Where is Your Favorite Place to Write? Why?
I almost always write in my office because it’s set up for me. It’s an actual office, complete with large bookshelves crammed with research books, dictionaries, etc. I have everything in here I need, especially a very large computer monitor. Because I have vision problem, I’m unable to see things on a small screen. My desk is full-sized and I have a very comfortable chair. Writers need a comfortable computer chair. In fact, it’s crucial.
The room is decorated with a lot of western things that project the right atmosphere. I have cowboys everywhere….for inspiration I tell people. *wink* But the fact is, I just love looking at these men.
I have western art on the walls, flowers on the low bookshelves, a Buffalo Bill Wild West poster and a large map of 1837 Texas hanging nearby.
You might like to know that on one corner of my desk sits a box of Kleenex. I keep tissues handy so I can reach for one when I need it. Often I get so immersed in an emotional scene that it makes me cry. They say if a writer can’t feel the story, it’s not strong enough. I believe that. When I write, I dig deep and what pours out of my heart moves me to tears. It might be something simple like the way a hero looks at his lady or maybe a tender touch or something the characters do that’s heroic. All I know is that I use a lot of Kleenex.
Two big closets with sliding doors hide my supplies from view so I can keep the room uncluttered. I wouldn’t be able to fill one page if I had a mess around me.
When I first moved into this house two years ago, I took one look at the office and remarked to my friends that I knew I could write here. I just felt it deep down in my soul. That held true. So far, I’ve written four 100k word books and over half of new one in here. I just love this room. When new people come over, I always show them my office because I spend more time in here than any other part of the house.
I’m now celebrating the release of Book 3 of my Bachelors of Battle Creek series. FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE has been such an incredible journey. I do think I saved the best for last. Brett Liberty has such a special story to tell. Because he’s a half-breed and faced such hate and discrimination, he’s kept apart from people. He mostly stays on his Wild Horse Ranch with his beloved mustangs. He’s never allowed himself to think about a wife…until he meets Rayna Harper in a dingy jail in a small town in Texas. She occupies the cell next to him and he’s struck by the depth of her heart and her curly auburn hair. Clearly, she’s suffered much pain and misery. While Brett’s waiting to be hung for being an Indian, he falls in love for the first time in his life.
I hope you find FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE as exciting as I did. Look for the first of my brand new Men of Legend series coming in July.
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