Guest Blog--Jennifer Slattery
Welcome to Jennifer Slattery! I first heard of Jennifer when I received a wonderful devotional from Wholly Love, a part of her ministry that really impacted me. Please join me in making her feel welcome by commenting below. :)
My name is Jennifer Slattery, I’m originally from the west coast but have moved numerous times and now live in Nebraska. I’m not sure what people notice when they first meet me but I hope it’s that I take a genuine interest in them. I want to be the type of person that focuses more on others than myself, who actively listens, and who notices those who are hurting or standing “on the fringe.” I want to be an inviter and includer.
Here's my bio:
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who has addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and other writers across the nation. As the founder of Wholly Love Ministries she and her team help their local, national, and global community experience increased spiritual and emotional freedom through an ever-deepening relationship with Christ. She cohosts, with Grace Fox, the Your Daily Bible Verse podcast and also cohosts, with her Wholly Loved Ministry team, the Faith Over Fear podcast. She also maintains devotional blogs found JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and is a regular contributor to iBelieve.com. 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.
Tell us about your book—title and back cover blurb.
My latest release is titled Her Small Town Refuge. Here’s the text from the back cover:
To secure the future she’s been wishing for, she must earn her boss’s trust. Escaping to the Texas Hill Country with her daughter for a vet tech internship is Stephanie Thornton’s chance at a safer life. But when medicine goes missing from Caden Stoughton’s struggling vet clinic, all evidence points to Stephanie. With the new life she’s been searching for hanging in the balance, Stephanie must convince Caden to trust her with his business…and his heart.
Share one thing that you found difficult or challenging about writing this book.
The main female character in this story is a domestic abuse survivor, which was something I've not had experience with. I wanted to make certain that I revealed her struggle and journey accurately, but I also didn't want that to dominate the story. Instead, I wanted it to convey hope and the healing available to us all through Christ and Christ-centered community. Therefore, I contacted two friends, Martha Aryomenko and Michelle Leann, both of whom have escaped abusive relationships and asked for their perspective. They helped me understand the traumatic effects and challenges domestic abuse survivors experience and how the individual might react to various situations.
The other challenge I experienced related to the main male and female characters’ professions.
My hero worked as a practicing veterinarian and my heroine a vet tech intern, and both in rural Texas. This meant working with large animals like cows and horses along with pets. I found the research intriguing and learned a great deal about the more common encounters a rural vet might experience along with rare and unexpected diseases and how to treat them.
Ask the blog reader a quirky question or two?
If you were a rural vet, what type of animal would you most enjoy working with and why? For me personally, while I love the idea of working with horses—they are such beautiful creatures!—they tend to scare me. Therefore, if I were to practice veterinary medicine, I’d have to say I’d most prefer working with dogs. Although, I can be quite squeamish when it comes to blood or the idea that an animal might be in pain. I should probably stick to writing. ;)
Share your social media and buy links!
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/slatteryjennifer/
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard?ref=nav_profile_authordash
Amazon link to purchase Her Small Town Refuge: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09C2D79TY/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
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