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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Jessica R. Patch

Writers 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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Jess color headshotJessica R. Patch is one of the funniest people I know–ask her about the time she prayed with her husband in church. Add in her sweet spirit, sunny disposition, and her incredible love for the Lord, and you have a friend for life. I love her to pieces. Plus, we’re fellow agency mates and Love Inspired authors.
She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense when she’s not talking friends into going on adventures in the name of research or watching way too much Netflix. Her debut novel with Love Inspired Suspense releases in early 2016.
You can connect with Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.
Jess, so glad you’re hanging out with me today. Tell us about your writing space.

My writing space is a cozy corner by my bed. I don’t have a separate room for an office so this works out nicely. Just my desk, my comfy office chair and everything I need to work!

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I love how you’ve created a cozy writing space. What makes it special for you?

I’m here so often, it’s my one little place all to myself. During the day, it’s quiet because my children are at school and my husband is at work, so I don’t have to worry about interruptions.

I totally understand about interruptions. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

Probably my bulletin board. When I look up, I see a few things that make me happy such as the people I pray for across the world. Project Rescue is a ministry dear to my heart so I love looking at that and it reminds me to pray. The people I’ve sent Bibles to, two post cards from missionary friends, Scripture verses I pray before I write, and a couple of mementos made by friends.

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I love your bulletin board. What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

I need my Spotify playlist going, post-it notes, and a clean desk. I hate writing when it’s cluttered!

I can’t stand a cluttered desk when I write, either. Share a typical writing day.

I get home around 7:30 a.m. from taking my kids to school and I spend about an hour doing housework and forcing myself on the treadmill. I write better when I know my house is clean or at least straight. I’m at my computer by ten at the latest and I write straight on until I leave to pick my kids up at 2 p.m. (of course I take breaks for social media, food, and hot tea since my doctor won’t let me have coffee anymore—the jerk 🙂 )After my kids get home and settled, I write about another hour before it’s time to fix dinner. I write 5-6 days a week on average.

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

I would choose a room that looked out into the woods and opened up to a screened-in porch. I’d want a couch and a comfy chair, and enough wall space to hold my monster white board and book covers! 🙂

Definitely! Tell us a little about your latest release.

Just the Way You Are - High ResolutionRight now, my second novella Just the Way You Are is FREE to newsletter subscribers, but only until April 22nd. It will then be available for purchase on Amazon. So sign up! Here’s a little bit about the story:

When Pastor Gabe asks Audrey Gilbraith to use her mad florist skills to help him design a prayer garden, she’s all in, especially since it helps take her mind off the fact she’s about to lose her job and her apartment. But working closely with Gabe and not falling for him is complicated. She’s not pastor’s wife material, and she has the past to prove it. Gabriel Brookson wants out of Audrey’s friend-zone, but when he pursues her romantically, he ruffles more than a few feathers in his congregation. How much is he willing to give up for this wonderful, quirky woman, and will Audrey accept him if he risks it all?

Jessica, thanks so much for sharing your space with us today! Readers, remember to subscribe to Jess’s newsletter to receive this fun novella with the great cover before time runs out! 

Readers, Jessica has a heart for Project Rescue. What mission or charity tugs at your heart?

Lisa Jordan
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Guest Blogger Jessica Patch: Nothing Says I Love You Like Dog Poo

I met Jessica R. Patch online through her hilarious, yet spiritually moving blog, What Are You Doing Here. She’s one whom I can’t wait to meet in person. Her posts make me LOL and nearly bring me to tears. And I always leave with some nugget of wisdom. 

Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance with plenty of mystery and suspense. A passion to draw women into intimacy with God keeps her motivated, along with heaping cups of caffeine in the form of coffee. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or speaking to a women’s group, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, embarrassing her daughter in unique ways, beating her son at board games and contemplating how to get rid of her irksome dog (she hasn’t attempted any of them…yet). She is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Agency.

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I woke up early, on purpose. Bible study, coffee, and reading a few blogs before Zumba and work. My husband was ten minutes to giving me my morning kiss and heading off to his job.

Naturally, my dog gets up when I do. I don’t know why. I’m an animal tolerate. I want to be an animal person. I’m just not.

I let her out to do her morning biz and proceeded to the brewed heaven. Before I had the chance to take a sip, Sarah (my dog) is at the door, nose to the glass ready to come in. But I notice something about my little Schnauzer/terrier mix. Something is clinging to her backside. A lot of something.

Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t let her in! But…

I go into the bathroom, hubby is standing at the sink–khakis, bare chest, a smidge of shaving cream still lingering behind his ear. “The dog has poop stuck to her butt.”

He looked at me through the mirror. “Ok.”

He makes no mention to help me out. I go back to the kitchen grab a wad of paper towels, roll up the sleeves to my picked, but favorite robe and step outside. “I hate you,” I muttered. I tried to pull it off, but it smeared into her fur. I gagged. Wiped.

Then puked all over my patio.

I came inside, turned on the water, rinsed my mouth and hubby came in and saw me. He was already running late. I fell against the wall, pulled a perfect Lucille Ball….waaaaaah! “I didn’t sign up for this!”

He went outside, got the dog and brought her in. Then he washed away the filth, cut off some funky hair and said, “I didn’t either. But I love you… Throw the scissors away.”

I sniffed, wiped my eyes and kissed my husband good bye.

And I realized the honeymoon is over, but my husband is still deeply in love with me. What else could it be?

And then I thought about God. Isn’t that the kind of love He has for us? When no one else wants to let us in because we’re full of filth and stankiness, He does. He loves us enough to not puke on the patio. To cut wash us clean, and to cut away funky “hair.”

When the poo hits the fan, that’s when love it tested. Or in my case, when the poo hits my dog’s butt.

Your Turn: What has your spouse or loved one done for you to show real love?

Lisa Jordan
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