The Coffee Corner Meets Jennifer Slattery (Giveaway)
A Touch of Relaxation
Jennifer and welcome to the Coffee Corner. I hope you like coffee. If not, don’t
worry, we have all kinds of things to choose from. Pull up a chair and
Renee: Now, I
know we’re writers…shhh! Don’t tell anyone…but I dream up the weirdest scenarios
in my head. And this is one: What if you were dropped on a deserted island
without a piece of paper, pen or computer, what would you do?
completely insane??? Would I have my Kindle? Access to books? I suspect if the
answer to all those questions is no, I'd go exploring.
Yes, you’re right. No access to anything especially electronics. And exploring’s
an option! I’m not much of a homemaker (ask my husband) but I could search for
a good place to take a bath. But I’m not a cook…or much of a maid. Come to
think of it, or even an athlete. I’d better stop while I’m ahead, huh? Hey, but
I can play the guitar. What would you say your best and worst attribute is?
say they're the same--I can be a bit… focused. Or OCD, depending on who you're
asking and what I'm doing. My brain doesn't like to let go of things once they
flitter in, which is great when writing a story. The only problem, my brain
often likes to stay in storyworld, even when I should be cooking, cleaning, or
doing anything in the real world.
that could be a good trait to have, depending on how you look at it. Right?
Especially for a writer. Focused…I like that word. I think I’ll use it from now
on. LOL “Hey, stop ignoring us.” I hear this a lot when I’m writing. But I’m…focused…right? It will help explain a
lot when I’m dragged back into the “real” world by my husband. Speaking of real
world, do you like to travel? If you could go anywhere, where would it be and
I'm partial to the US. I'm intrigued by Paris, Israel, Egypt, and such, but I
seem to want to return to places I've been and have fond memories of. One of my
favorite locations is Seattle, WA. I'm from the Northwest, and that's where I
met my husband. He and I have been to the NW numerous times and had such great
fun! So we've decided to return to celebrate our 20th next fall. I'm
Seattle…I’ve never been to the Northwest coast. I’d love to go. James, my
husband says it’s beautiful. Someday, we’ll go. Congratulations on your 20th
wedding anniversary…early! What an awesome milestone and blessing.
How would you
describe writing in your life? How did it begin for you?
I've always written as an emotional outlet or way to process things, I never
considered it as a career. I began writing largely for ministry purposes. I
wrote curriculum, dramas, parent newsletters, stories for children's church.
Then one day it hit me, "I like this!" Even so, I didn't really
pursue it as a career and calling diligently until around 2009.
are you working on now?
writing the sequel for my debut, Beyond I Do. This one is called (tentatively)
Freedom to Love, and it follows the life of my heroine's mother from Book One,
a divorced house-flipper, and a mom of three kids married to a felon.
the Blurb:Three people held back by regret but one God to help sixty-one year-old
Angela Meadows is ready for a clean slate, to launch a career, and to embrace
her new life in Christ. But self-loathing and remorse for a life forever lost
hold her back. When she encounters a single mom married to an incarcerated
felon and her children, Angela’s shame becomes swallowed by something
greater—compassion. Her past draws her to them, but will it drive away the only
man she’s truly loved?
Renee: How does
God affect the words you put on the page?
believe God gives me the ability, the passion, the drive, and the perseverance
to write. He gives me ideas and helps feed those ideas, showing me the truths
He wants to reveal to my characters (and me!).
an awesome blessing, Jennifer for both you and your readers. If you could tell
the reader one thing before he or she picked up one of your books, what would
think it'd be to pause to pray, asking God what He wants them to take from the
Renee: What’s your favorite dessert? (TO BE REVEALED...)
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beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?
Marriage . .
. it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships
like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe
relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her
wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and
ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her
fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride
must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I
Slattery writes missional
fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing
God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes Christian Living
articles for Crosswalk.com, writes and edits for Christ to the World
Ministries, and writes devotions for her personal blog,
JenniferSlatteryLivesOutloud, and Internet Café Devotions. When she’s not
writing, her and her husband are probably sitting at a coffee shop somewhere,
him reading a sports article on his phone while she loses herself in a great