Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Chat with Jennifer Slattery ♦ Giveaway ♦

BCheadshot2013Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for, and devotions for Internet Café Devotions, the group blog, Faith-filled Friends, and her personal blog. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ Firefly imprint, and loves working with authors who are serious about pursuing their calling. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Hi, Jennifer, welcome to Whispers in Purple. So tickled to have you here. By the way, are you ever called Jen, Jenna, or do you prefer Jennifer?

I’ll go by anything, but most of my readers call me Jennifer. Smile

You and I have been connected for a number of years through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) as well as the Clash of the Titles Blog Alliance. I almost feel as if I know you. But let’s find out, huh?

What five words best describe you?

It’s always so hard to describe oneself. I had to ask my husband this one. He said studious, reader, writer, loving, wife. And that was interesting—hearing his top five descriptions.

What is the scariest/strangest thing you believed as a child?

Boy, I’m failing this interview thing. Haha. I don’t know if I really believed anything frightening. I did believe something I’m pretty sure terrified my parents, however. That was that I was invincible and could do whatever I set my mind to do. Whether that meant attempting to swing across a lake or practicing my balk walkover on a bridge railing. (Luckily my parents happened to be driving by for the latter and yanked me down before I did anything stupid.)

Invincible? Oh, no! I’d have been terrified, too!

How do you start your day?

With Bible study and coffee. My mornings are my absolute favorite part of my day, and it’s while I prayerfully read Scripture that God sets me up for the day ahead. I rarely rush this time, and will often spend an hour or more journaling, praying, and making note of my focal verse for the day.

Write a limerick starring you. C’mon, you can do it Smile

I had to Google what a limerick is; I’d forgotten!

Poetry has never been my thing

Neither did I learn to sing

But hand me a book

And I’ll lounge by the brook

Biding my time reading till spring

Good one! What sparks your creativity when feeling drained?

Sometimes going for a walk with my phone and its Pandora app, or spending time with friends or my husband. I love to read and find a great book can trigger a stream of creativity.

Have you ever read a bookor watched a movie–that’s haunted you? What was it, and why did it have such impact on you?

I don’t like scary movies and tend to avoid them. Actually, I’m not much of a movie-goer period. As for books, yes, Kathi Macias Freedom Series leveled me—because I knew though her stories were fiction, the topic—sex slavery—sadly, exists. In America. It’s hard to realize there are precious, defenseless children being horrifically abused at this moment.

I’m with you on the scary movies, but there’s one movie I watched years ago, Dr. Zhivago, that has hauntingly stuck with me ever since.

Now I’m ready to ask you about your book.

  • BreakingFree_N1664109Title: Breaking Free

  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers

  • Release Date: May 7th online, April 4th in stores

  • Genre: Women’s fiction

Back cover blurb: Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.
Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

You can read a free, 33-page excerpt here:

Where can readers buy this book?


What’s coming up next for you?

I’m revising what I hope to be the third book in my Midwestern Romance series and am plotting a fun romance set in Austin. Hopefully I’ll be back in the relatively near future to tell you more about those novels!


Where can our readers find you on the Internet?

Visit with Jennifer online at  and connect with her on Facebook at

Many thanks, Jennifer, for your willingness to be my guest here. I hope you’ve enjoyed answering these interview questions. My aim is to make each set of questions uniquely different and fun for the interviewee. I hope I’ve been succeeded here. It’s been fun getting to know you.


Jennifer will be giving away a print copy of the book featured here, Breaking Free, to one winner drawn randomly from the commenters below. Winner limited to the Continental US, only, please. Giveaway ends on Monday, Feb 21, at Midnight, CDT. Winner will be notified via email on Tuesday, so be sure to include your email contact info, disguised so those snoopy bots can't sniff it out 



  1. Love the limerick! Totally me. Enjoyed the interview questions and getting to know a new to me author.

  2. Hi, Heather!

    Writing that limerick was fun. Thanks for stopping in to say hi. :)

  3. Thanks for visiting today, Heather. Yeah, I liked the limerick, too. Quite clever :) Your name has been entered in the giveaway. Stay tuned.

  4. Jennifer, thanks for being my guest today. I thoroughly enjoyed our chat together. Be sure to let me know when your future projects are ready and we['ll do this again.

  5. Hi, Peggy,

    Thanks for having me, and I'll do that! :)

  6. Thank you for the wonderful interview and I , also, loved the limerick! I would so love to win this contest! Thanks for offering it! Sincerely, Mary Lou K

  7. Interesting plot, Jennifer, and you did a great job w/the poetry-that was always my first literary love. Good to learn more about you.

  8. Thanks for dropping in, Mary Lou, it was fun interviewing Jennifer. You've been entered in the giveaway!

  9. Hi, Gail. I'm miserable at poetry. Reading it makes my brain hur, and heaven help me if I should ever try to write it. You're in the drawing :)

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