|A Touch of Relaxation|
Hello, 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 help yourself.
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?
Jennifer: Go 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.
Renee: LOL 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?
Jennifer: I'd 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.
Renee: Well, 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 why?
Jennifer: Honestly, 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 excited.
Renee: 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?
Jennifer: Though 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.
Renee: What are you working on now?
Jennifer: I'm 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.
Here's 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?
Jennifer: I 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!).
Renee: What 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 it be?
Jennifer: I think it'd be to pause to pray, asking God what He wants them to take from the story.
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About the Book:
Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley 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 Do.
You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Slattery/e/B00JKQ4ZTW/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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About the Author:
Jennifer 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 novel.