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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eleanor Bertin author interview

 

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ABOUT THE COLLECTION

For His glory...  

The Mosaic Collection is an international community of women authors who use faith-based fiction to touch hearts with the good news that Christ's finished work on the cross has made us one family, and to nurture affection for the people God has placed within our circles of influence, so that the grace and glory of God may become visible and personal to everyone we meet.

...and our good

We are sisters, a beautiful mosaic united by the love of God through the blood of Christ. We have experienced the redemptive, restorative power of God's grace in our marriages and families, and we believe our God is able to heal, restore and redeem our brokenness. His love fills us with the courage to persevere, and to offer others a Christ-like compassion that is full of His wisdom and grace.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ELEANOR BERTIN



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In a fit of optimism at age eleven, Eleanor Bertin began her first novel by numbering a stack of 100 pages. Two of them got filled with words. Lifelines, her first completed novel, was published in 2016, followed by Pall of Silence in 2017, a memoir about her late son Paul.
She holds a college diploma in Communications and worked in agriculture journalism until the birth of her first child. The family eventually grew to include one daughter and six sons (the youngest with Down syndrome) whom she home-educated for 25 years.

Eleanor lives with her husband and youngest son, Timothy, amidst the ongoing renovation of a century home in central Alberta where she reads, writes, sweeps up construction rubble and blogs about a sometimes elusive contentment at jewelofcontentment.wordpress.com.

CONNECT WITH ELEANOR: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cornerstone message from the collection: 

Launch out into the far reaches of the universe. Delve deep into the intricate wonders of creation’s minutest particles. The farther humanity goes, the more awe I feel at the God whose power and genius spoke it all into existence. As a very young girl, I relished the delicious thrill of feeling tiny in the face of vast power, whether under a giant prairie sky, or failing in my count of the sparkling night stars. Like holding hands with a grizzly bear, God’s thundering bigness against my feeble smallness terrifies and quiets me.

That shivery awe fills the pages of the Bible, where God’s mighty power and fearsome holiness are vividly on display. There I read of a majestic King, both perfectly holy and utterly sovereign. That’s the terror part! He governs every detail of history, and every detail of my life. 
But layered within that message is the constant harmony line of God’s pure goodness and the astonishing message of His never-ending love in the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus in my place.

“And from my smitten heart with tears 
Two wonders I confess -- 
The wonders of His glorious love 
And my unworthiness.” 
(Elizabeth C. Clephane, Beneath the Cross of Jesus)

I’m flooded with joy knowing I belong to a trustworthy, loving God who forgives me and never leaves me!
 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

  1. What's a local-favorite activity to do during the summer in the area where you live?
    • Floating for miles down the Red Deer river on inner tubes or the more fancy inflatable party rafts is a favourite thing to do, and this year when our family comes from far and wide, I’m determined we’ll do it too!

      There’s a deep valley that cuts through the prairie out here, and each summer a steam train chugs along with costumed guides, and usually a staged hold-up by “armed” outlaws on horse-back.

      Another not-to-be-missed outing is dinner and a play at Rosebud Theatre about an hour and a half northeast of Calgary. Rosebud is a tiny, picturesque prairie town that has a school of theatre and it puts on high-class drama performances throughout the year. The buffet is marvellous as well!
  2. Do you have a scripture that really speaks to you around the latest book you wrote? Did that influence your writing at all?
    •  
      It’s almost always some big idea, some essential theme surrounding God’s truth and character that prompts me to write a novel. Just as music can bypass the mind to affect the emotions, I believe fiction is an effective and gentle way to influence a reader’s mind by the power of story.

      There are strong parallels to the biblical book of Ruth in Unbound, but more than anything, the theme is encapsulated in Titus 3:4,5: “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…” 
  3. If you could have any creature as a pet (real or fantasy) what would it be? Do any characters in your book have a pet or allergy to a type of animal?
    •  I love the adorable smushed-in faces of pugs, but I really don’t want an indoors dog. I’ve always thought it would be fun to keep alpacas. They are my character, Ruthie’s great love. (Google the sweet smug, smiling faces of alpacas and you’ll fall in love!) And they symbolize her longing to be a mother.
  4. How many books have you written? Which one is most dear to you and why?
    •  
      I’ve written three. My first novel, Lifelines, https://www.amazon.com/Lifelines-Novel-Eleanor-Bertin-ebook/dp/B01E46YEEI/
      and this second novel, Unbound.
      A third novel, Tethered, is about ¾ finished. The three novels are companion books with some overlap of setting and characters and a rope-imagery in common, but each stands alone.

      For me, writing fiction is almost entirely pure joy, an escape from daily life, much the way reading it is for readers. But I’d have to say the memoir is most dear to me. It’s the story of the death of our 18-year-old son, Paul, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home from an evening performance with his punk band in October 2012. It was painful to write it, yet the process of reliving that shock and the angst of the court case that followed, was therapeutic for me, and I hope, beneficial to other grieving parents. Interestingly, the grateful responses I’ve received have most often been from parents of prodigals.
  5. What is a go-to dish you take with you to social gatherings (picnic, dinner with friends, holiday, ect)?
    •  My mother is known for her pies, be they meat pies or fruit pies, and I’ve followed in her steps. Pie always goes over big, perhaps because it’s becoming a lost art. My specialty is tart-cherry pie made with locally grown sour cherries -- the varieties bred for our Canadian prairies are rich in colour and mighty in flavour punch! 
  6. One of your favorite lines you've written (character saying, quote, scene, ect)?
    •  
      (Jake is a manipulative, spiritually abusive villain who has a paralyzing effect on Ruthie’s mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruthie is trying to hurry him out of the house.)
      “I’ll get you your coat,” Ruthie said, struggling to keep her voice pleasant as she headed for the porch. She scanned the jackets hanging on the wall without seeing an unfamiliar one, then rummaged through them until she found Jake’s coat. Snatching it, she tugged, only to hear a fatal crack. The screws fastening the entire board with its hooks and garments ripped out of the wall, landing at her feet.
          Great! Just great! Why now? The jacket she still grasped in her hand lay beneath the tangled heap. She yanked it from underneath but froze at the sound of a sharp tearing. Ruthie tipped her head back in a silent groan. There was a long, L-shaped rend in the back of the jacket’s outer nylon where a screw had pierced the fabric. Guiltily, she finger-pieced the loose flap in place. Jake wouldn’t notice until he was long gone. When she finally returned to the kitchen, she found Mom cringing under Jake’s grip on her shoulder as he leaned toward her, whispering into her ear. Ruthie strode forward, thrusting the coat between them and breaking his grasp.
          “Here you go, Uncle Jake. It was good of you to come by. Have a safe trip home.”
          Jake threw her a glance of disdain before snatching the jacket. He fastened his attention back on Naomi. “I will look forward to hearing from you, sister. I have your best interests at heart. I aim to follow what the Good Book says, ‘But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith…” 
         Ruthie followed on his heels, edging him to the door and shutting it firmly behind him. Watching him stomp toward his truck, Ruthie felt a mischievous satisfaction at the tag of fabric on his rear fluttering ridiculously in the winter wind. May the wind always be at your back — freezing your buns off!


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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon eGift Card & an ebook prize pack*!

Winner will receive an ebook of:
  • Where She Belongs
  • Pieces of Granite
  • Lifelines
  • Christmas on a Mission
  • Vigilant
  • Other Side of the River
  • The Third Grace
  • Carolina Grace
  • The Benefit Package (a devotional)
  • Dance of Grace
  • When Love Calls
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