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Do It Write: Where NJ Walters writes @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #SciFiRomanceNJ Walters, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

Unexpected Angel by NJ Walters

Genre Science Fiction Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Angelina Astoferus is on the run from her uncle, who wants to marry her off as part of a business deal. Her only hope is to find a spaceship to escape on–and a man willing to take her virginity, since her being pure is part of the deal. A desperate escape attempt leads her to the loading docks of the planet Oasis, where she spies Amos. Captivated by him, when the opportunity to sneak on board his ship arises, she takes it.
When Amos Marks discovers a stowaway on his ship, he knows she is big trouble. He and his brothers don’t need two dangerous enemies–her powerful uncle and the jilted warrior from Gravas–but Amos can’t turn his back on her. He decides to help her with her outlandish plan, but neither of them expects that the physical connection between them will lead to so much more.

How long have you been writing?

My first book was published October 27, 2004. Hard to believe it’s been almost 15 years. The industry, and my writing, has changed so much in that time.

What was your first published book?

My very first published book was Annabelle Lee with Ellora’s Cave. That was back when ebooks weren’t considered “real” books by the New York publishing houses and long before Amazon became a powerhouse in the industry. Amazing how much the world has changed since then.

I was so excited when they accepted my book. They wanted me to add about 10K to the story. I told them it was no problem. Then I panicked and went to work. It changed my life.

The book went out of publication for a couple of years after the publisher closed, but it has been released as Uncovering Annabelle.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

I’ve written all but two of my books in a small 3′ by 6′ corner of my living room. I have a small desk, a desktop computer, and a small shelf. That’s my writing cave. The computer isn’t online. When I sit there, all I do is write.

What do you love most about that area?Do It Write: Where NJ Walters writes @njwaltersauthor #RLFblog #SciFiRomance

Oddly enough, I love how small it is. I like being cozy. I like that everything is close at hand. There’s wall on two sides of the space and a privacy screen around the front and part of other side. It really is a writing cave.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

Honestly, if money was no option I’d own a house, maybe something 800 to 1000 square feet. (Which is much bigger than my current apartment.) I’d love a small office with floor to ceiling bookshelves on at least two of the walls for my books and personal mementos. I’d have my desk beside a window overlooking a yard. I’d also have a cozy reading area in front of the shelves where I could relax or work on research and notes.

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

I’m a bit of a technophobe, so I’m not big on electronics. Other than my desktop computer, I’d say I use my iPad mini the most. I use it mostly in the evenings when I’m curled up on the sofa for checking email or social media. I’ll even watch TV shows and YouTube videos on it.

What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?

There are so many great books on writing. Some are purely technical while others are more inspirational. I’d tell any new author to check out what’s in their local library and local bookstore to get a feel for what’s out there. Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird are both go-to books for most writers and a great starting point.

What do you like to read for relaxation?

I love to read romance, of course–historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal. I also love to read nonfiction books. A lot of self help, personal growth types of books. I figure it’s good to balance things out.

Where to buy Unexpected Angel

Publisher https://www.evernightpublishing.com/unexpected-angel-by-n-j-walters/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S9VPXKH/

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unexpected-angel-n-j-walters/1131766415

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/unexpected-angel-2

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/941298

NJ Walters Social Media

NJ Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks–all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
Website http://www.njwalters.com
Blog http://njwalters.blogspot.ca/
Twitter https://twitter.com/njwaltersauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NJWaltersAuthor
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Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/author/njwalters
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Karen Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

New Beginnings Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery by Karen Cino

Genre Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 17

After a traumatic event in her life, Connie Acosta heads down to the Jersey Shore to stay with her friend, Sara Mazza, who lives in a fifty-five and over community. For Connie, this is a temporary stop until she figures out what she wants to do.

Connie and Sara have a brief discussion and decide to start the baking business they had spoken about decades before. But things take a dramatic turn when Sara gets Connie involved in a mysterious adventure at the clubhouse.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I’m fourteen years old. I wrote my first short story when I was a freshman in high school. Since then, writing has been my whole life.

