Please join me in welcoming the delightful Jennifer Slattery to the blog today to chat about her new Love Inspired romance, Building a Family!
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and national speaker who has addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. She hosts the Faith Over Fear podcast and maintains devotional blogs found JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and on Crosswalk. As the founder of Wholly Love Ministries she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Contact her through her website to book her for your next women’s event.
BUILDING A FAMILY
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2020
Can love for two little matchmakers unite their reluctant hearts?
Worried that Noah Williams is still the reckless bull rider she remembers, Kayla Fisher is convinced he isn’t the right person to care for their orphaned niece and nephew. Now she’s back home, determined to fight for custody. But Noah is a changed man, and he intends to prove it. When Noah and Kayla start falling for each other, could raising the children together be the perfect solution?
Hi Jennifer! Welcome back to the blog!
Jennifer: Can I choose chocolate? Or chocolate-covered apples and orange peels? So good!
Carrie: Chocolate is always an acceptable answer 🙂
Jennifer: Coffee for sure! Or I should say, heavily flavored almond-milk with a dash of espresso. And a friend to laugh with.
Carrie: the friend is the best part ♥
Jennifer: Music. For books, there’s something about reading myself.
Carrie: I agree.
Jennifer: Coffee. 😉 And more coffee.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jennifer: I’d love to be able to transport myself into and out of any book and time period. And if I could choose the location, I’d probably first hit a small beach town, then an Ireland village, then maybe a vineyard in Greece …
Carrie: that sounds like a delightful trip!
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Jennifer: We have a used bookstore my daughter and I love to visit that is unlike any other I’ve been to. It’s literally stacked floor to ceiling, including in the aisles, with books. I normally head to the young adult section, actually. Initially, my daughter and I part ways, and after about thirty minutes, I go searching for her, and I’m always amused at where I find her. One afternoon, she might be in the sci-fi section. Another time she’s flipping through old comic books. She often finds really intriguing art books, but inevitably, she manages to find one of the most expensive books in the store. She has a thing for really old hard backs. I love that about her. Then we hit one of our favorite coffee shops located nearby.
Carrie: She sounds like she would be a lot of fun to book shop with 🙂 Also, I want to go to that used bookstore haha!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Jennifer: That I’m prepared for anything? My husband jokes about all I manage to shove into my bag. He calls it my boat anchor.
Q: Which character in Building A Family was the most difficult to write?
Jennifer: Actually, my heroine was. She was in a really tough position, struggling with a lot of internal emotions, a desire to do best by her niece and nephew, but confusion regarding what that best was. Her sister, a drug addict, had abandoned both of her children, and while she was spitting mad at what her sister had done, she also loves her deeply and was mourning who her sister once was compared to who she’d become. I wanted to show the full range of her emotions, but also to show her natural sense of joy. Sometimes that was challenging.
Carrie: i bet that WAS challenging – a lot of complex emotions there.
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Jennifer: I’ve been slowly drifting away from plotting. When I first began writing, I just wrote the story as it came, but I inevitably landed myself in pickles that took a lot of finagling and rewriting to get out of. I determined I could save myself time by plotting the story out, so I began planning each scene before writing. My muse, however, never listened and would take my characters off script. So then I’d pause and replot, then write, then replot.
Now I start writing, pause to think ahead a bit, then write. I still need something of a road map, although I’ve come to realize I likely won’t follow it. That said, I find the plotting, whether I use the scenes plotted or not, as much fun as the writing. It’s like an adult version of playing.
Carrie: haha i love that
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Building a Family?
Jennifer: The power of community, something I think, honestly, we’re all craving right about now. But I also think sometimes we want community more than we want to invest in community, if that makes sense. We all need to be the neighbors that we want others to be for us. That’s where community starts—with us.
Carrie: Amen. Yes, so true.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Jennifer: I’m currently finishing a contemporary romance set in the same fictional town as Building a Family and am waiting to hear back from my editor on a story set on a horse ranch. That was so much fun to write! Thanks for asking!
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What about you? What interests you most about Building a Family and/or my Q&A with Jennifer Slattery?