Today I am delighted to welcome back to the blog the lovely Christie Kelley!
Christie’s latest release, Every Time We Kiss is available now!
Here’s a blurb:
GUILT KEPT THEM APART
It’s been five years since Lady Jennette Selby’s fiancé died. Each courting season since has been filled with suitors eager to win her affection. But Jennette’s guilt has prompted her to swear off marriage. For her secrets are as dark as she is beautiful, and the accidental death of her fiancé was tainted by a forbidden attraction…
PASSION BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER
Matthew Harris, the new earl of Blackburn, has been scorned by the ton for unintentionally killing Lady Jennette’s fiancé. Forced to sell his estates and abandon his tenants if he does not marry a wealthy, respectable woman, Matthew turns to Lady Jennette to help him find a suitable wife. But sharing such close quarters only re-ignites an all-consuming desire neither can resist–even as every shadow of the past threatens to tear them apart….
Now here is Christie with her blog about writing this book in a coffee shop…
First, thank you Jennifer for having me back to your awesome blog again! I love being here.
The last time I was here, I was finishing my deadline book, Every Time We Kiss. In addition, to it being the first book I ever wrote on deadline, it was the first (and hopefully last) book that I had to write in a coffee shop.
When I started Every Time We Kiss, everything was fine. I had a small office that used to be our family room. Within a month of starting the book, things changed drastically. My husband and I finalized our plans to remodel, or should I say completely renovate, our 60’s split-level home. The first month, I attempted to write with the contractors coming in and out, but soon, I had no choice but to leave. When they ripped the roof off my house, we had to move into our 12×14 living room.
At my husband’s suggestion, I tried the library first. I quickly discovered that the little children at the library hadn’t learned to use their library voices, some had not learned to use an inside voice. Then I remembered that a friend of mine always write in coffee shops and cafes. It was worth a shot.
I next tried Starbucks, only to find that you must pay to use the internet there and they don’t give free refills. Since I also work real estate part-time, I needed access to the internet in case I received a phone call. My next stop was Atlanta Bread Company. Finally, I was on to something.
They had great coffee, wonderful muffins, free internet and best of all: Free refills! They also had heat, a welcome treat since at home we only had portable heaters.
I have to admit that writing in a coffee shop went better than I expected. For the most part, both Atlanta Bread and Panera (my alternate spot) were quiet in the mornings. The lunch group was a little boisterous but it settled down again by 1:30. But with my headphones in and the internet radio on, I wrote…and wrote. I was determined not to be late on my first deadline.
One of the hardest parts about writing in the coffee shop was writing a love scene. Even though I usually tried to sit in the back of the shop, I constantly felt like someone was looking over my shoulder. It was difficult to get in the “mood” to write a sensual scene with so many other people around. But it can be done!
Thankfully, the days of writing in coffee shops are over. I just finished my 3rd book in the Spinster Club series, which I wrote in my new office (it even has a door!). Strangely enough, there were days I thought about packing up my laptop and heading down to the coffee shop. I think I wanted the free refills. That book, which will hopefully have a title some day won’t be out until April 2010.
So for the writers here, where do you write? Have you ever had to write were you just weren’t comfortable?
For the readers, where is your favorite spot to read? I noticed many people coming into the coffee shop to read.
Thanks Christie for that interesting blog and brief glimpse at a writer’s life.
Readers, you can learn more about Christie and her books at her website: www.christiekelley.com
Be sure to look for Every Time We Kiss in stores now!
And don’t be shy…go ahead and answer Christie’s questions…