Everyone’s Story gives a big welcome back to multi-published author and popular blogger, Jennifer Slattery. Through the years I’ve watched this energetic woman grow from weekly blogger to debut author to multi-published author and now to editor at a Christian publisher. I’m not sure how she does it all (perhaps she doesn’t sleep?) but Jennifer manages with a gracious smile. This week Jennifer reflects on several personal moments that influenced her writing, answers a few questions, and offers a BookGiveaway on her newest release. Both Jennifer and I look forward to hearing from you.
Plus, have you checked out my own Goodreads BookGiveaway of Always With You? It runs only until April 2nd–fast approaching. See the very bottom of this blog feature to enter the contest.
Jennifer is offering 1 printed copy of Breaking Free to 1 randomly chosen commenter, US residents only. The winner will be announced here on Friday, April 1st between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).
Read a free, 33-page excerpt here.
On The Other Side of Dead Ends by Jennifer Slattery
Some believe life is found when they reach that ever-elusive dream, grab hold of true love, or maybe finally get to enjoy that retirement they spent decades building. But I say life is found when we reach the end of ourselves.
I’ve had numerous dead end moments, the most dramatic being when I spent my first night on the streets of Tacoma. You’d think once God had plucked me off the streets and rerouted my life-course, it was all roses and chocolates from there.
Nope. I had to slam my head into a few more dead-ends, like the near destruction of my marriage. And our finances. Followed by a move quite literally across the country, a bout of unemployment, followed by some major heart-cleaning. But each of those moments, as hard as they were, brought me one step closer to Christ and revealed yet another layer of the story of grace He longs to reveal in me.
Interesting how each of those painful moments have come out in my latest novel, Breaking Free. That was totally unintentional on my heart. All I knew was that I had a burning desire to write. So, after resisting the urge for a while (with the intent of pursuing a much more reasonable and predictable career), I surrendered and sat at my desk, my laptop opened in front of.
The story poured out. Maybe it was cathartic, or maybe my create explosion was simply the result of having been suppressed for so long. Regardless the why or how, as I sat to write each day, I felt God’s love and grace so strongly, there were times I was quite literally brought to tears. It was as if I could sense God’s heartbeat for each of us, especially the most broken among us.
That was in 2009, back when I was convinced I was ready to write for God. Man, was I wrong. He had a lot of heart-work to do in me before I’d be ready to carry the platform behind my stories, the biggest of which was removing the shame that kept me hiding behind my computer. Because how can one write stories of freedom when they themselves are living in bondage?
A few years, during a painful conversation regarding my past and my desperate need to keep it hidden, my brother said to me, “I look forward to the day when you can share your story without shame.”
Last night as I filled out a biographical form sent to me from a Christian media group, I realized that day has come. And all I could do was cry, happy tears. The tears of freedom
Questions for Jennifer:
Your novels center on strong woman and how they fight to mend broken marriages and relationships. Would you consider this your “author’s theme” and where does this originate from?
Interesting. I’ve never recognized this, though I do enjoy stories with women overcomers, so I suppose I’m not entirely surprised my female characters demonstrate strength. As far as my author’s theme, my books tend to include tough or strained family relationships, someone in need of help, and those who feel called to help them. I’ve also been told my novels point to the truth that we find our joy, healing, and fulfillment in serving others.
Congratulations on becoming a content editor for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. What is the most valuable but unexpected lesson you’ve learned since accepting this position?
I absolutely love working with authors, and I love Firefly’s process. I’m able to walk alongside an author from first draft through final submission. As a result, I feel we develop a great relationship. Every author I work with lands on my prayer list as to me, my working relationship with them is about much more than just their book. I feel God has brought me alongside them to encourage them and help them grow.
As to what I’ve learned… I’ve come to discover how much I love helping others reach their full potential. I think that’s why I love editing so much; it’s an opportunity to link arms with someone as they pursue God’s call on their life.
I watched your video of Living As Daughters of the King on your website: Please share with viewers of this blog what your “antidote” to the hiccups life often gives.
I’m not sure there’s an antidote to life’s problems, but there is one to the emotional craziness that often follows, and that’s trusting and surrendering fully to Christ. When I remember who He is, what He’s promised, and all He’s done for me in the past, whatever I’m facing loses the power it has over me because it’s placed in proper perspective—in God’s hands.
Off the top of your head, without much thought: where’s the 1 foreign country you want to visit and why?
I recently received an intriguing email about a bed and breakfast in Israel and it sounded absolutely lovely! Although as my husband often says, there’s still so much of the United States we haven’t seen and experienced.
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Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and devotions for Internet Café Devotions, the group blog, Faith-filled Friends, and her personal blog. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ Firefly imprint, and loves working with authors who are serious about pursuing their calling. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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