I met Jennifer Slattery last summer at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference. What a bundle of energy and fun! Her courses were well taught and worth every minute of note-taking. If you’re ever at a conference and see her name on the schedule, count yourself blessed and show up at her class(es).
–Welcome back to 3 Questions Wednesday, Jennifer! First question…
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Jennifer: Right now I’m reading Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith, and it’s been challenging and affirming. I’m only four chapters in, but his call to honestly evaluate ourselves, our unique passions, and to learn to say no to some things, so we can zero in on that which God created us to, has reiterated and reinvigorated my call to write. Through the book I’ve come to realize, with more clarity and focus, how God wants to use my gift of leadership to help grow other writers. This has been an awesome and humbling realization.
Another book I love, love, love and tend to rely heavily on is How to Grow a Novel by Sol Stein. I’ve read this numerous times—well, read the beginning. It’s one of those books you start reading then run to your story notebook to make changes to your character sketches or scene outlines, then jump back to the book until you read another nugget that sends you dashing to your computer. As a result, I’ve never made it all the way through the book. I really, really need to! I should make that my New Year’s resolution!
–I need to research those. Both sound interesting. Now…
What secret talents do you have?
Jennifer: I can drink obscene amounts of heavily-flavored coffee in a single day… Um… Secret, huh? I want to say, writing, speaking, and editing are about it for me.
—Lol! I now know why you were so bouncy at the conference. I’m almost afraid to ask the next question, but oh well, I’ll give it a go…
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Jennifer: It depends on how close we are. Best friends—I’d probably point you to the fridge and tell you it’s a help-yourself night. Close friends—I’d ask if we could meet at the Twisted Fork or some other fun restaurant in the Old Market. Acquaintance—I’d start with coffee. Or tea. But if I had to cook, I’d probably find a recipe on Pinterest the day of, one I’d likely never tried before, which could result in a mad dash to order pizza last minute.
–So if I’m ever out West, I think I’d like to meet you somewhere for dinner…sounds fun…and safe. Jennifer, thanks so much for stopping by 3 Questions.
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 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
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