Jason Gurley

By day, I'm a user experience designer; by evenings/weekends, I write novels from my home in Scappoose, Ore. My newest is Awake in the World, published February 2019 by Roaring Brook Press; my previous novel, Eleanor, was published by Crown in 2016 and has since been translated into German, Portuguese, and Turkish. I’m currently working on a new project.

Shelf Awareness feature & interview

This week, Shelf Awareness, a newsletter focused on books and the bookselling industry, ran a terrific feature on Eleanor, followed by an interview with me. The author of the feature, Jaclyn Fulwood, had some wonderful things to say about my novel:

"Ethereal prose and off-kilter fantasy worlds wait around every bend as Eleanor gets caught up in forces beyond her ken and control. Gurley flings genre boundaries to the wind and finds his own way through the intertwined threads of trauma, magic and love."


"Gurley's greatest strength is arguably his knack for writing his characters as people, not constructs. The reader never sees the writer's hand manipulating characters' actions to fit into the plot; rather, their reactions guide the storyline and feel completely organic. Teenage Eleanor's transition from a victim of paranormal circumstance to a champion brave enough to risk everything for her family must have taken Gurley considerable time and careful building, yet it reads as though undertaken effortlessly."

And this, my favorite:

"By turns adventurous and contemplative but always heartfelt, Gurley's first foray into major publishing will surely not be his last."

But don't take my word for it! Go read the whole thing at Shelf Awareness.

Eleanor in Turkish

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