Hi friends! I am always delighted when I have the chance to chat with Jennifer Slattery! She is super-sweet and she seeks after God’s heart. Today, she’s here to share some ‘inside facts’ about herself and her new book, Healing Love!
Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.
Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse.
Her new book, Healing Love, is available for preorder now!
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Today, Jennifer’s here to share some ‘inside facts’ about herself and her new book, Healing Love!
Little Known Fact?
I think I’ve splattered every bit of my life on the Internet, so there might not be any “little known” facts left. In the past I’ve shared how I have a peanut butter addiction. (There’ve been times when I’ve literally had six to seven jars in our pantry!) I think this little tidbit might have become common knowledge, however. One night, after a speaking engagement, the woman who’d invited me to speak gave me a gift—of peanut butter and a hot vanilla latte! I was so touched. And well-fed. 🙂
Behind the Scenes of Healing Love
This book has a dual setting—Southern California and El Salvador. We lived in Southern California, about forty-five minutes directly east from Los Angeles, just over an hour from the beach, and just over an hour from the mountains. I loved it! But, there were challenges, like when I went to visit my husband at work one day, got lost, and ended up in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood.
Which is interesting, considering how terrified Brooke, my heroine who is also living in Southern California, is of going to El Salvador. She’s allowed sensationalized news to convince her that the entire country is filled with crime. Then again, I suppose we all have a tendency to be fearful of what we don’t know.
Although … can I be honest here? I was pretty freaked out about going to Central America also. I’d heard horror stories of diseases and crime, and well, I kind of have an aversion (at the time, terror) to flying. So, when you read about Brooke, you just might be getting a glimpse into me. Scary thought …
One of my favorite scenes occurs when Brooke’s team and their translators (including the handsome, intelligent, kind, and gentle Ubaldo) visit one of El Salvador’s black sandy beaches. What’s more romantic than jumping waves with, and getting caught in the arms of, a handsome man?
There’s another scene of the two of them sitting outside gazing up at the El Salvador sky, the beauty of which captivates Brooke. (In Southern California, stars are dimmed by the ever-bright city lights, so this isn’t a view she sees regularly.)
Items on Your Hero/Heroine’s Grocery Lists?
Um, for Brooke … bug spray, hand sanitizer, Boston Baked Beans, and chocolate chip granola bars. For Ubaldo, Aspercreme, coconuts, and tilapia, all of which he often brings to his arthritic mother. He buys most of his food in the market or from street vendors.
They also both enjoy pupusas, a common El Salvador food. I’m trying to figure out how to explain them. How about if I share the recipe instead:
Yay! Thanks, Jennifer! These behind the scenes insights make me even more excited to read Healing Love!
Jennifer Slattery is offering an ecopy of Healing Love (mobi or pdf) to one of my readers! Open internationally, except where prohibited by law. This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Which ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into Healing Love did you most enjoy?