1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in
history, what event would you choose, and why?
The coronation of King David, roughly 1000 BC. Not only was this an enormous event in biblical history and the high point of the Israelite monarchy, but it was an especially satisfying moment, David having endured 10 long years of dodging the anger and madness of King Saul. Also, David was the kingly precursor of Jesus, who was often referred to as the son of David. I cared enough about this man to write The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David, an effort that took roughly 15 years. Excellent Amazon reviews on it.
2. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive
The Old Testament period of the Judges, a time when “every man did what was right in his own eyes;” Too close to what’s happening now.
3. If you could go back and time and do anything different in your
writing career or journey, what would you do and why?
I would not do much differently, except to undo some of the stupidities of early adulthood that you imply in your premise.
4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie,
or TV show on the subject?
Again, a novel I wrote—Wild Harvest—in which a modern girl meets a boy of 1796 over a stone wall in Vermont. The two have very differing moral and spiritual values, but those values intersect and cross each other, leading to a dramatic climax. The ending, however, was a bit challenging, but I learned from this particular stupidity to craft more satisfying endings. : )
5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different
or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or
God has been gracious to me, and I have no complaints about even tough things along the way. The ability to laugh and love has carried me through an extraordinary array of adventures. This fall (October 4), my husband and I are hosting a tree-farm tour on our land in Vermont to celebrate our 50 years as tree farmers (logging, improving the forest, making firewood, maple syrup, etc.). Y’all come! Wild Harvest grew out of our own experiences.
Ellie Gustafson has written the below books. Be sure to check out her website.
Middle Night (self-published and a little strong most readers)
Dynamo—excellent reviews on that one, too.
www.eleanorgustafson.com and hit blog. i try to keep my blogs short and punchy. Contact information is also on the website.
Let me know if you need more input.