Today, one of my good friends, Jennifer Slattery, joins us to talk about her newest release, When Dawn Breaks. Let’s start at the beginning. Have you always wanted to be an author?
Jennifer: Actually, no. In fact, I think, before answering the call to write, I wanted to be anything BUT! Anything that would earn a paycheck and retirement. *wink* Although I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I often wrote to further ministry goals and such. But I didn’t consider it as a career and calling until God made it clear that was what He wanted me to do. And even then, I fought Him for a bit. Oh, I was more than happy to write for Him, so long as I could also pursue a career with a definite paycheck. But He made it clear, He wanted me to surrender… without putting a safety net in place or forming a back-up plan. That was the hard part!
Surrender. That’s always the tough part. Now that you are writing, what’s your schedule like? Do you write every day?
Jennifer: Every day except Sunday, yes, usually. That doesn’t mean I work on a story every day. Some days I’ve got articles to write, blog posts and interviews to get out, etc. Although I do try to keep my head in whatever story I’m working on every day. I say try because, well, life happens.
Boy, does it! I must say your stories are always wonderful, all the way through. What’s your favorite method for keeping a story’s middle from sagging?
Jennifer: Hm… I’m not sure if I have an answer to this question. I hope this won’t get me stoned or kicked out of the writers’ club, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a sagging middle. The reason being, I’m a plotter, so if I don’t have enough to carry a story when I’m plotting, I keep brainstorming and researching. So I suppose that would be my answer to your question, though I know that declaration puts me at an even greater risk for stoning. *chuckle*
I don’t throw stones…only tomatoes. 🙂 When Dawn Breaks is now on the shelves. I’ve just started reading my copy. How are you marketing this book?
Jennifer: You know, I’ve been thinking about this. I have some speaking engagements and signings lined up, and I’ve done radio interviews, blog tours, and such. But I’d like to learn more about marketing; to try some new things. … As soon as I discover some new things to try! I have a book on my to-be-read pile called Grassroots Marketing. I’ve read it before but it’s been a while. I’ll let you know if I discover any nuggets.
Please do! One last question: Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?
Jennifer: Not hugely, though I’ve been told my head bobs excessively when I write, which can be a tad embarrassing when I’m working in public. 🙂
Thanks so much, Jennifer, for being our guest on the Writing Prompts blog today!
As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution motivate her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?
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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. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.