Thursday, September 6, 2018

Introducing Jennifer Klepper...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to have Jennifer Klepper at CLC today to talk about her debut novel, Unbroken Threads. Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours, we have one copy for a lucky reader! Visit the other stops on Jennifer's tour for more chances to win.

A Midwest native, Jennifer made stops in Dallas, Charlottesville, and Boston before settling for good in Maryland. While she has an appreciation for the expansive beauty of the plains states, she hopes never to live landlocked again.

Jennifer attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia School of Law, her law degree guiding her through the worlds of corporate law, tech startups, and court advocacy for foster children. She is an ardent consumer of podcasts and books that challenge her with compelling and unfamiliar topics. When she’s not writing, she’s crossing things off a never-ending to-do list and hoping to catch that next sunset. Jennifer lives near Annapolis with her husband and two kids.

Visit Jennifer online:
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram



Synopsis:
Jessica Donnelly’s life is beginning to unravel. When the attorney turned stay-at-home mom tentatively volunteers to represent Amina Hamid, a woman seeking asylum, Jessica must learn an unfamiliar area of the law. Soon, rising opposition to Muslim immigration and unexpected prejudices put her relationships on shaky ground.

Amina fled Syria with little more than memories that now fight against the images splashed on the news. Seeking a secure future and freedom from guilt and grief, she must learn to trust others amidst the reality of fear and hate.

To find stability, Jessica and Amina will both need to harness their own strengths, which may lie in connections that transcend generations, cultures, and continents.

"A terrific debut, and so very timely. With smart writing and compassion, Klepper offers us a look into the hearts of two women: a Syrian immigrant hoping to find a home in the USA, and the volunteer lawyer whose work brings a second chance at life not only to her client, but to herself as well."
~Julie Lawson Timmer, Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

In one sentence, tell us what the road to publishing was like for you.
The road to publishing was all about learning new skills that are unrelated to writing--like marketing, branding, and website development--and building relationships with other writers who are at all stages of the publishing process.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to an aspiring novelist?
Find a supportive group of writers and engage with them. The mutual support, commiseration, information sharing, and friendships are invaluable. For me, it’s been one of the most rewarding parts of this whole publishing experience.

If Unbroken Threads were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
Jessica: Michelle Monaghan. Monaghan happens to be from Iowa, just like the character.
Amina: Nazanin Boniadi. So much grace. I loved her in Homeland.
Danny: Matthew McConaughey. I could watch McConaughey in anything. Or nothing :)

What do you look forward to most in the fall?
Tall black boots, jeans, my Barbour jacket, and Nebraska football.

What was the last book you read that you would recommend?
So many! My last fun audio book was Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, by Camille Pagán. I rarely read books that make me laugh out loud, but this one did (in public, no less).

Who is your biggest role model?
My author role model is Jodi Picoult. She takes on tough issues and she handles them with grace and humility. I admire her strength of conviction and her ability to publish outstanding and meaningful books year after year.

Thanks to Jennifer for chatting with us and to Suzy Approved Book Tours for sharing Unbroken Threads with our readers.

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Giveaway ends September 12th at midnight EST.





18 comments:

Janine said...

I really don't have any one role model. There are bits and pieces of different people that I have learned from and looked up to over years.

Lori Frazier said...

Your novel sounds great. Can't wait to read it!

Carla S. said...

My Mom was my greatest role model.

traveler said...

My mother was my role model since she was an exceptional woman.

Kelley B said...

My mother was my role model!!!

Jennifer Klepper said...

I love seeing people call out their moms as their role model. I dedicated my book to mothers and grandmothers. 😀

Elena Y. said...

My mom is my biggest role model (I know, it sounds so cliche, but it is true)

Mary C said...

My mother.

Mary Preston said...

Probably my mother too.

RD said...

My aunt

bn100 said...

mom

Dianne Casey said...

My Dad was my biggest role model. He was a really great man.

Kelly Rodriguez said...

My mom is my biggest role model!

Dianna said...

My grandmother is my biggest role model. She has impacted so many lives.

Elisabeth said...

My mom is my biggest role model. I admire her strenght and perseverance to face difficult situations, and of course, her being a positive person unconditionally.

Melanie Backus said...

The biggest role model is my mother.

Angel Wells said...

I don’t have a particular role model...just my family and my church family as well. Can’t wait to read your book!!

kristin tahai said...

My biggest role model - that’s a tricky one. I think it’s a split between my parents and my sisters. There are bits and pieces of each of them that I try to model as much as I can.