Jennifer Slattery is a novelist, freelance writer, and biblical studies major who lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband and thirteen year old daughter. She has a weekly marriage column on the Reflections in Hindsight website and is the marketing representative for Clash of the Titles. You can find out more about her and her writing at http://jenslatterysblog.wordpress.com and http://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com
Kelly, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity!
1. Can you tell me more about Clash of the Titles?
Clash of the Titles is a literary site dedicated to Christian fiction and its expansion in today's market. Each week, two excerpts are anonymously posted on our site, and readers are invited to choose their favorite. It's a chance for readers to be heard and for writers to promote their Christ-honoring work in a fun, slightly competitive (grin) way.
What is COTT's purpose?
Our primary purpose is to see quality Christian fiction highlighted and promoted. Our secondary purpose is to unite readers with new authors through fun competitions, author interviews, and book giveaways. And of course, being the literary champions we are, we're hoping to wet a few reader's whistles with new genres they may never have considered.
2. Why did you decide to get involved?
I like to see the big picture of everything, and lately, I've been feeling God nudging me to help other authors. I kind of see it as a big, multi-stringed web reaching into the far corners of the world (and bookshelves) as God reveals His love and power to a hurting world. I want to encourage other writers to stay the course while helping them succeed in their God-given mission. I also love the idea of reaching out to readers and helping them discover new literary gems.
3. Where do you see Christian fiction ten years from now?
Bigger and better! I think Christian fiction can touch hearts in a unique, non-threatening way. I love God's word, sermons, and Bible studies, but God has touched my heart deeply through Christian fiction. The Chronicles of Narnia instigated a wonderful mother-daughter discussion on the entrapping allure of sin. (Remember the Turkish delights?) And Hinds Feet in High Places revealed some areas in me that were holding me back from God's best, giving me a deep desire for the increased freedom that comes from full, continual surrender. Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love showed me the depths of God's love for me and many of Janet Oak's novels motivated me to be a better wife. Each of these novels, along with many others, spoke to me in a unique, yet equally powerful way. Because Christian fiction can be such a powerful instrument of love and truth, I believe God will continue to expand it.
4. How can readers impact the Christian market?
Readers are the market. If you find a great story, tell others. If that story sells well, that author will do well and will be able to write more stories. Send notes and emails to your authors. Christian writers long to be God's hands and feet in a hurting world and are fueled by positive stories of transformation or healing. And I know these are tough times for everyone, but if you have the funds and opportunity, resist the urge to visit your library and hit the store instead. Because sales influence which books editors choose to print and which books grace the bookstore shelves.
It sounds like Clash of the titles will meet a serious need in the market today, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing!