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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Susan Crawford

Writer Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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Susan Crawford photoI met Susan Crawford through My Book Therapy and ACFW. She has a sweet spirit and a quick smile. I was honored to be asked to endorse her debut novel, Saving Justice. Susan is an author of inspirational contemporary romance, published by Redbud Press. Before publication, her debut novel Saving Justice was named a finalist in the 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis writing contest. She lives in Oklahoma City, where she happily crams writing in between being a wife, mom, and small business owner. Connect with her online: website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Susan, so glad to have you sharing with us today. Tell us about your writing space.

Well, my official answer is that it’s this awesome space in a corner of my bedroom. A couple of months ago, my husband built me a desk and created this area for all of my creative pursuits. It has a computer for writing, a Cricut for crafting, and is surrounded by books and colorful art. I absolutely love it, but when he put it all together I was in the middle of writing a rough draft, and for some reason my brain couldn’t make the transition. Every time I tried to write at the desk, I couldn’t come up with the words, so I went back to sitting on my bed, five feet away (with my wonky laptop that turns off every seven minutes and is missing the “C” key). When I start my next book, though, I’m going to train my brain to work there because I really love it!

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I share my writing space with my crafting, too…complete with a Cricut. What makes it special for you?

The fact that my husband built the desk and bookcases and arranged the whole area is the most special thing about it. He’s always been so supportive of my writing and wanted to create a place for me to work. I also think he wanted a place to store the stacks of writing craft books I had laying all over the house, but he didn’t say it out loud because he’s sweet like that.

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What a sweet expression of love! Your space is lovely. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

The artwork. I’m not a fantastic artist by any stretch of the imagination, but the Lord awakened this creative desire in me and I started painting about a year ago. I just love the colors, and those pieces remind me that it’s never too late to start something new.

That’s so cool! What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

My computer (“C” key optional) and absolute, total silence. Some people can write with music playing or with other people in the room, but I am not one of them. I can’t focus if anything else is going on. I’ve tried to write in coffee shops, but the only thing I accomplished was drinking a lot of coffee and eating too many pastries.

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Share a typical writing day.

I have a day job and an active family to schedule around, so I cram writing in whenever I can. The only thing that’s consistent in my routine is that I start with prayer—there’s no way I could write anything if God didn’t show up to help me. But on the days that I do happen to get a block of several hours, I try to get the actual writing done first. I’m the world’s greatest avoider, so the sooner I get the words on the page, the better. Then I can move on to editing or marketing or whatever else needs to be done.

If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

Somewhere warm. Maybe a little beach house with a view of the ocean. As long as there were no people walking around or making noise on said beach. 🙂

I totally hear you about wanting to be someplace warm. And, I’d totally go for the beach house with an ocean view, also. Tell us a little about your latest release.
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Saving Justice is my debut novel, which just released yesterday. It’s about an elementary schoolteacher who’s on a mission to help an at-risk student and an entrepreneur who has gone to great lengths to overcome the poverty he grew up in.

Susan, thank you for sharing your writing space with us today.

Readers, you can buy Susan Crawford’s Saving Justice on Amazon. Just for fun–what are your favorite creative pursuits?

Lisa Jordan
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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Jill Kemerer

Writer Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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Jill KemererI’m super excited to have friend, agency mate, and fellow Love Inspired author Jill Kemerer sharing her writing space today. Jill Kemerer writes Christian romance novels with love, humor and faith. Her debut novel, Small-Town Bachelor, releases April 1, 2015 through Harlequin Love Inspired. Jill loves coffee, M&M’s, fluffy animals, magazines and her hilarious family. Visit her website, jillkemerer.com, and connect with Jill on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Jill, so excited to hang out with you today. Tell us about your writing space.

Everyone dreams about a corner office with a view, right? Well, I have it! Almost three years ago, we moved into a lovely four bedroom home. Our kids chose their bedrooms, and I was shocked when no one wanted the corner room. I happily painted it a pretty peach color and filled it with my writing essentials.

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It’s such a relaxing shade. What makes it special for you?

