When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery

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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!

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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?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here

You can buy a copy here:

On Amazon

On Barnes and Noble

On CBD

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.

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Slattery

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Today we welcome author and blogger, Jennifer Slattery, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Let’s get right to the questions, Jennifer. Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Jennifer: I’d probably have to say Mary Connealy, because she can write with depth and humor, and she doesn’t shy away from real life issues. I love inspirational romance novels, but I like those that have more meat to them. I also enjoy Jenny B. Jones. That girl is hilarious! And she’s written about some important stuff, too, like foster kids and such.

I like humor in a book myself. Also a “good” bad guy or gal. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Jennifer: I wonder if this would give too much away…. I’ll have to say this is a bit vaguely. *wink* I’m reading A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears, and I love her villain because, well, we don’t know he’s a villain until we’re 147 pages in. How’s that for a plot twist? I’d say more but then I’d spoil it.

I love the idea for a late twist. Let’s talk about you for a moment.What project are you currently working on?

Jennifer: While waiting for big-picture edits for my third novel, releasing in October, I’m finishing up a sequel to Beyond I Do that I really hope my publisher will contract! This one follows the story of Angela Meadows, the heroine’s mother in Beyond I Do.

Angela Meadows is ready for a clean slate, to launch a career, and to embrace her new life in Christ. But self-loathing and remorse for a life forever lost hold her back. When she encounters a single mom married to an incarcerated felon and her children, Angela’s shame becomes swallowed by something greater—compassion. Her past draws her to them, but will it drive away the only man she’s truly loved?

Thanks, Jennifer, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday.

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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?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here

You can buy a copy:

On Amazon

On Barnes and Noble

On CBD

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.