Today on Writer’s Wednesday we welcome Courtney Walsh, author of the upcoming Just Let Go.
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Where I Write
I have a great office in my house. When we first moved here in 2012, it was one of the things I loved most—my own space in our finished basement where I could set up shop and write undisturbed.
(It was also my scrapbooking room because back in the day I did a lot of that too!)
And then I realized that while I’m fairly introverted and don’t mind being alone, I also don’t love being so far removed from what’s happening in my family. I spent some time working as a newspaper reporter right out of college, and I think it was one of the things that best prepared me for writing because I learned to write in the middle of a newsroom. I didn’t have an office (or even a cubicle) so distractions were everywhere.
Maybe that’s why I prefer to write in the midst of the chaos of a busy house with three kids and a new puppy?
I now write on my laptop in several different locations in my house. In the winter, I have a comfy chair that I curl up in, right next to the fireplace.
Every now and then I’ll set up a makeshift office in my kitchen, including a whiteboard and index cards for the (somewhat disorganized) notes I use when working on a new story. My dining room has a big table my dad made me, so it’s great for spreading out when I have several things to keep track of, and my front room has a cozy spot in the corner where I’m surrounded by books, so I can’t help but love writing in there.
(I’ve gotten a better chair since this photo was taken!…and those bookshelves have only fallen down once—thank goodness no one was sitting in the chair at the time!)
By far, my favorite place to work, though, is my screened in porch. Last summer, we re-stained it and bought furniture I can actually stand to sit in for a long period of time, and instantly the space began to feel like an escape.
It’s funny, every time I’ve gone on vacation and felt that deep exhale, I think “Why can’t we have this at home?” So that’s the feeling I’ve tried to create in the space in my backyard. During the cold months, I can feel myself just itching to get back out there, to hear the birds chirping and the sound of the water in my pond. I can’t wait for the frogs to start humming again and the sun to warm me up from the inside out.
This is when I enjoy writing the most. This is when it becomes pure joy, even if I’m wrestling with the story. I’m not a very outdoorsy person (bugs!) but armed with the barrier of a screen and my trusty bug spray, I can do anything!
More about Just Let Go
For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream, but also gives her the chance to stick it to her mom, who owned the store before skipping town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing much-needed renovations, however, while also competing for a prestigious flower competition with her mother as the head judge, soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she’d ever ask for help.
Luckily, she may not need to. Quinn’s father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson, who had only planned on passing through the old-fashioned lakeside town. But when a heated confrontation leads to property damage, helping Quinn as a community-service sentence seems like the quickest way out—and the best way to avoid more negative press.
Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she’s uptight and too regimented. Yet as the two begin to hammer and saw, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost along the way. But when a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town—and Quinn’s life—possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn must finally let go or risk missing out on the adventure of a lifetime.
Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children.