Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Get to Know Jennifer Slattery & Healing Love

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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 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.

Visit her online at and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at

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 …

Favorite Scenes?

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:

Pupusas con curtido

Image Credit: Emily Han

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.

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What about you? Which ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into Healing Love did you most enjoy?


51 Responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Get to Know Jennifer Slattery & Healing Love”

  1. Mikal Dawn

    Fab!!! Love this interview! <3

    Okay. So…the food. Because food. I love food. I love the taste, the look, the nutrition. I just love food! As long as I don't have to cook it. Because then it'd end up burnt. So there's that.

      • Jennifer Slattery

        That, of course, is assuming I can cook. 😉 I really do want to make these papusas, though! And I found a Columbian grocery store that might have the type of flour I’d need. Wish you lived close; I’d invite you to dinner!

    • Jennifer Slattery

      I’m with you! Though I’d forego just about anything for a big old scoop of peanut butter. haha! I just found a new obsession–peanut butter party ice cream. Oh. My. Word. Chunks of peanut butter, swirls of chocolate, mini chocolate covered peanutty things. I think I’m with you on the not wanting to cook, also. (I’d much rather go out. Or order in.)

  2. Karen

    I’m with Mikal! Haha The papusas caught my eye. I didn’t realize that any Latin countries served dishes with pickled ingredients! I thought that that was an exclusively European/Asian thing! Lol

    • Carrie

      there’s a lot of Asian influence in Central/South America – it’s surprising!

    • Jennifer Slattery

      Hi, Karen,

      The papusas we had while in El Salvador were actually plenty plain–simply the cornmeal mix/dough around either beans or beans or cheese or maybe chicken and cheese. (Usually beans and cheese, though.) I couldn’t find a recipe that was exactly like what we ate. It was fun to visit El Salvador restaurants. Some were very Americanized but others would have a dining area similar to what we have, but cooks would be making food over charcoal grills right there in front of you (as opposed to having a separate kitchen area). But they’d have big tubs of some sort of pickled vegetables in the center of tables. I don’t remember what they were, and we were told not to eat them as they must’ve been made with their water (weren’t safe for foreigners).

  3. Jessica Reis

    I see that everyone is talking about food, and I’m in the same boat. Since I’m from Portugal, I had never heard about ‘papusas’. I checked the recipe… I think I’m going to try and do it when my family comes visit us this summer. Me and my godmother talked about it on the phone and we will have a day of different and international foods. Since every year when the come to Portugal they all just want to eat Portuguese food (like “Cozido à Portuguesa”, a lot of fish and a lot of “Pastéis de Nata”, that’s a sweet/pastry). So this year, we are going crazy. Thank you for the recipe, Jennifer.

    • Jennifer Slattery

      Oh, fun! I’ll have to look those dishes up! I love trying foods from different areas! 🙂 When our daughter was young, we’d often enjoy meals from different cultures. (I especially liked historical foods, like those made in Ancient Mesopotamia, etc. That was fun!

      • Jessica Reis

        That sounds fun. I live very close to the Atlantic Ocean, less than 5km away, Central Coast of Portugal. So we have a lot of fish. There is this restaurant that does this Rice and seafood dish in a pot of clay. The dish is still cooking when they bring it to the table. A lot of my family members love it, I’m not a seafood person, well, I don’t like some seafood, so I don’t eat that. I do like “Arroz de Tamboril”. Depending on the region there is different kinds of dishes. You should check out a dish called “Francesinha”, it’s a dish traditionally from the North of Portugal but they now do it everywhere. I’ve done it with my dad once or twice at home. It’s pretty simple to do, the only thing that take a like more work is the sauce, because there are a lot of recipes for that.
        We are also a country with a lot of different kind of sausages. I know there is a community of Portuguese in Canada but I’m not sure about it in the USA. If you ever find a Portuguese Restaurant (and I’m not talking about a Brazilian one, but a European Portuguese) you should check it out. 🙂

          • Jessica Reis

            I love fish too. In the summer since most of my family, my dad’s brothers and sisters, live in France (close to Switzerland and Germany, they don’t eat a lot of fish, so we always eat a lot of fish in the summer in my grandparents home. 🙂
            I hope you can find a Portuguese restaurant so you can try our food. And if you ever visit Portugal, ask what are the traditional dishes or pastries/sweets in that city. If you go to Lisbon, try Pastéis de Belém (they are similar to Pastéis de Nata but there is a difference in the creme).

  4. carylkane

    Carrie and Jennifer, thank you for the great interview!

    I enjoy books with dual settings! I’m excited to read Healing Love.

    • Jennifer Slattery

      Hi, Caryl,
      Thanks for stopping in and saying hi, and for the kind words. Do you have a favorite dual-setting book? I love books set in other countries, also. One of my favorites was “The Purple Hibiscus,” which is set in Nigeria just before the War of Biafara. That’s such a good book! (Though it’s not a Christian fiction book.)

  5. Vivian Furbay

    I love peanut butter but not as much as you do. We eat a lot of it here. healing Love sounds like an interesting book about the heartache of poverty and God’s grace. I would enjoy winning a copy.

    • Jennifer Slattery

      Hi, Vivian! Have you tried the new Peanut Butter Party ice cream? (Do you get Blue Bunny where you live?)

      Thanks for the kind words regarding “Healing Love!” Best of luck in the drawing! 🙂

  6. Sonnetta Jones

    This makes me miss Costa Rica. I loved the food. It also reminds me of Guyana. Sometimes I forget how extreme poverty can be for those living in other countries.

    • Jennifer Slattery

      One of my daughter’s close friends is from Costa Rica, and they’ve been talking about going for a visit. (The friend still has family there.) Do you have a favorite Costa Rican dish? The friend’s mom often made fried plantains. Is that Costa Rican?

      • Sonnetta Jones

        I love fried plantains. It is one of their dishes. They have so many things I enjoyed. I had this soup with rice and beans along with guacamole, salsa, fried pork and tortilla chips. What an amazing dish.

  7. Martha T.

    I think it will be an interesting book due to the two locations.

  8. Bonnie Roof

    I loved the beach scene, of course – but also loved Brooke’s love for other people, just as I do Jennifer’s. She is such a sweet, caring lady and we have a number of things in common: a peanut butter addiction, getting lost in dangerous neighborhoods while trying to learn my way around, wanting to reach others for Him. So looking forward to reading “Healing Love” and would love to hear Jennifer speak in a group setting!!

  9. Arletta

    Black sandy beaches sound great! But I’m curious, if you have 6 or 7 jars of peanut butter in your pantry at one time – are they different brands? or do you just like to stock up? Is one brand superior to another (in your opinion).

  10. Lindsey Brackett

    I’m eating peanut butter while reading this, which might explain why Jenn and I got along so well when she edited Still Waters…. though I do remember her telling me I might talk about food too much. No such thing in southern fiction 🙂

    Congrats on the new release! I’m sure it’s wonderful and I love that it’s dual setting. Such a great way to bring us to places we’ve never been and shed light.

  11. Connie Saunders

    Jennifer, I like peanut butter also and I make a peanut butter pie that is very simple but very delicious. If I take it to potluck, I never have any to take home. I look forward to reading Healing Love.

    • Jennifer Slattery

      That sounds so good! I’d love the recipe, if you don’t mind sharing it. 🙂 My daughter makes me a peanut butter dessert–I forget what it’s called. It’s almost like a mix between a cake and a cookie. With chocolate chips added in; yum!

  12. Kelly A Youngblood

    Of course, the beach scenes sound pretty amazing… but my heart will be drawn to the orphans in El Salvador. Can’t wait to read another Jennifer Slattery book!

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