Meet Jennifer Slattery, Author of “Beyond I Do”

Posted by on October 24, 2014

headshot2013--J.SlatteryMy guest today probably doesn’t remember this. It was a long time ago. But I first e-met her when she asked for prayer requests on the ACFW loop. I was sorely in need of a prayer at the time (can’t remember what it was), but felt so blessed by this offer, I will never forget it. Now, I have the honor of interviewing her for her debut novel, Beyond I Do. I always love to see wonderful people achieving their dream. So please welcome, Jennifer Slattery to IC today.

Jennifer, first tell us a little about yourself.

Connie, thanks for having me! I live in the Midwest with my husband of nineteen years and our teenage daughter. This is her senior year, so I’m preparing myself (unsuccessfully) for the empty nest stage. When I’m not writing or reading, I love hanging out with my family. Our favorite activities are going to coffee shops and on long walks together. Last weekend we all took a painting class together, which was great fun!

Awww, the painting class sounds so neat. I know what you mean about the empty nest. I started to pray about it when my kids were first born. I’m kinda obsessive that way.

Tell us three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.

Let’s see. As goofy as I can be, I’m quite the germaphobe. Though I’m relatively petite, I can devour a basket of corn chips all by myself, and though I try to be the best mother possible, I’m known for suggesting we forego dinner to save room for ice cream.

Oh, why couldn’t you have been my mom???

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

I’m not sure, at least, I don’t remember much reading until my freshmen year in high school when I took honors English. I don’t know if it was the teacher or the material, but I quickly developed an obsession with Shakespeare and really loved Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities.

Yes! Dickens always has the best characters!!!

As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?

Nope. Though I enjoyed writing, mostly as a way to process my feelings, it wasn’t on my radar as a career until maybe ten years ago.

Amazing how God surprises us at any time in our lives.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

I’m not sure if it’s the quirkiest, but it was hilariously fun! As a new author, I was told to visit area libraries and bookstores to encourage them to carry my book. Taking this advice, I decided to ask a friend and fellow book-lover to join me. This resulted in a goofy-fun day of picture taking that often involved random strangers, coffee drinking, lunch, and more coffee drinking. (Apparently if one ingests enough caffeine, silliness takes over.) We had so much fun, we plan to do something similar—minus the books and with double the caffeine—on the twenty-fourth.

Coffee and silliness??? My kinda fun!

What is your favorite genre to read?

I’m eclectic. I really enjoyed your novel, Connie, At the Edge of a Dark Forest. I also like contemporary and historical romance novels, mysteries, and thrillers. The only genre I struggle with is sci-fi. I suspect I’m just not creative enough for that one. I always have a tough time visualizing what’s going on, though I loved the Maze Runner. (Is that a sci-fi?)

Hmmm. Sci-Fi, Speculative, Dystopian? My daughter has told me about that book. I think I’ll have to read it. And thanks for the shout-out, Jennifer. Your check is in the BeyondIDocovermail <wink>.

Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better.

I don’t think I have to tell anyone I start with a large amount of coffee.

I sooooo get that.

One thing that’s very important to me, and one of the reasons I’m so grateful I can work from home—I love to be here when my daughter wakes up and heads out to school in the morning and when she returns in the afternoon. I like to send her off and welcome her back with a hug (though whether or not she receives that hug is another matter! Teenagers! Ha!)

I get that, too.

Something else they may find surprising, or rather, odd… Though I read my Bible daily, I’ll often camp out in one chapter for weeks! (I must be a slow learner!) I’m also what’s known as a gregarious introvert—a person who loves my friends dearly and can be the silliest person in the room but who also enjoys spending long hours with myself.

Okay, we could be twins!!!

When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?

I’ve always written, though more as a hobby or emotional outlet. I first began to sense God might want to use my writing when I became involved in ministry. When we were living in Southern California I was heavily involved in outreach and family and children’s ministry. In that capacity, I wrote parent newsletters, drama scripts, and curriculum. One spring, our children’s director asked me to write a short story on Jonah for the preschool large group time. As I was brainstorming this, it hit me, “Hey! I enjoy this!” That was when I first began to consider that I was wired to write, though I didn’t surrender to the call for another six years (?) or so.

Must be the “slow-learner” thing <wink>.

How many books do you have published and where can they be found?

Beyond I Do is my debut, which can be found wherever books are sold, though I have two other novels following (and hopefully many more!). I believe CBD is selling these—kindle and print—for the lowest price right now. Ebook as low as $2.39!

Readers better click now!

Tell us more about this book.

I’d love to! Here’s what’s on the back cover:

Will seeing beyond the present unite Ainsley and her fiancé or tear them apart?

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 Ainsley’s wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream, a hidden passion, one that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. If she wants to embrace God’s best and find lasting love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage is beyond “I do.”

Oooo! Just got my copy. Can’t wait to get started!!!

Jennifer, thanks again for stopping into IC for a visit. Hope to have you again for your next release.

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Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. Her debut novel, Beyond I Do, is currently discounted in e-book format for under $3! You can find it here.

She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and writes and edits for Christ to the World Ministries. When not writing, Jennifer loves helping aspiring authors grow in their craft, and has editing slots open beginning in November. Find out more here: http://wordsthatkeep.wordpress.com/

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.

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