What was your first published book?

My first book published was Roses. Roses is a Women’s Fiction Contemporary Romance with Romantic Elements.

Tell us about your writing space or home office.

I recently finished my office adding lights. I bought two new book cases to make that eight bookcases in total. My parents bought me my desk and I put my apple desk top on it. I use it to edit because the screen is big but I write on my laptop.

Anything special about your space?

I can see out the side window and it’s the first office space that I’m completely happy with.

What do you love most about that area?

I love the fact that it has a french door, which I can close and block out the television coming from the other room.

What would like to change about your home office?

I’d like to have all my bookcases in the room with me. I also would love to have one chalk wall so I can make my notes all in one place.

If money was no object, what would your home office look like?

It would like like something out of HGTV. I’d probably hire the Property Brothers to make me a big space with my own wet bar and coffee station!

What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?

I use my printer. I print out whatever a wrote for the day. When I do my edits I have to have a hard copy. I have two prints.

What do you think is a must have for an efficient office?

Most important feature of an efficient office is privacy. Once I get going, there can be a high school band playing behind me and it wouldn’t interrupt me. But I need quiet to start so I can focus.

Are you a writing mom/dad?

My kids are now on their own. But I was a writing mom when I wrote my first seven books.

How do you juggle writing and family?

I always made it a point to find an hour a day to write. I always put myself on a 1000 word a day schedule, which I still keep today. Some days I’ll write 1000 words and other days I can right up to 3000 words. But it essential to have a schedule.

What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?

I’d recommend any of the books the Writers Digest Books. Every one has been a fountain of information to me. I still refer to many of them when I’m stuck. Joining writers groups is another way to learn. I belong to Romance Writers of America, Women Fiction Writers Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. There are so many groups. If your a mystery writer there’s Sisters in Crime. You can find multiple online genres through Romance Writers of America.

What do you like to read for relaxation?

I read women’s fiction, lots of cozy mysteries and you can never go wrong with a Stephen Kind novel.

Do you have an author newsletter?

Yes. If you would like to receive my quarterly newsletter you can sign up here: http://http://bit.ly/2V4OEQL

Where to buy New Beginnings

Publisher Mandolay Press

Amazon https://amzn.to/2GWtUlc

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
Website http://karencino.com
Blog http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y
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Do It Write: Where Taylor Hobbs writes @tayhobbit #RLFblog #timetravel #wanderlustTaylor Hobbs, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

