My answer has to be David, the subject of my Stones novel. I worked approximately 15 years, researching, writing, and finding a market for the book, and I’ll want to ask David how close I came to getting it right. I want to meet Abigail, his third wife, as well. Will Joab, David’s ruthless commander-in-chief, be there? Dunno. Asaph the book’s narrator, most certainly. Eugene Peterson and other notables endorsed this book, and Amazon has posted smashing reviews.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
While out walking one day, I asked my husband which of our many trips meant the most to him? He couldn’t answer, but the question got me thinking. I couldn’t decide between a month-long house exchange with a pastor in Scotland or Jim’s teaching sabbatical in the Oxford-Cambridge area of England. Aside from splendid tourist explorations, both of these had deep, spiritual aspects through people who influenced us profoundly—sitting around dinner tables, chewing on spiritual meat and marrow, praying together, loving and being loved.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Thinker, doer, encourager.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I used to have a long list: knitting, crocheting, puzzles, playing recorders (a musical instrument), solitaire, reading, singing, walking, bird watching, photography, gardening. But now, for lack of time and energy, it’s down to reading, Sudoku, walking—with the odd bird thing and photography thrown in. I still garden and sing, but they’re not exactly relaxing. Actually, self-editing is FUN for me. I almost feel as though I am avoiding other important chores when I indulge.

What do you enjoy most about writing?

See the above on self-editing. Creative writing is hard to formulate into words, but once that part is set, then comes the fun of tightening, making every line zing, and polishing endlessly. I love watching the rough stuff become a real book.

What can your readers expect from you next?
Here’s my elevator pitch for An Unpresentable Glory:
Kileenda Jensen's orderly world turns upside down when she finds an unconscious man in her award-winning garden. Against all reason, she takes the stranger into her home and sets off a series of life-altering events.

What can readers who enjoy your books do to help make them successful?
Read my two current books—Stones and Dynamo.
--Oo and Ah appropriately.
--Write reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, and CBD.
--Tell your friends to do the same.
--Send me a response—especially about what you might not have liked. I listen to readers and want to learn from them. Sometimes I can straighten out misunderstandings.
--And spread the word through whatever means you have available!

Please tell us a little about your novel, Dynamo.
Dynamo is complex. One layer is horses and the high-stakes

world of horse shows and stable intrigue; another layer is the good, bad, and ugly of human relationships; but the bedrock layer is the sovereign God who interacts with Jeth in unusual and unpredictable ways.

Back Cover:
Jeth Cavanaugh is searching for a new life along one of Pennsylvania's mountain ridges when he stumbles upon a stable of show jumpers owned by Rob and Katie Chilton. Throw in a volatile gaited stallion named Dynamo, and Jeth will do anything to work there. He earns his living by training and showing Rob's jumpers, but Dynamo is his primary passion.

Everything changes when God enters his life—in the unconventional form of a hard slap by an old girlfriend—and ignites a new, greater passion within him. But along with fervor comes fear at the undeniable evidence of God's hand on his life. Inexplicable events, both good and bad, make him moan plaintively, "Why does God do this to me? I get the feeling I'm being set up for something."

He is, indeed. Jeth's life is anything but predictable, much like the God he serves. The real Dynamo and his ultimate trainer emerge out of an excruciating mix of disaster and brokenness, which are never beyond the reach of redemption.
This story is God in your face: Who is He, really? What does He ask of us?

Where can readers find you online?
My website and blog
Amazon author page


Where can readers purchase Dynamo?
Barnes and Noble
Any Christian bookstore

Any parting comment?
I write Christian fiction, not strictly to entertain, but to encourage readers to take God seriously and live out their faith, rather than simply going through the motions of a typical Christian life. I aim for page-turners that will engage readers with the power of story BECAUSE I want them to drink in my passion for God and find help and joy through him.

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What do you read? Why do you read? How does reading impact your life?

Eleanor, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters to this post will be randomly selected to win a paperback or eBook copy of Dynamo, which you have offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Out of the Ashes by Sandi Rog Sonnetta. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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