Saturday, December 06, 2014

Writer's Workspace (or Lack Thereof) - Lisa Marie Perry

We're delighted to have Lisa Marie Perry with us at the Pink Heart Society, talking about what happens when life throws you a curveball...
When the lovely Pink Heart Society gals invited me over for a chat, I’d planned to write something wonderful about my workspace—particularly about my desk where all the magic happens. But best-laid plans have a strange way of unravelling themselves.
I no longer have a desk. Or a workspace at all. Redecorating hell that hit a standstill back in autumn—no, summer—or was it earlier than that?—have reduced me to re-enacting this image on a nightly basis: (

Baggy sweater. Comfy socks—the fuzzier the better. Laptop. Phone. And usually there’s some form of junk food within reach. Everything that was in or on my desk is buried in a plastic container or shoved into a corner.
Between my lack of a desk and lack of a printer (if you follow me on Twitter, surely you know I’ve shared the woes of being a writer who doesn’t have a printer), my work environment is a sad and unfortunate thing. There are people and pets crisscrossing through my space. There is no structure. Instead, there’s chaos.

I believe the actual magic is that I can lend myself to my creative process in the midst of that chaos. My holiday romance, JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT (December 2014, Harlequin Kimani Romance), was created during a time of chaos and crisis.
While I was writing the book, I lost a loved one. It was not a peaceful or painless goodbye, and today my grief is as fresh as it was then. Whatever personal structure I had then, I lost and have been missing ever since. However, my filters and hesitation fell away during the writing process, and I could let my flawed and difficult characters guide me. I could let the hero’s damaged intensity and the heroine’s beautiful rebellion keep me company.
Something amazing happened at the end of this journey.
I wrote a book that I love.
There’s pride in one’s craft, then there’s genuine love. I love this book, and I love that it saved me during one of the most deeply lonely and dark events of my life thus far. Whether or not I can—or even should—rely on my writing to be a rescuer that I can call my own remains a question. But I’m thankful for JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT and its characters, and I will forever appreciate that my agent and editors let me translate the chaos of my world into a story that I’m happy to share with all of you.

This one’s for my girl. I wish I’d hugged her more and I’ll carry her with me always.
Lisa's Just for Christmas Night is available to buy now:
A red-hot holiday

Pro football publicist Martha Blue has something to prove. To protect the image of the Las Vegas Slayers—and stay employed— she has to shed her party-girl reputation. Fast! So no more mistakes. No further scandals. And absolutely no falling for the one man who can give her everything she wants…and nothing of what she needs.

Danger and desire never mixed well for undefeated prizefighter Joaquin Ryder. A friend of the Blue family, he’s a man who knows his boundaries…boundaries he has secretly crossed only once before. Now that he’s back in Sin City to train for the biggest fight of his career, he can’t afford to let a sexy distraction like Martha put him against the ropes. Revisiting their sizzling past is something he isn’t willing to risk—until a steamy Yuletide encounter, where for just one night, they’ll surrender completely…
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1 comment:

  1. HOw fantastic that you wrote a book that you love after experiencing so much trauma.