Check out this NEW exclusive interview with Jennifer Conway, author of the series, A Test of True Love!!!
Jennifer Conway has wed her true love and resides in Greenville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Education. She is sharing her expertise in dance and drama with her local church, and supports her husband when he is invited to preach locally. She is a regular participant of NaNoWriMo, bringing stories to life within a month. Her debut novel, The Test of True Love, began as a NaNoWriMo project.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the book, “A Test of True Love?”
A: Actually, it was a laundry commercial. They were stretching clothes on medieval torture equipment. I watched it before bed, didn’t think anything of it. Had a dream that night of a girl being tortured with her family close by. I knew she had a choice to leave, but for whatever reason, didn’t. The dream stayed with me all day, and I recorded the details as soon as I could. It turned into The Test of True Love.
Q: I love that your story doesn’t just have one message, but several that the reader can find as they examine the characters and what’s happening. What is the main message you want your readers to take away from this story?
A: Even when things don’t make a lot of sense, God has a plan. If you keep trusting in Him, you’ll eventually see what He does, and how things fit together.
Q: Tell me, how do you relate to your protagonist, Jasmine?
A: Jasmine is a stubborn, opinionated woman that doesn’t quit. In that aspect, I am much like her.
Q: Jasmine is an amazing character that goes through a great transformation over the course of the story. What is it about Jasmine that makes her vital to the message that this story is delivering?
A: In the story, Jasmine stays locked in the dungeons, waiting for answers that seem to never come. When waiting for Heavenly answers, we’re pretty much the same way. Nothing beyond our needs seem to be important. But, behind the scenes, God is working things together for our good.
Q: When you began writing, did you intend to become an author or did it start out as a creative outlet? Tell us about how you got started.
A: I’ve been writing since I was about 12 years old. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I listened to some Adventures in Odyssey episodes on the road one day (Dad was a puppeteer, we traveled a lot). I loved the stories. Before long, I started thinking that I could come up with stories like that. I did, and I never stopped.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals or quirks?
A: I like writing in silence. I’m not sure if that’s a quirk or not, but not many of my writing friends seem to prefer it.
Q: Tell us about your writing schedule, if you have one, or how much time you devote to writing every day/week.
A: When I’m actively writing, I get up early before work and get about an hour in before I have to leave. When I come home, I usually get another hour in, maybe two. I make efforts to end at a certain point each day, and also spend time with my loving husband who understands my need to tell a story.
Q: Out of all of the protagonists you’ve written about, which one do you relate to the most? Why?
A: My first series that helped me learn to write featured a character named Rebecca (my middle name). She was basically me if I knew self-defense and was in a position of power. I enjoyed writing about her. I enjoy getting to know all my main characters, mind you, but some stick with you more than others.
Q: What projects can we expect from you in the future? Are you currently working on anything new?
A: I’m working on Book Four of the True Love Series, Love and War. I’m just on the read through, so it will likely be late in the year before it’s ready for the public eye. I also have a political thriller that’s with a beta reader that I’m really excited about, since it will be the start of a completely new series. Alas, it will probably be a while before those stories are ready, but I’m working on it.
Q: Before we go, one last question. Any thoughts or advice for our readers?
A: Never give up on your dreams. God wants you to keep working on them.
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