Saturday, August 25, 2012

Writers Workplace: Winnie Griggs and Giveaway


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!


15 comments:

  1. Funny. Comment seems to have vanished. Hi Winnie, thanks for sharing about your story. I'd love to know what lie you are going to tell to give away your book. Still using the info you gave us on the Harlequin boards. Thanks

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  2. LOL - sorry about the type-o. I should have checked closer before turning it in.

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  3. How nice it must have been to have a home office. My diningroom doubles as a study & I'm always using it for the computer, paperwork and also for making a quilt. Have a very small house so I need to get creative in how to use it.

    I missed Handpicked Husband the first time round. Like the love inspired books & it sounds like yours is an interesting story. Would love to read it :)

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    1. Oooh, you're a quilter - such a wonderful talent to have. I've made exactly one quilt in my life and it took me two years to complete. I have so much respect for those who make these handstitched pieces of art

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  4. I like your office on the dining room table, it's my style, my creativity works better in a more casual environment than at a desk.

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    1. Me too! I really don't miss having a formal office - did that in my 8:00-5:00 job for too many years to contemplate. The dining room table works just right for me.

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  5. I'm glad through all the changes over the years that you never stopped writing! My house is like that to, the kids take over the house and I got to take control and fight for my space.
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Jennifer, kids sure do have a way of taking over don't they LOL.

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  6. Hi Winnie, Right now I am using a tv tray for my research and book shelf! Perhaps one day I will "graduate" to the dining room table! Love your books and always pass them along to my mom. Look forward to more!

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    1. Jana - thanks so much for the kind words about my books! And I've worked on my share of TV trays in my day :)

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    1. Sherri, are you referring to me or my workplace LOL

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  8. Hi Winnie, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a multi-tasking/multi-purpose office. Mine is a writing office/studio/scrap-booking/craft/storage room.

    I have a secretary desk just like the one in the second picture, it was my grandmother's, but it's not in my office. In my office I have a large oak editors' desk I bought from the local newspaper when they moved to a new building. It was made in 1923 and is about as big as a dining room table, and is filled up with my writing stuff.

    Texas Grooms sounds like a wonderful series. I'm looking forward to it.

    Christy aka chrissiesue

    christy at christy olesen dot com

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    1. Christy - I'm jealous! I love those old editors' desks! And they really made them sturdy and solid back then

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  9. Thanks everyone for the many fun comments. I threw everyone's name in a hat and the winner is Jennifer.

    Congratulations Jennifer! If you'll contact me via my website with your mailing address I'll get a book right out to you!

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