Sonder Village by Taylor Hobbs

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Abandoned for over a hundred years, a small village in northern Spain enchants Remy into purchasing what could be the worst real estate investment of all time. It is located near the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage path renowned for miracles, and the disgraced painter waits for her own revelation while rebuilding the ruins of her village and her life. But this property holds dangerous secrets dating back to a Galician military coup in 1846 that refuse to stay buried.
Bieito is a local fisherman married to the sea, but he becomes enamored with the newly-arrived American artist. His decision to pursue Remy—when he can find her—upsets history’s delicate balance and endangers his family.
Engulfed in a past that no one else can see, Remy must find who—or what—is really in control of her fate, and if she can survive being torn between two worlds.
What was your first published book?
Cloaked was my first published book, also a fantasy romance novel available through The Wild Rose Press. It is about Charlotte, a criminal-in-training, who yearns to crack her mentor’s guarded façade but is unprepared to confront his dark past. As her sense of right and wrong blurs, she discovers just how far she will go for him and the sacrifices he requires. If you want to know more, here is the link: https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/cloaked
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
I’m so excited to share a peek into our quirky liveaboard lifestyle with you all today. This is my writing space! I live on a 38-ft sailboat. All I need is my computer up in the cockpit and I can write. I’ll let you in on a secret: the key is to not be too comfortable when writing. The bench cushions are kind of hard, and sometimes the weather is challenging, but when I am here I guarantee that I’m using my time efficiently. In an air-conditioned office, I would find a million excuses not to draft my 1,000 words for the day. Plus, I have incredible views to inspire me.
Anything special about your space?
Do It Write: Where Taylor Hobbs writes @tayhobbit #RLFblog #timetravel #wanderlustThe beautiful thing about writing on a sailboat is that my view can change. No matter where I go in the world, my cockpit writing space will remain the same, but there will always be a new and exciting adventure whenever I look up. Having this flexibility helps me be more creative with my ideas and characters. I am more willing to think outside the box when both my mind and body can wander freely.
What would like to change about your home office?
Currently, our home base is in North Carolina, but someday soon I hope to write a novel while looking out over crystal clear Caribbean waters, or under the moonlight while on watch during an Atlantic Ocean crossing. Every time my view from my writing space changes, I will have grown as a person and as a writer. “Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.” –Augustus Hare.
Are you a writing mom/dad?
I am a writing mom! I have a beautiful daughter who is about a year and a half old. I finished the first draft of Sonder Village three weeks before I went into labor. I knew if I didn’t finish it before she got here, it would be too hard to come back to.
How do you juggle writing and family?
I’m still working that one out! I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I can only write when my toddler is asleep. I’m sure it will get easier as she gets older and more independent, but right now I am squeezing the productive minutes in whenever I can. It helps that my husband is incredibly supportive and encouraging. He knows writing time is sacred!
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
It was called Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living by Manjula Martin. It is a series of interviews and essays from established and rising authors about how creative people make money. Some big-name contributors include Cheryl Strayed, Nick Hornby, and Jennifer Weiner. It was very eye-opening and showed that everyone’s journey and definition of success is unique!
Do you have an author newsletter?
Not yet but I will be starting one soon! Check out the blog and my Instagram for updates.

Where to buy Sonder Village

Publisher https://www.thewildrosepress.com/books/sonder-village
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QPL4B1W?tag=thewildrosepr-20
Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/409963335/Sonder-Village
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sonder-village-taylor-hobbs/1131303004
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sonder-village

Taylor Hobbs Social Media

I live aboard a 38-ft sailboat named Story Time with my husband, baby girl, and dog. We are a military family and love to travel by sea or air. When I’m not writing, I enjoy doing yoga and planning our next adventure. My debut novel Cloaked is also available through The Wild Rose Press. You can keep up with our crazy life at cannonstocruising.com
Blog https://cannonstocruising.com/
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Twitter https://twitter.com/tayhobbit
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18285850.Taylor_Hobbs
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Hobbs/e/B07QFY7247

 

Do It Write: Where Ruth A Casie writes @RuthACasie #RLFblog #MedievalromanceRuth A Casie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

The Pirate’s Jewel by Ruth A Casie

Genre Medieval Romance, Pirate Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.

What was your first published book?
Knight of Runes was the first book I published in 2011.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.Do It Write: Where Ruth A Casie writes @RuthACasie #RLFblog #Medievalromance
I’m fortunate. I have two writing spaces. With all my children on their own, I took over my younger daughter’s room and made it my executive office. It has everything I want except I feel a bit isolated.
Last year, I put a library table in the living room and set up my laptop. It’s easier to get to the kitchen.
Anything special about your space?
I get a HUGE cup of tea, put on my writing playlist, and start up the fireplace. I’m in heaven.
What do you love most about that area?
I love my office. I love the red wall paper, the Berber carpet, the bookcases. I love everything about that room. I’ve written some of my best stories there.
I also love my space in the living room. The fireplace most of all.
What would like to change about your home office?
I don’t think I would change much in my office, although I would like to put more bookcases in and organize the room more.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
I would make my office look more like a library. I would raise the ceiling and put bookcases up the wall with rolling ladders to get to the top.
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
Verbalize by Damon Suede was the last book about writing that I read.
What do you like to read for relaxation?
I like to read adventure and mystery books in addition to romance.
Do you have an author newsletter?
I have a monthly newsletter that lets my subscribers know what I doing, writing and where I will be. I also highlight other authors whenever I can.

