It’s great to be interviewing Jennifer Slattery. Jennifer is in charge of marketing for a new and exciting blog that is about to launch: Clash of the Titles.
Nike: Jennifer, can you tell us what Clash of the Titles is all about?
Jennifer: Clash of the Titles is a literary website where authors compete and reader’s judge. Our goal is to partner with God in His expansion of Christian fiction into all genres and we are excited at the prospect of seeing new readers drawn to quality, engaging Christian fiction.
Nike: When does it launch?
Jennifer: We are taking submissions from authors now, but our site officially launches on October 18th.
Nike: Who are some of the other staff members involved with Clash of the Titles and what do they do?
Jennifer: There are six of us in all. April Gardner, author of Wounded Spirits, is our Senior Editor. This site was her baby. She wants to unite authors with new readers while challenging readers to venture outside of their usual genre. Amanda Flower, murder mystery writer and author of Five Star’s recently released, Maid of Murder is in charge of scheduling. Lisa Lickel, edgy Christian fiction writer of Meandar Scar and numerous other titles handles advertising. Michelle Massaro, an aspiring author of contemporary fiction handles public relations. I’m in charge of marketing and Catherine Terry handles media relations. We’re all writers and avid readers that love seeing the rapid expansion of Christian fiction!
Nike: As you probably know, my passion in fiction is crime fiction, detective stories, thrillers, suspense, and murder mysteries. Do you have plans to showcase this type of perhaps more hard hitting Christian fiction in the new blog?
Jennifer: We aren’t about to limit God. He is doing amazing things in the Christian fiction industry and we want to ride on His shirt tails. His message–reaching out to the lost and broken–won’t change, but His method never stops changing. Which is why there needs to be a large variety of Christian fiction. Thrillers, suspense novels, and murder mysteries can reach an audience that romance novels cannot–an audience that may not listen to a sermon or visit a daily devotion.
Nike: In the past we’ve spoken about what a great work God is doing in Christian fiction. How He’s expanding Christian fiction. How new genres seem to be cropping up. As a catch all, this is often referred to as edgy Christian fiction. My main interest in edgy Christian fiction is the more gritty and realistic crime fiction some Christian suspense writers are penning now. Do you see The Clash of the Titles show casing any of the edgier titles coming out now in Christian fiction?
Jennifer: You are right, Nike, Christian fiction is expanding and breaking out of traditional molds. Some people worry about this. I am excited to see the lengths God goes to to reach each one of us. And again, we are not going to stand in the way of what God is already doing, nor try to make Him conform to our preconceived ideas on what Christian fiction “should be”. We will guard the message–the message of God’s love, grace, and His free offer of redemption–without hindering the method. That being said, there are certain boundaries we will adhere to–those that have been generally accepted by the Christian market. Entertain us, grip us, challenge us, inspire us. Show us a bit of the worst of the worst so we can see the true depths of grace. Just don’t drag us into the bedroom or blister our ears. lol
Nike: I want to thank Jennifer for taking the time to participate in this interview. To view Clash of the Titles go to this link: http://www.clashofthetitles.com/