Today I'd like to welcome Jennifer Slattery as she gives us a behind the scenes look at her new book and what stirred her to write it. Welcome, Jennifer.
They say write what you know, and every time someone utters that phrase, authors worldwide cringe.
Having just released my first medical drama, I know the truth—and falsity—of that statement. The easiest novels to write, for sure, are those with elements we’re most familiar with. At least, for the first, and maybe second or third novel. But a writer’s life can only provide so much fodder, and honestly, if we wanted to stay close to reality, we wouldn’t be attracted to storyworld.
We’re creative, those who perpetually ask, “What if?” And we’re always looking for a story, preferably one that hasn’t been told by absolutely every writer on the planet.
So maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that the girl who practically passes out at the sight of a needle and literally cried—true story!—when her daughter received her first immunization said yes to writing a medical drama.
Had I known the incredible amount of research it would take to do so, however, I may have been tempted to repeat that cliché we writers absolutely hate. Standing on the other side, I’m glad I didn’t know, because Intertwined needed to be told, not just because organ donation is an incredibly important issue, but also because God used the novel to motivate my husband to donate a kidney. To a stranger. (You can listen to the story behind the donation here: https://soundcloud.com/jenslattery/jennifer-slattery-and-husband-steve-slatterys-interview-on-fm-1007-the-fish)
Looking back, I can see God had been laying the groundwork for this story and the events surrounding it, long before my friend Ami Koelliker, a former organ procurement coordinator, suggested the topic. And He knew, though at first I balked, and flat out said no, that I’d give in, once His sweet, gentle spirit began prodding at my creativity.
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?