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Welcome to my writing space! This is where all the writing and editing happens (well, mostly—some days I just drag my laptop upstairs to my bedroom, turn something inspiring on the TV (like Pride and Prejudice, but I need it muted if I’m going to actually write); I fluff up a bunch of pillows, curl up on my bed, and start writing.) But more often than not, this office is where I work. I’m a freelance editor, so I spend a lot of time on my computer. When I’m editing a book, I usually have some sort of instrumental music playing softly. I like to have a candle lit as well. (Which sounds nice and relaxing, then picture the doors opening every five minutes by one of my three children. It’s a miracle to get anything done!) For an edit, I’ll have notes, End Notes, style sheets—and usually some chocolate—on my desk as well.
But when I’m knee-deep in one of my own stories, I create a Spotify playlist (I’ve got one I’m making now for my current WIP!). I’ve got a great playlist for The Last Summer (some summertime pop music, lots of country music since the story was set in Texas); I ended up using the playlist at the summer-night/book-launch party. I’ve got one of those coffee mug warmers on my desk so I can have a steady flow of coffee or tea to keep me company. Over the years, I’ve been purging some of my collection of books. I’ve only got so much room, and so the books I keep are usually special to me. I go to the library a lot and I’ve got a Kindle, but there are some books I just want on my shelf. The nice thing about that is when I’m in my office, I’m around books that inspire me. I can take a break from writing and grab one off the shelf and it’s familiar in the best of ways.
For writing or editing projects, I usually work on the weekends or in the evenings. I’ve got an almost-three-year-old with me all day, so I’m not usually able to get writing done until later. When I was writing The Last Summer, I was pregnant with my last child. I remember it would be late at night, I was typing away, and little Lillian was kicking up a storm in my belly. Now she’s running around the house and that book is finally finished and sitting on my bookshelf!
More about The Last Summer
For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.
Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.
While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.
But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.
Does growing older mean growing apart?