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Eleanor K Gustafson

Ellie Gustafson writes pretty good books these days. She’s been working at it long enough to learn a few things. It all started in 1978 with her first published article, “I Saw a Thing Today,” about a couple of weasels she met on a stone wall in Vermont. A bunch of short stories and other articles followed, and then came Appalachian Spring. BIG learning curve. The editor slashed characters, whole chapters, and made a lot of red marks everywhere. Had to rewrite the entire book—on a brand-new Apple IIe computer she had no idea how to operate. The novel was well received, however, which led to more novels and more painful learning experiences.

In many of her stories, Ellie explores the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God's overarching work of redemption. Having graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois—where she met her husband while teaching horsemanship (funny story there)—she has since been actively involved in church life as a minister's wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. A host of other experiences, from mouse wars to house building, help bring color and humor to her fiction. She does like to laugh a lot.

She and her husband live in Massachusetts, where he teaches online college courses in philosophy. They travel a fair amount, spend time with three children and eight grandchildren, and enjoy camping at the family forest in Chester, Vermont.

A Note From Eleanor K Gustafson

I try to write Truth, make Truth come alive and real. One might think that odd, coming from a fiction writer. Good fiction, though, is well put together, looks deeply into life, and serves as a vehicle for Truth. I love writing Truth into my novels, and I do it through powerful drama and strong characters. The people of fiction have to be real and true to life, and that always includes bad behavior and bad choices, as well as good. What comes of characters’ choices is what builds the story.

My writing explores the cosmic struggle between good and evil in light of God’s overarching work of redemption. As Pascal’s famous wager put him on God’s side, so my long-range view of life and death is fixed on the reality of a heavenly realm and a God who loved us enough to lay down a path of forgiveness and mercy.

Truth is an excellent platform for living and for writing.

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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 w...
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A Peek Into the Life of Eleanor K Gustafson

Latest novel

Latest novel
Mrs. Tree Farmer

Mrs. Tree Farmer
Love on the rocks

Love on the rocks
First novel

First novel

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