Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ellie Gustafson's Clash

COTT guest post by Jennifer Slattery.

Eleanor Gustafson has been writing fiction and non-fiction for over three decades. Her goal is to bring Scriptural principles to life for Today’s readers through strong characters and dialogue. Her recent novel, The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David, competed in Clash of the Titles’ Best Weather Scene category, plunging the reader into the biblical era through intense and vivid descriptions.

It is a wedding, a celebration, held beneath a roiling, sulfurous sky, ready to combust, licked by flames of silent lightning. In the following excerpt, taken in bits and pieces, Eleanor uses rich visuals to intensify the mood:

The day of the wedding was dark-hued from the start. Seth had muttered endlessly during the betrothal about losing Marana to Daniel, but in the end he not only provided a suitable house for a king’s son-in-law, but a sumptuous feast, as well... Under a yellow, roiling sky, a dozen children wove ropes of flowers in and out of the bridal procession…As Daniel waited for his bride, the air of his courtyard seemed about to combust under a restless circle of dry, silent lightning. Dressed in the splendor of youth and privilege, he drew on the flame-licked sky to infuse the approaching assemblage with the force of his being…The last golden note of Daniel’s first wedding drifted off . . . but the sky remained sulfurous.

As you can see, Eleanor excels in clever word choices. Nothing she writes comes by accident, each strong verb, clear and telling noun and sparsely sprinkled adjective are carefully selected to elicit the precise effect, emotion or image.

The Stones is hot-blooded drama —a biblical novel that takes in the sweep of King David’s life from his encounter with Goliath to the devastating consequences of counting his fighting men. He is a man of titanic proportions, at once commanding, poetic, earthy, in touch with God.

Fictional in scope, yet with intentional scriptural accuracy, The Stones provides a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse into biblical history with all the twists, turns, thrills, and romance of one of the world’s greatest dramas.

In the story, stones themselves serve as a metaphor that fits well with the contours of David’s life: stones of learning, of victory, of stumbling, of humbling, of hardship, of grief, of sacrifice.

The Stones is an epic adventure of man’s innate need to worship God and to rely on him for strength—and how badly things can go when he fails to do so.

Visit to find out more about Eleanor and her writing, then hop on over to Clash of the Titles to join the fun!

COTT guest post by Jennifer Slattery.

You can find Eleanor's Book Loft interview here. Her book giveaway was scheduled to close, but since she's here today with Clash of the Titles I'm leaving it open through Sunday, February 20th. So, to be entered in the drawing for The Stones, leave a comment. =]


windycindy said...

I have always wanted to be taken back to the time of Jesus. It would
be interesting to see how I
would have reacted to Jesus and
his teachings!
Many thanks, Cindi

Evangeline Han said...

Hello, I would love to be entered. Books with rich descriptions are always enjoyable to read.


Meredith said...

I'd love to read this! A fictional view of the times then would be interesting!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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