It’s the one spot in our house that’s all mine! I hung my favorite pictures on the walls and organized the shelves and desk the way I wanted them. I love that I can shut the door and feel professional.

I totally get the need to have a space that’s all yours. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

My bulletin board makes me smile. I post inspirational pictures, quotes, Bible passages, writing helps and a baggie of M&M’s on that board!

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Ok, you had me at M&M’s. What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

My laptop, wireless mouse and The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale.

Share a typical writing day.

After I send the kids off to school, I spend time reading the Bible and praying. This is when the coffee kicks in. I’m not much of a morning person, so I ease into writing with an hour of administrative work, such as checking emails and social media sites. Around 11am I’m ready to plot, write or revise, and I do this until 5pm with a few breaks in between.

If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

I’m pretty happy where I’m at! But a little cottage on Lake Michigan would be amazing.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Small-Town-Bachelor-Cover-smallSmall-Town Bachelor is my debut novel, published through Harlequin™ Love Inspired. After a tornado destroys her sister’s wedding, Claire Sheffield settles injured best man, Reed Hamilton, into the cottage next door. As they work together to rebuild Lake Endwell, Reed must face family issues from his past while Claire is torn between a zoo job with her beloved otters or the hero she’s grown to love.

 

Jill, your cover is gorgeous! Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse into your writing world. I’m eager to read your debut novel!

Readers, be sure to buy Jill’s debut novel! Also, what’s your favorite type of M&M’s? If you’re not an M&M’s fan, what’s your favorite snack food?

Lisa Jordan
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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Rachel Hauck

Writer Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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MePhotoBooth4I met Rachel Hauck at ACFW in 2008, I believe. I have the honor and privilege of calling her mentor and friend. She speaks such Truth into my heart. Her laugh is infectious, and she has a beautiful singing voice. She lives her life full of joy.

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince.

She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals.

A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel worked in the corporate software world before planting her backside in an uncomfortable chair to write full-time in 2004.

She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and leads worship at their annual conference. She is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker.

Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets, and writes from her two-story tower in an exceedingly more comfy chair. She is a huge Buckeyes football fan.

Find her online at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Rachel, so thrilled to have you today. Tell us about your writing space. 

I love my writing space. It’s a two story, octagon shaped room off the back of our house. Hubby works on the bottom floor, me on the second. There’s a copula at the top that lets in all the light. The floors and trim are hardwood, and tucked up under the ceiling is a strand of multi-colored LED lights. The room was designed by a friend of ours who so generously “gave it up” when he returned to work at Pixar.

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It’s gorgeous! What makes it special for you?

The space is beautiful. Warm and inviting. When I sit at my desk, I can see the leafy green trees of the backyard so it’s almost like working in a tree house!

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I love the way the sunlight caresses your desk. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

All of it makes me smile!

I can see why. What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

Maybe something to drink. A lot of times I put on worship music in the back ground to get started. But it’s not a must-have. My biggest must-have is the determination to get the job done for the day!

You’re one of the most determined writers I know. Share a typical writing day.  

I usually work out in the morning, have time with the Lord, take care of errands, or household chores before getting down to work. My goal is to be upstairs, back-side in the chair by Noon. Usually there some ratting around on email and social media before getting down to work. Once focused, I can write 2000 words in a few hours. But some how it seems to require a bunch of “drifting” and “day dreaming” involved.

I totally hear you on the daydreaming. If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

I might have a mountain view but I love my writing space. I’m very happy!

I’d be very happy in your space, too. Tell us a little about your latest release.

How to Catch a Prince_KD1How To Catch A Prince is the third in the Royal Wedding Series looking at the life of a Prince and an American Heiress. This book is a bit darker than the others as I delved into the effects of war both hero and heroine are dealing with. There’s a fun fairytale story thread that kind of sews it all together. I think it’ll be a fun read for royal fans.

Rachel, thank you for giving us a peek inside your writing world! Readers, would you prefer a beach view or a mountain view for your writing space?

Lisa Jordan
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