Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, and how long have you been writing?
What do I do? Jump to the last question for the exhaustive (and exhausting) list. J I grew up in northern New Jersey, at a time when the county had more cows than people. Small town, big farm and horse show, safe place grow and learn, huge influence on my life—as was Wheaton College in my formative years. I was making up stories on the way out of my mother’s womb but didn’t start writing any of them down till much later. My mother’s comment on one of my first attempts, “Stick to music as a career.” Well, I didn’t. I persevered, published my first article in 1978 and my first novel in 1984. Five novels later, I’m still at it—if only my schedule allowed time for actual writing!
I’ve been married to a pastor/college professor/tree farmer/organist for nearly 60 years, and we have three wonderful children and eight grandchildren.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
Soon after I began to read, God grabbed me—through a story (of course). My life has been a continuous path of growing in love and obedience to God, with many influencers along the way.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Dynamo is my fifth novel and builds off a lifelong love of horses (note my farm-and-horse-show experience above).
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?
I want readers to see the sovereign God who shapes and molds his servants according to HIS purposes, not their own.
—A brief mention of my previous novel, The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David. This too has gotten smashing reviews (which see on Amazon) and bears an endorsement by Eugene Peterson, to whom I am eternally grateful. Other notable Old Testament scholars likewise endorsed it—Dr. Marv Wilson of Gordon College, and Dr. Walt Kaiser, former president of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I blog every other week and feature whatever has popped up in life or in my mind. I keep them short, with appropriate pics, and hopefully, get people to think a little more deeply. Check out http://www.eleanorgustafson.com/blog/
What are you reading right now?
Three books: Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson; Walking With God by Stephen A. Gammon; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
A small thing and probably not what you’re looking for, but it’s fresh in my mind.
Last Saturday, we celebrated our 50 years as tree farmers in Chester VT. Not Christmas trees, but 250 acres of just plain forest that we had worked hard on to produce high-quality timber. We’ve had a number of loggings, have made maple syrup, firewood, etc. I had been praying for good weather for the event, and the day was bracketed by splendid fall days, but Saturday—RAIN. Why, Lord? We sighed and expected that only family and forestry professionals would show up. Suddenly, though, people actually started coming! Sturdy folk, dressed for the weather, and we were able to do our three walks, drink hot cider, and share three-generational stories of our adventures over the years. God showed his loving care, even in adverse weather.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
2 Corinthians 12:9— [God said,] “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Another is 1 Samuel 7:12— Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. The NIV says, “Thus far the Lord has helped us,” but the King James hitherto sticks in my mind and has become a frequent reminder of God’s providence.
Where can we find you on the web?
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/eleanorgustafson
***Author video: http-//youtu.be/jdEvOFyA#4F1238 Good for a laugh, anyway.
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
Between writing, marketing, rising to the challenges of social networking, tree farming, church responsibilities, gardening, providing bed and board for a granddaughter who lives with us during her teaching months, minimal housekeeping, plus daily walks with my husband—TIRED is probably not an adequate word. I find great joy in our Lord, however, and that thread is woven through all of the above. May your life be as rich as mine!
Thanks so much for sharing with my readers. We love getting to know new to us authors. I pray God will continue to bless your writing journey.