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Friday, 22 January 2016

Writer Jennifer Slattery On Reading

Jennifer, welcome to Writers on Reading! Your most recent novel,
Intertwined, released this fall, your next comes in March, and you have several other Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance novels to your credit—In fact, your CP recommended one of your books in her interview last summer! I’m curious, what was the most out-of-character book you’ve recently read, and what led to your choice?
 I’m reading The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks. I started reading it because I like her as a person and realized by the first page I loved the book and her writing. It’s intense; it has a CSI feel, and I normally don’t read crime type books—I tend to be pretty squeamish. But her writing is so good, my love for the story and Carrie’s characters has pulled me in.

As a writer, you should know better, but as a reader, you know we all do it…so, when did you last “judge a book by the cover”? How did it work out?

I do this all the time. I love browsing bookstores and picking up various titles that catch my eye. If I know and love the author, I probably won’t pay too much attention to the cover. (Like with Nicholas Sparks; I’ll read anything of his!) But for new authors, I find
them from their covers. As to how that worked out… Well, I don’t buy solely on cover. If the cover grabs me, I read the back cover then usually a couple pages, one from the front of the book and another random page.

Having published four books so quickly do you find time to read during the months you spend writing or with deadlines ahead is it either/or for you? If so, what did you read while working on your last book? If not, what did you read when you finished this one?

My husband calls me a veracious reader. I always have time to read! I read to relax at night, usually from 8pm-10pm. What I don’t have time for, however, is television. Or movies. I’d rather read. The characters act so much better in my head than real life!

What was the last book you absolutely couldn't put down? Why?

I read two at once, which I rarely do, but I was in the middle of one when my mother-in-law gave me the second—one I’d been anxious to read—for Christmas. The first book was Where Rivers Part by Kellie
Coates Gilbert. I had a tough time getting into this book initially, and I’m not sure why, but by the third chapter I was absolutely hooked. And Ms. Gilbert kept me guessing. The plot was unique, I loved the setting, and I really wanted to see the heroine succeed.

The second book I read, which may be one of my all-time favorites, is The Purple Hibiscus. It’s about a girl living in Nigeria at the start of the war of Biafra, when things begin to get tense and families start to flee. It was disturbing in parts, thought provoking, one of those books I will likely always remember.

I love reading in bed, especially on a Sunday afternoon, with a mound of pillows behind me, a sweetened mug of decaf filled ¼ of the way with almond milk in hand, and my husband lying beside me watching football.

If Tammy Kuhn, the heroine in Intertwined, were to pick a book from today’s shelves, what do you think it would be?

Something by Mary Connealy for sure—something on the light, fun, sweet and romantic side. She’d love anything by Shannon Taylor Vannatter as well. Tammy has a crazy stressful job and deals with some tough stuff, not to mention her personal time is short. When she reads, she wants something like and uplifting. Something that
reminds here there are real heroes out there, and maybe, just maybe one day a woman like her can fall in love again.

Thanks so much for visiting and letting us get to know you better as a reader, Beth! Folks, you can continue to connect with Beth—and find out more about her Romantic Suspense books!—at the links below.

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 adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

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