Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery

headshot2013Today we welcome Jennifer Slattery as she talks about her debut novel, Beyond I Do


(1)  Congratulations! You’ve written a book and seen it to publication. What are three things you’ve learned from this experience?

Jennifer: One can never pray too much! For clarity, peace, confidence, surrender. Oh, how often I pray for surrender!

God is still sovereign, even when harsh reviews come in, blog tours derail, and computers crash. In many ways, I’ve worked harder than I thought humanly possible during my launch. As many know, in today’s publishing world, most authors must do a great deal of their own marketing, which can be intimidating. And yet, my greatest promotional opportunities fell in my lap (television and radio interviews), reminding me God’s got this, and He who began a good work in me will carry it—and my calling—to completion. 🙂

Finally, always make sure you have plenty of chocolate on hand for one never knows when they’ll need some! (And there’s no time for shopping when in the throws of a deadline!)


(2)  What is your favorite sentence or paragraph in the book?

Jennifer: Can I share a paragraph? This one comes from my favorite scene and encapsulates my purpose for writing Beyond I Do. It’s when one of my main characters is serving at a local women and children’s shelter. The below is the shelter director speaking:

“Most folks come here out of obligation.” She frowned. “During the weeks before Thanksgiving and Christmas, do-gooders swamp the place, bringing food and lofty sermons. From a distance mind you. Come meal time, they all huddle around that back table over there.” She pointed toward an empty table near the far wall. “Guess they’re afraid poverty’s contagious. Or maybe they think these ladies here got some sort of disease.”


(3)  Writers sit for extended periods of time. What do you do to combat fatigue?

Jennifer: Great question! I have fibromyalgia, so I have, have, have to move periodically or I really pay for it later. I write on a laptop and migrate a great deal. Sometimes I recline on the couch, computer in my lap. Other times I sit on a stability bar or at the counter on a barstool. Plus I try do exercises I learned in physical therapy three to four times a day, and stretch often. I also try to do something active outside—walk, jog, or bike ride—every day.


(4) How do you personally handle “writer’s block?”

Jennifer: This varies. With prayer, always. Sometimes I’ll put the project down for a time and do something mindless, like go for a walk or listen to praise music. Other times I’ll do more research. That often triggers ideas. If I’m under a deadline, I just force the words out, even if I hate them. I’ve found writer’s block often occurs when we overthink what we’re writing. Allowing oneself to “fail” can do wonders for the muse!


(5) What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?

Jennifer: That they can send me chocolate (and sugar-laden caffeine) any time? 😉 In fact, if you’re in the Omaha Metro area near the end of October, I’ll be doing a book signing at one of our local Barnes and Nobles, one that has a Starbucks. Hint, hint.

Was that not clear enough? Let me try again: Venti peppermint mocha, no whip cream. With a gluten free, chocolate chunk chocolate cookie. Oh, boy, am I getting hungry!


Beyond I Do:

BeyondIDocoverWill 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.

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here:


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 available in print and e-book format for under $10! You can find it here:

Jennifer loves helping aspiring authors grow in their craft, and has editing slots open beginning in November. Find out more here:

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.