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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.

Jill Kemerer Office 2

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!

Jill Kemerer Office 1

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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Why We Renewed Our Vows (+ Valentine’s Giveaway)

DSC04306This past October, Hubby and I celebrated our 25th anniversary by renewing our marriage vows in front of family & friends at our church.

We chose to renew our vows for one simple reason–we wanted to reaffirm those promises we said so many years ago…years that have been shaped, refined and molded by laughter, by tears, and by standing together to face the many challenges that came our way.

Our courtship was quite unique. We met in May 1988 when Hubby came into the family restaurant where I had been working as a waitress for the summer. The moment I saw him, I knew my life was about to change. He had a presence about him and the way he carried himself that exuded confidence…he still has it. We became friends, and we communicated long distance for a couple of months by writing letters. Then he came home on leave, and we started dating. By that time, I was so in love with this man who made my heart swoon. I knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

We talked about a traditional wedding, set a date, and started making plans,. I even picked out the most beautiful wedding gown. Then we realized we didn’t want to want another six months to get married.

Wedding photo copyWe chose to elope three weeks after getting engaged. I wore peach, he wore gray, and we promised to love, honor and cherish one another in front of a judge, two friends, and the judge’s secretary. I tell people it may not have been my dream wedding, but I married the man perfect for me.

Like most married couples, our relationship hasn’t always been the fairy tale. We experienced challenges that could have broken us, but we refused to give up. Instead, we worked hard to turn those trials into triumphs. We’ve used the life lessons from our mistakes to help us to become a stronger couple and better parents to our incredible sons.

The beauty of the past twenty-five years is knowing the young love we first shared has matured into a deep-seated devotion that will outlast anything life hurls our way. Each day I spend with him is an incredible gift, and I’m so blessed.

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I’m teaming up with fellow Love Inspired authors Jill Lynn and Jill Kemerer, fellow Books & Such client Jennifer Major, and romance author Jen Turano for a Valentine’s Giveaway.

Valentine's Giveaway finalThe giveaway includes:

  • After a Fashion by Jen Turano
  • A Recipe for Romance collection by Jill Kememer
  • Falling for Texas by Jill Lynn (her debut novel–Yay!!)
  • Lakeside Redemption by Lisa Jordan
  • Hand-stamped cards
  • Chocolate
  • $10 Starbucks gift card

Enter here for your chance to win: 

Lisa Jordan
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