Pink Heart Society is delighted to welcome Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs to Writers Workplace. Take it away Winnie!
Once upon a time (which is how all good fairytales start), before I was ever published or ever dreamed I would ever see my books in print, I had a home office. It wasn’t a big room and it didn’t have a door you could close, but it was mine and I had a large desk for my computer, a comfortable chair and a wall of bookcases. This served me quite well until my four children reached the pre-teen stage and started taking over more and more of the house. Without doors the room became a center of activity and my working time was relegated to after everyone was asleep, and I spent a lot of that time stepping over toys and other kidlet detritus and ephemera. Today this room serves as my husband’s TV room, though my bookcases and wi-fi printer are still there. Here is what it looks like today.
About that time we did some serious remodeling to our house and the result was another nook-of-a-room that I laid claim to. My children were older by then and were not so into toys or even looking for quality time with good old mom so that worked for a while. But then there came a time when we had to combine the belongings of two households into one and my office was ‘temporarily’ co-opted for overflow storage. Here is what it looks like 5 years later
At that point my kids were more or less moved out and on their own, so family meals were a thing of the past. This gave me the freedom to use the dining room table as my new desk. I’ve discovered I like it there - plenty of room to spread out all my research and notes while I’m working. Although my husband occasionally grumbles about having to shovel off the table to find a place to eat, it has worked out quite well for me.
So there you have it. My reference and keeper books, along with my printer and printer supplies are still in my first office, my file cabinets are still in my second office, and I am currently working quite happily at my dining room table.
There is another wall of bookshelves that have invaded my daughter’s bedroom since she moved out, but let’s not go there today...
I love hearing from readers. You can find excerpts, reviews and info on upcoming releases on my website at www.winniegriggs.com. You can also find me on Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.
My upcoming September release, Handpicked Husband, is a refresh of an older book, Lady’s Choice. It’s been tightened and updated with fresh scenes to fit the Love Inspired Historical lines. Since I’m finally writing stories for the other three men featured in this book, my Texas Grooms series, this will give any of you who missed it the first time around to get a look at how it all started.
And to celebrate this upcoming release, I’d lie to give away a signed copy today to one lucky commenter!