Every once in a while, I try to come up with a new feature for my blog, so it doesn’t get boring. I thought maybe readers would like to see where writers create all that romance that goes into their books. So, I’ll go first: tour my office and get a chance to win a copy of Arkansas Weddings. This is a 3 in 1 that includes White Roses, White Doves, and White Pearls all in one volume. If you’ve never won any of my White titles, you’re eligible for the drawing. If you own any of those titles and want to comment anyway–if you win the drawing, I’ll send you a copy of Rodeo Hero. Deadline: Sept 28th, 11:59 pm central time.
Over the years, my office has moved around a bit. I started with an old wooden desk we bought at a yard sale. It wasn’t pretty, but it was huge. It was in the front corner of our living room with my white wicker furniture. That picture below is one of my favorites. I was writing my very first book back in 1999. I didn’t even know my husband had taken the picture until I got our film developed. Yep, back then, you had to get film developed. Another reason it’s my favorite is because that first book I wrote so long ago releases in November. Back then, it got fifty-two rejections. It’s completely rewritten now that I half-way know what I’m doing.
After my husband answered the call to preach, we converted our den into a joint office for both of us. We painted the walls a dark sage green. He had lots of ships and I had seashells. I put up palm tree border to try to make our styles blend. I didn’t like it. It was too dark for me, but I did enjoy sharing an office with him creating sermons at his desk and me creating fictional characters at mine. By this time I had bought two dark wood desks and arranged them in an L-shape.
When my husband became a full time pastor, he started doing most of his sermons at the church. He didn’t really need a home office as much as he needed a place he could talk privately with church members seeking his counsel. So, we redid our joint office with all the dark manly things he likes. He calls it a den again—I call it a man cave.
And I moved back into the front corner of our living room. He got me a new white desk for Christmas to go with my wicker. I painted my corner in one of my favorite pastel colors – seafoam, put up seashell border, and cluttered it with gifts, family pictures, and books that inspire me. Since I love to sew home decor, I made my curtains and recovered my wicker to match in peach stripes and seafoam stripes. I really love my new office and don’t plan on moving again.
I’ve been feeling crafty since I finished my last deadline and decided to get my husband to help me make a sign for my office. I searched the internet for something to put on my sign. I found, Will Work for Peanuts. Since everyone thinks writers make lots of money, but we don’t unless we hit the best-seller list several times, I did my own take on the old saying. Since I have seashells all over my office, I decided I write for seashells. I also saw a nifty picture at a flea market using seashells, burlap, and small roping and decided I could make it. My husband cut the pieces of wood for me and I went to work. The sign is above the window behind my desk and I made two shell pictures to go with it.
A few things in my office that inspire me:
A blue sequin hat just like the one my heroine wears in my November release, Rodeo Queen.
A cotton boll. My parents picked cotton when they were growing up. I’m thankful I didn’t.
The ballerina that came off my ninth birthday cake.
A Noah’s Ark music box statue that was in my son’s nursery.
A picture of a seashore my mom got me before I was published. It says:
When you find a dream
inside your heart
don’t ever let it go. . .
are the tiny seeds
from which tomorrows grow. . .
I read that poem a lot during the years I was getting rejections. Now it’s a reminder that I achieved my dream.
About Shannon: Central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/writer. Her seven published titles are with Heartsong Presents with two more titles in the future.
Her awards include Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, #3 Favorite New Heartsong Author, and #1 Favorite New Heartsong Title.
Vannatter’s titles: White Roses, White Doves, White Pearls, Rodeo Dust, Rodeo Hero, Rodeo Ashes, and Rodeo Regrets are available through the Heartsong book club, amazon.com, harlequin.com, barbour.com, christianbook.com, and barnesandnoble.com. Arkansas Weddings, her latest title is a 3 in 1 volume including all three White titles and is available wherever books are sold.
About the book – Arkansas Weddings:
Love’s never easy in three Arkansas romances.
Pastor Grayson loves his wife. The problem is, Sara was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago. He knows he needs to move on, but it’s not until florist Adrea Welch arrives at his church that the seeds of healing are planted in his heart.
Laken left home eight years ago and never looked back. Who knew when she applied for the promotion to postmaster that she’d end up in Romance, Arkansas, and much too close to her past—and Hayden Winters?
Shell doesn’t have a good reputation. But no matter what everyone in Rose Bud, Arkansas, thinks of her, she’s back in town with a job to do. Ryler also has reasons for being in Rose Bud, and they don’t include Shell.
But God’s love can soften the hardest heart and overcome the darkest past. These hearts may not know it, but they’re about to change.
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Come back September 18th for a glimpse of how I helped hubby create his man cave!