The Ideal Writing Space
Everyone has a certain environment that sparks inspiration—3 Love Inspired authors share what their ideal writing spaces are!
From Margaret Daley, author of High Risk Reunion:
Over the years my office has evolved from sitting at a desk to using my laptop and sitting on a couch. When my time at the computer became longer, I had to make the change. Even an eight-hour desk chair wasn’t comfortable for me. I ended up with a lot of neck and back pain until I made the change to a couch.
One of my favorite colors is hot pink. On a whim, I decided to paint my walls with that color and have white trim. Surprisingly, I’ve had it that way for twenty years. The hot-pink color is vibrant and lifts the spirit. I’ve never gotten tired of it. I also have six bookshelves filled with books. I love being surrounded by lots of books. It inspires me to write.
Two other things in my office are a collection of different flamingoes (matching the hot pink) and my books hanging on the wall. My husband started the traditional of framing my books when I published my first book. We had to stop at fifty books because I didn’t have any more room on the walls in the office.
Rebecca Kertz, author of Loving Isaac
I love to work on my screened-in back porch whenever it’s warm outside. My husband and I have woods behind our property so it’s quiet, private and conducive to writing. A warm breeze blows through the screen against my face. My dog, Jameson, is close by, either standing on a chair and viewing the landscape through the screen or lying close by me.
I have a lounge chair I enjoy sitting on with a portable word processor. I also use my laptop on our patio table.
Working outside makes my writing time peaceful and calm with little distraction or thoughts of impending deadlines. I have a desk in my office, where I ultimately do most of the work on the manuscript, but my best and most enjoyable creative time is found outside on my back porch. It’s the one thing I miss the most when the cooler temperatures roll in.
Karen Kirst, author of The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins
Unlike some of my fellow authors, I have trouble writing in cafés and bookstores. The music and constant activity distract me. My ideal writing spot is quiet and free of interruptions, not easy when your house is full of rambunctious boys! I keep a calendar near my desk to keep track of how many pages I write each day and a spiral notebook for quick notes about the story. A secret stash of dark chocolate in my desk drawer helps perk me up midafternoon.
Earlier this year, we bought a gazebo for our deck. The farmland behind our house provides such a pretty, serene view. Having an outdoor office has been a nice experience. The fresh air and sunshine do wonders for my creativity and, because I’m not in plain view, birds often perch on the railing nearby and rabbits venture out of the fields into my yard. Those are the types of interruptions I don’t mind in the least.
What kind of environment gets your creative juices flowing?
About High Risk Reunion:
A PERILOUS SECOND CHANCE
When district attorney Tory Carson returns home after a long day in court prosecuting a gang leader, she finds her house trashed.
Concerned that the vandalism is connected to the trial, the local police chief calls the Texas Rangers…and her former love Cade Morgan responds. Tory’s history with Cade—and the secret they share—makes her reluctant to let him back into her life.
But Tory doesn’t want to choose between bringing down a gang leader and protecting her teenage daughter. With the threat escalating the longer she tries the case, the safest place for Tory and her daughter is at Cade’s ranch. But can Cade protect them long enough for Tory to bring the criminal to justice?
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About Loving Isaac:
“Isaac Lapp wants to put his once topsy-turvy life back in order. As he works to rebuild his tattered reputation, his one saving grace is childhood pal Ellen Mast—whom he’s starting to see as more than just an old friend. But after his flirtation with an English girl, Ellen doesn’t fully trust the boy who’s always made her heart leap. And even though Ellen’s kindness and beauty are helping him become more confident each day, the lure of the non-Amish world beckons. Isaac must make a choice: a life beyond Happiness, Pennsylvania…or the woman who might just become his forever home.
Convinced that Allison Ashworth deserves better, Sheriff Shane Timmons has always tried to remain aloof around his childhood companion. But with Allison in Gatlinburg for the holidays, insisting on caring for two motherless babies, Shane feels obliged to help her. How can he keep his distance when she and the children are quickly becoming the family he never dared to wish for?
As a girl, Allison was drawn to the wary yet handsome Shane, who never seemed to look her way. But in spending time with him and two sweet babies, she might yet find a chink in the confirmed bachelor’s armor. Every shared moment gives Allison hope that this Christmas, her dreams of motherhood—and a life with Shane—may finally be coming true.