Q & A with author Jennifer Slattery
It is my pleasure to have author Jennifer Slattery visit my blog today. Jennifer is the author of `Restoring Love`. If you are one of my regular blog readers you may remember my `Restoring Love` book review. But, just in case, here is a link to that review. Just click here if you would like to refresh your memory.
Editor and Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte
Q&A with Jennifer Slattery:
(1) How has being an author impacted your relationship with Christ?
My writing has definitely drawn me closer to Christ and made me more dependent on Him. It has also drastically increased my intentionality in regard to my spiritual and character growth. Before I received my first publishing contract, when publishers were seriously considering my work and it was becoming apparent God was moving me in this direction, I had an overwhelming realization that I wasn’t ready. It was like a magnifying glass had zeroed in on all my weaknesses, selfishness, and sins, and I felt completely ill-qualified to represent Christ in a more public forum. I’m not sure that feeling will ever go away and it keeps me focused on growing.
(2) How did you decide to write `Restoring Love`?
Bianca’s story popped into another storyline, as I was plotting, years ago. Though she didn’t quite fit that story (no matter how hard I tried to make her fit), she stayed with me. As I began plotting Restoring Love, I realized now was the time and this was the book for Bianca’s story to be told. Angela, the heroine in Restoring Love, shares a similar history. I first introduced her to readers in my debut novel, Beyond I Do—she’s the heroine’s mother. In that novel, Angela is a mess! In fact, most readers don’t like her much, but something happens near the end of the book that impacts her greatly. Restoring Love shows the after-effects, so to speak. However, I do want to mention, though both stories are intertwined in many ways, they are both fully contained stand-alone's.
(3) Just for fun, have you ever swam with dolphins?
I haven’t swam with them, but I have experienced an encounter with them. Maybe five years ago, our family went to Discovery Cove in Florida, and while there, we were able to interact with them, up close and personal. I don’t remember if we were supposed to swim with them, but all I did, basically, was stand there in the water—petrified! They seemed to incredibly big up close! I knew in my head that they’re gentle and playful, but was still pretty freaked out. I’m glad I did it and am even more pleased our daughter got to experience it, but for me personally, I’m not sure it was worth the money spent.
(4) How would you inspire a younger writer?
Don’t worry too much about what lies ahead or how to get there. The path is different for each one of us, but God is faithful to direct us step by step. Simply keep moving forward, take advantage of whatever opportunities you can, enjoy the journey, and commit to learning as much as you can, surrendering your dreams to the one who sparked them within you. He’s fully capable of bringing them to pass.
(5) If you could have lunch with any literary character, who would it be and why?
Oh, that’s easy! Fern and Zulu from Out of Frying Pan, because they’re hilarious! The Ethel and Lucy of the 21st century.
(6) If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
A Broken Life Transformed by Grace, or maybe, A Living Testimony to the Power of Grace.
(7) Just for fun, what are you watching?
Oh. Um … I don’t watch television or movies except very rarely. I can tell you what I’m reading—Count Me In by Mikal Hermanns. Next, I plan to read If I Run by Terri Blackstock.
(8) Are you well traveled, or do you rarely have time to travel?
Between family vacations, conferences, and speaking engagements, I do a fair amount of traveling. I love seeing new places, though I also love locking myself (figuratively) for days upon days in my office. I especially love traveling with my real life hero of 22 years. My husband makes everything fun!
(9) How would you describe your workplace?
Functionally cluttered. Hahaha! But also light, cozy, and bordered by books. Oh, and quiet. Some writers write to playlists, others at a bustling coffee shop. I need as close to complete silence as possible. I think that’s evidence of my high distractibility.
(10) When is your optimal time to read?
I almost always read from 8 pm-10 pm, nightly. I’m an editor as well, so there are times when I spend the entire day reading, but for pleasure reading, I always end my night with a great book. Regardless how busy or sleepy I am!
Jennifer, thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions.
I could relate to several of them as a Christian book reviewer. As writing brings you closer to God reading brings me closer. I especially love it when I'm (figuratively & literally) shaking my head in agreement with what the author is writing.
I am not familiar with Fern & Zulu, we don't have t.v., but if they're anything like Ethel & Lucy I can only imagine. I couldn't help but chuckle. :)
My autobiography could be listed by those titles as well. God is so good at redeeming his people.
Readers, be sure to connect with Jennifer at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte
Buy `Restoring Love` on:
Christian Book Distributors: http://www.christianbook.com/restoring-love-jennifer-slattery/9781625915139/pd/915132?event=ESRCN
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/restoring-love-jennifer-slattery/1124423437?ean=9781625915139