Where to buy The Pirate’s Jewel

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M81Y7HM/

Ruth A Casie Social Media

Hi – I’m Ruth A Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
Here are five things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I filled my passport up in one year.
2. I have three series. The Druid Knight stories are a historical time travel series. The Stelton Legacy is historical fantasy about the seven sons of a seventh son. Havenport Romances are stories set in a small coast Rhode Island town. I also write stories in the connected world the Pirates of Britannia.
3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
4. When I cook I dance.
5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom. I’m not saying anything else about that.
My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Their stories will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my stories become your favorite adventures.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author.
Website https://ruthacasie.com/
Blog http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/RuthACasie
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/ruthacasie/
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-A.-Casie/e/B005V0YEVU/
Newsletter http://ruthacasie.com/contact.html#newsletter

 

Do It Write: Where Livia Quinn writes @liviiaquinn #RLFblog #MilitaryRomanceLivia Quinn, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

When the Right One Comes Along by Livia Quinn

Genre Small town military romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Love happens when you least expect it, even when it’s the last thing you’re looking for.
Former Army Ranger, Ridge Romano lost his brother John to the war, but not on the battlefield. After returning home with PTSD and, like so many soldiers, experiencing the loss of his identity and purpose, he committed suicide leaving behind a grieving wife and child. Early on, Ridge was recruited by the Army for his work in bionics eventually putting them on the forefront of drone technology. Now, the CEO of MedBionics, Ridge is on a mission to ensure John’s death was not in vain. He’s in DC meeting with Congress about an revolutionary veterans’ project. With a “yes” vote on the big bill, his Consortium, MiliCare, will take over the care of his fellow soldiers and their families. But an impulsive act of folly and one night with one very special woman – complete with photographs – put the contract and his dreams in danger.
At the DC convention, photographer and former fashion model, Buffy Calloway finds the “Face” of her new franchise, the Calloway Studio and Casting agency, which will provide models, marketing and photography to designers and movie studios. The tall, dark and intense man she finds is everything she’s been looking for. He’s “the one” but after discovering his noble goals, there seems to be no path to a meeting of the minds (or their hearts).
Can two very different people whose goals are at odds find a way to have it all?
How long have you been writing?Do It Write: Where Livia Quinn writes @liviiaquinn #RLFblog #MilitaryRomance
I’ve had a pen in my hand since I was a kid waiting for a story to put on paper but didn’t start writing fiction toward publication until the summer of Katrina, the hurricane that nit the gulf coast in 2005.
What was your first published book?
Fire in my Blood in 2012 which has since been revised and renamed Undone.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
A new neighbor moved in and offered me the portable building that was used as a “camp”. It sits by the bayou on the hill, decorated with my favorite things, my story boards, sculptures a friend made me. It’s not fancy but quiet and quaint and the scenery is soothing. I love it. This is my desk I recently fancied up to sooth my psyche a bit.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
Something like one of the gorgeous libraries with walls of books and intricately painted ceilings I saw in England last year that made me want to sit in them and write.
What office equipment do you use most, other than your computer?
My notebook and an Inkjoy pen, my Olympus recorder and Dragon Dictate. I handwrite the new scenes in the tub, record them onto the recorder, transcribe and copy into Scrivener. (That’s the VERY rough draft.)
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
Novel Shortcuts by Laura Whitcomb. It’s excellent, especially about writing back cover copy as a short synopsis when beginning a new book.
Do you have an author newsletter?
Yes. I’d love to hear from readers at either my email below or you can sign up for my occasional newsletter for new release alerts.

Where to buy When the Right One Comes Along

Books 2 Read https://books2read.com/whentheright1
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GMW5D6R
Amazon CA. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07GMW5D6R
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.com.uk/dp/B07GMW5D6R
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07GMW5D6R
Apple Books https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1431549772
Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1129351066
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/when-the-right-one-comes-along-6
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41796050
Walmart www.walmart.com/ip/When-the-Right-One-Comes-Along-eBook/908125762

Livia Quinn Social Media

Livia moved from D.C. to Louisiana where the weather and culture of the region inspired her writing, including her storm faerie, Tempest, and her contemporary romance series, The Calloways of Rainbow Bayou. She’s stored up fodder from her jobs as mail lady, salesperson, plant manager, business owner and professional singer to share with readers. Think of her as her characters’ biographer! On the bayou, she is protected from the alligators and bears by her husband and feisty Pomeranian, Dusty.
Books2read author page https://www.books2read.com/ap/x2gD7R/Livia-Quinn
Website: http://liviaquinn.com
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Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceLyndell Williams, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Before we talk about your office, please tell us about your latest book.

