Amish romance author, Kelly Irvin gives a tour of her office along with a chance to win a copy of her latest release, Love Redeemed. Comment on this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Feb 22nd, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Kelly:
Office Tour – don’t stumble over the mess . . . . As I was sitting at my desk pondering what to write for this post, knowing that the audience is all about romance, I wiggled in my chair, feeling not the least bit romantic. I had laundry in the wash machine, dirty dishes in the sink, and if I didn’t get a move on, I’d be late for church. My mind wandered. I cleaned my glasses. I looked around, distracted by the mess in my office. It occurred to me that my office is a testament to my husband’s love for me. That I even have my own office reflects his commitment to my dream of being a novelist. It’s been my office for about thirteen years of the fifteen years that we’ve lived in this house. We’d been married more than ten years when we bought our first house and we were so excited to be homeowners. The first couple of years the room, which would be a formal dining room in most people’s houses, sat empty because we couldn’t afford to buy furniture. We’d just bought a house! But Tim was determined I would have my own office. We agreed that we’re not formal dining room people. When we have friends over for dinner, it’s a barbecue around the picnic table in the backyard or domino night at the kitchen table. We didn’t need a fancy dining room, but I did need an office. I remember how excited I was when we finally could afford to buy the furniture, which, in great part, consists of bookshelves. I finally had the shelves to organize all those books that were always stacked everywhere (little did I realize how quickly I would fill them up.).
It probably wasn’t the best idea to locate my office by the front door so it’s the first thing everyone sees when they enter our home. To say I’m not the neatest person in the world would be an understatement. Tim is a neat freak. I love him anyway. I’m not one. He loves me anyway. I’m sure Tim realized when he made this commitment, that he was also resigning himself to a life where every time he walked through the front door he would see the detritus of my life as a woman juggling a fulltime job as a public relations professional, a wife, a mother, and now, by the grace of God, a grandmother. And a full-time novelist with deadlines and commitments to publishers.
Tim sees a mess. When I look around my office, I see my life. Picture it with me. Everything is here for a reason. The books and bookmarks for giveaways for my readers. The stacks of The Budget newspaper from which I cull the beautiful bits and pieces of the daily lives of the Amish scribes that find their way into my books. Add to those the Beeville newspapers, which are research for my new series, The Amish of Bee County.
Then there’s the baby swing so that when I take care of little granddaughter Brooklyn Jane, I can woo her to sleep while I try to get some work done at the computer. (Fat chance says Brooklyn.) Above me on the shelf when I work is the framed piece that my daughter made me for Christmas that has the stamp of Brooklyn’s feet on it and says “I love you grandma, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes! Love always Brooklyn Jane.” I love that. It’s so important to keep your priorities straight, even when writing deadlines collide with life.
To my right, overhead is the plaque Tim bought me in an Amish-owned shop when we made our trip to Missouri to do research for the New Hope Amish series and visited Lake Stockton, where my latest release, Love Redeemed, is set. It reads, “ Home is Where Your Story Begins.” Above it is a print of my favorite painting, which shows two cats sitting on top of a full book shelf, looking out the window. Our two cats often join me in my office so they can sit on the windowsills and look out at our front yard. Sometimes they knock over the guitar that’s sitting next to the window. No, I don’t play the guitar, but I bought it so I could feel what it feels like to try to learn to play when I was writing the last book in the New Hope Amish series, A Plain Love Song, which will release in September. I’m sure I’ll learn to play it—one day when I’m not quite so busy . . . .
Yes, it’s messy, but so is my life. I feel so comfortable here. This is where I’ve written ten books that have been or will be published. It’s messy, but my husband loves me anyway. So much so, he can ignore my messes and in fact, embrace them (well, he probably wouldn’t go that far!). That’s true love in all its messy glory and nothing could be more romantic.
About the book – Love Redeemed (The New Hope Amish series):
Strong Enough to Heal
Phoebe Christner is thrilled when the families of her close-knit Amish community decide to spend a week at the lake. She feels she’s earned a break…and it doesn’t hurt that Michael Daugherty will be coming along. They’ll find ways to spend time together—she’s certain of it—and their romance will have time to blossom.
But when tragedy strikes, Phoebe and Michael are torn apart by their pain and the knowledge of their guilt. As they both cope with the loss of a loved one, they will come to discover that they can be forgiven not just by their community, but by God.
A tender novel of faith and family set in the heart of Amish country.
About Kelly: Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native and has been writing professionally for 30 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish. A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time. To learn more about her work, visit www.kellyirvin.com, Twitter: Kelly_S_Irvin, Facebook: Kelly Irvin, Author.
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