Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from central Florida by way of Philadelphia, where this week, I’m teaching and serving at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. That puts me a
little closer in miles to the subject of today’s interview, Ellie Gustafson, who lives in New England. The wonders of the Internet allow us to become acquainted with those we’ve never met in person, and Ellie is one of those. I’m delighted to re-introduce her to you today in this encore CAN interview. She has plenty of wisdom and fresh insights for us, so let’s get started.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IMG_8052

Welcome back to the CAN blog, Ellie. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have five published novels. The ones still in print are The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David and Dynamo.

I checked out your website, and both books sound intriguing. Ellie, you were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

There’s far more to publishing books than just writing them. That’s the easy part. Then comes careful self-editing to get a good grade from the publisher. My big learning curve with Dynamo was point of view. Then, the whole marketing business. A lot to learn there, and I’m still a social and technology neophyte. Read More →