My Way to You by Lyndell Williams

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual–until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing in varying capacities since I started writing for my college newsletter. Once I got bit with the writing bug, I expanded into writing for online publications as well as writing essays for a literary journal, books, and peer-reviewed articles.
This year, I had several short stories published in collections and published my first novel.
What was your first published book?
My Way to You is my first novel. It is an interracial romance about an Asian American lawyer who falls in love with an African American pro-Black blogger. They have to learn to comfort each other as each encounters levels of racial microaggressions from society. They also have to worry about her big brother finding out, who would not appreciate his best friend and little sister dating.
Tell us about your writing space or home office.
My writing space is in a corner of my bedroom in our family’s cozy cape. I bought one of those affordable big box store tables and a swivel chair to stake my claim. The table hosts my laptop (pc of course) with an attached keyboard and second monitor. My writing demand requires an ability to work from multiple screens.
I also have a wonderful lamp I got from my daughter as a gift. It has multiple settings, which is great when I’m trying to work at 4 a.m. while my husband sleeps.
Anything special about your space?
My space is also “mommy central.” Because I try to get writing done during a day packed with mothering 6 kids and homeschooling as well as communicating with colleagues and students, I have a bunch of non-writing supplies, such as combs and brushes to do my little one’s hair and moisturizing butter to keep everyone’s skin smooth.
What do you love most about that area?
It’s where the magic happens. There is something about being there that helps trigger my creativity. I can get work done in other places. I’ve written chapters and articles on my cell phone, but nothing gets as ready to write as sitting at my desk with a cup of coffee.
What would like to change about your home office?
Do It Write: Where Lyndell Williams writes @laylawriteslove #RLFblog #contemporaryromanceI would like for it to be an actual office with a lock and guard dog sitting outside. One of the biggest challenges in having a corner and not an office is blocking out the world, especially a tenacious pack of kids determined to make your writing time theirs.
I think one of the things I most need is a full space with my books and research. I’m eyeing my oldest son’s bedroom. When he’s finished with college, he’s gonna have to spread his wings so I can get my office.
If money was no object, what would your home office look like?
It wouldn’t be a matter of what but who. I so need an assistant. My scheduling skills are so out of whack, and I need someone to help me keep an organized content calendar for the multiple blogs I manage and manage my time to get semester grading done, progress in writing my next book and contribute to the list of projects I’m committed to completing.
My home office would like a regular one because I would have an assistant with a desk.
How do you juggle writing and family?
I don’t know how to juggle. I drop a bunch of balls all of the time. Fortunately, I have a great husband who makes sure I get out of my chair and spend some time with the family. He’s also awesome at picking up the slack at home despite working 90 hours a week himself.
If I find myself with an immediate deadline, I can count on him to help out around the house so I can keep those keys clicking. It’s extremely important. I couldn’t do any of my work if he didn’t.
What’s the last book about writing that you read?
That would be the Associated Press Stylebook. I kid you not. I write a lot of online articles, so I need that by my side.
I also get into friendly skirmishes with fellow writers about things like the Oxford comma, so I use it for ammunition.
What book or books about writing do you recommend for new authors?
The Best Punctuation Book, Period is pretty great. The author, June Casagrande has a lot of great books on writing.
What do you like to read for relaxation?
I enjoy reading other romance authors. I’ve become hooked on Black women romance authors like Twyla Turner, Love Journey, Reana Malori and Aubree Pynn. They introduce readers to some culturally-specific romance and explore some topics and corners from which other romance authors might not.
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