Shannon here: Historical Romance author, Darlene Franklin guides a tour of her office in the nursing home where she lives. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy of Valiant Hearts, a collection of nine historical romances, including Darlene’s contribution – Buttons for Birdie. Deadline: June 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Darlene:
I once had my dream office—one room completed dedicated to writing books: bookshelves (three), file cabinets (two), large desk with computer and printer station. It was perennially messy, but everything was within reach.
Then I moved into a nursing home. Now this is my office:
After three years of books in boxes, I again have a bookshelf: at last I get to show off all my books. Those are all books I’ve written, except for the Bibles, of course.
What’s strange is, it’s almost better. Instead of everything within reach, I have everything at my fingertips. I enjoy my Kindle reader, but could read books on my computer if I had to.
I bet your office is a lot like mine:
- Drink cup, for the ever present coke or coffee to keep my brain cells going
- A datebook to keep track of deadlines and appointments
- A bag for snacks and pens
- A notebook for “to do” notes, shopping lists, contacts
- Eyeglass holder, so they don’t fall on the ground and get crushed
- My wireless internet connection
- A prayer journal (the Bible’s on the Kindle)
- A word search book for play
- A Kindle reader for my latest reading pleasure (currently Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan)
I used to have a TV remote on my table until the television went on the fritz.
All of that—in one somewhat tidy pile.
What inspires romance in my writing nook? I could point to the obvious—pictures of family and collages of my daughter’s poetry with photos. It also comes in the word search books—believe it or not, a single word search on state flowers led to a 50-novella collection from Forget Me Not Romance called American State Flowers. (Mine will be Colorado Columbine.) I may catch a headline on the computer or see a quote on Facebook. Sometimes it’s in my quiet time. Did you know the Bible talks about Zombies? “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh. . .” (Psalm 27:2). That’s not romance, but if I were inclined to that kind of story . . . Just sayin’
I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to my writing space today.
Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.
About the book – Buttons for Birdie, Darlene’s contribution to Valiant Hearts:
Birdie Landry, recently delivered from the life of a soiled dove, is determined to make it on her own without help from anyone—especially a man. She has found purpose in seeking to help others in the life to escape, but she lacks the funds to make it possible. How can storekeeper Ned Finnegan overcome her barriers and win her heart?
Question for Readers: What does your work space look like? Or your former workspace? Even your crafting space?