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Writers’ Spaces: Jill Lynn

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 Lynn HeadshotJill Lynn is a fellow Love Inspired author whose debut novel, Falling for Texas, is on the shelves this month. Jill and I are Facebook friends, who met in person at last year’s ACFW conference. She has the most amazing smile.

Jill Lynn writes contemporary inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired, with her first book, Falling for Texas, available now. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Bethel University and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2013, Jill won the ACFW Genesis award. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two young children and has a penchant for great books, boots, and thrift stores. Connect with her at Jill-Lynn.com, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on Pinterest.

Tell us about your writing space.

I’m usually running errands or popping into school for various kid’s activities, so I often write at Panera. That way, I’m not wasting time driving home. Although, I am forced to eat food like this… and that is a hardship.

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That looks fabulous. I can see why you like to hang out here. What makes it special for you?

Panera has all the comforts of home without any of the distractions… a nice arm chair, which I prefer. A fireplace. And no temptation to do laundry or clean like I’d have at home. Okay, I probably wouldn’t really be tempted, but it’s a nice thought.

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I want to curl up in one of those chairs with a cup of tea and a good book. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

Food, food, food. Did I mention I like food? And coffee.

Look at this…

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It’s a virtual coffee buffet. Dark roast. Light roast. Decaf. Sometimes when I’m feeling really crazy, I mix decaf and regular. I’m a wild child.

What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

Did I mention coffee? That and my laptop are pretty much the only things I need to dive in. Headphones are a plus for when I need to drown out annoying Panera conversations around me. And water. I love water. Lately, I’ve been asking for the larger water cup at Panera. They just smile at me like I’m in some kind of super cool club. Which I pretty much am. The water drinker club. With a twist. And by that I mean a lemon.

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I’m a bottle-carrying member of the water club, too…with a twist of lemon. Share a typical writing day.

First I drive the kids to school. If I need to be out and about during the day, I head over to Panera and start working, squeezing in whatever time I can until the next activity calls me. On days I have open, I head home to write. We don’t have an office, though we’re hoping to remedy that by combining one with our guest room. If I’m home, I write in the living room. I do actually pick up the kitchen and throw in a load of laundry on these days… most of the time.

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I have a very similar chair and ottoman in my living room where I write…usually with my dog on my lap. If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

I’d love an attic space that’s been transformed into a writing nook. Wood floors, a great comfy chair, slanted ceilings, and a nice window seat. I don’t ask for much.

My dream is to transform our attic into my writing space. It has most of those things, but it needs heat! Tell us a little about your latest release.

Cover- Falling for Texas - Jill LynnFalling for Texas is about a Colorado girl who moves to Texas hoping to leave the past behind. She agrees to tutor one of her volleyball players, and the girl’s older brother captures her attention. Despite both of their attempts to keep things at friendship level, their stubborn hearts tumble toward love.

Falling for Texas on Kindle & Nook.

Raising his orphaned teenage sister isn’t easy for Texas rancher Cash Maddox. The girl tests his parenting—and patience—at every turn! But when he asks new teacher Olivia Grayson for help with his sister’s grades and attitude, Cash realizes he’s facing the toughest trial of all. He made a promise that he wouldn’t date and get distracted from his mission of being a good father figure. Yet Olivia’s quick wit is drawing him unexpectedly closer to the caring beauty every day. Could it be time to make a new vow…one that’ll last a lifetime?

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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: 

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