Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
If reading transports one to another world, what does that
say about the book’s author? One might thing the act of writing is a sedentary
act, and at times, that’s true. But before the ink hits the page, the writer
often must embrace one adventure after another. From rock climbing to stained
glass art classes and visits to state penitentiaries (though they never let me
in and, well, I didn’t think it wise to force the warden’s hand), readers might
be surprised the lengths a writer will go to research a story.
Luckily, most times, our research trips are fun. And filled
with great food.
If you’ve read any of my novels, you may have picked up on
my severe coffee and ice cream addiction. It seems I can’t write a story
without including at least one coffeehouse and ice cream shop. And I love finding unique scene settings that
capture the flavor of an area.
especially fun to write as it’s set in my stomping ground—Omaha. My main
character’s journey had been pinging through my brain for a while, begging to
come out. She started in Kansas City, where her daughter’s story, Beyond I Do, is set. And I suppose I
could’ve kept her there, but then, well … Omaha.
If you’ve never been to this city, I encourage you to make a
trip. We’re famous for our zoo, credited by TripAdvisor to be the best in the
world. (Mitch, my hero, attempted to take Angela there on a date, but, well,
his invitation turned incredibly awkward. And resulted in him painting a fence.)
We’ve also got an incredible downtown area called the Old Market.
This is my absolutely favorite Omaha location, and it’s a place my family and I
visit often. In fact, this historical area is so romantic, it’s one of my
favorite date night locations.
Since this does make it into my story, on the rare occasion
Mitch doesn’t flub the invite, I’ll share more about it.
The Old Market has brick paved streets, a passageway that
will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into an elegant Italian villa,
musicians playing on various street corners, and it houses some of the best and
most unique restaurants in Omaha, and perhaps all of Nebraska. My favorites are
the Twisted Fork and Plank.
The latter made it in to my story. I’d tell you more, but I
worry that’d be a spoiler. ;)
If you could visit any setting locations from one of you
favorite books, where would you go and why? If you’re an author, share one of
your favorite research trips with us.
Novelist and speakerJenniferSlattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and
live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team put on events at partnering churches
designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact.
She writes devotions for Internet Café Devotions, Christian living articles for
Crosswalk.com, and edits for Firefly, a Southern fiction imprint with LighthousePublishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer
loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously
a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an
idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently
transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst
nightmare, and she s also working on restoring something herself. As he
struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her
past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected
in common, a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after
her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this
young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a
lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along
with true love?