As a child, Jennifer Allee lived above a mortuary in the heart of Hollywood, California, which may explain her unique outlook on life. She has written skits, activity pages, and over one hundred contributions to Concordia Publishing House’s popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother, The Pastor’s Wife, The Mother Road, and the upcoming A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, book two in the Quilts of Love series. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son.
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Thank you for this interview, Jennifer. Your latest book, The Mother Road, is about a road trip! Can you tell us more of what it’s about and why you wrote it?
The Mother Road came about when I asked myself one very simple question: What would a marriage expert do if her own marriage fell apart? This is what happens to Natalie. Not only is it devastating personally, but it compromises the foundation of her career. This sends Natalie on a journey where she has to deal with her unpredictable, pregnant sister and a mother who's losing her grip on reality due to Alzheimer's. There's very little in Natalie's life that's stable. At it's core, The Mother Road is about a woman who stops looking at everyone and everything outside herself for validation, and finally asks the most important question: Who am I? Who did God create me to be? At the same time, it's not a heavy book. There's lots of humor and light hearted moments. I mean really, how can you travel down Route 66 and not have a good time?
Can you tell us more about your main character, Natalie Marino? What are her strengths? Her weaknesses?
Natalie's a very focused woman. When she has a goal, she sets her personal navigation system and goes at it full throttle. This is often a strength, but it can also be a weakness. Sometimes, she's so focused that can't see outside her own perspective. Part of Natalie's journey is learning that she's not always right and she doesn't always have to fix everything.
If you could change places with one of your characters for one day, which one would that be and why?
I'd like to be in Natalie's shoes — or more specifically, in her driver's seat — when she's travelling down Route 66. In fact, I've already lived vicariously through the people she meets and the places she visits.