Friday, March 27, 2020


Welcome to a brand new series. The Writer's Nest term was inspired by Jodi Thomas when I heard her speak last fall at the Ozark Creative Writers. I've been wanting to showcase writer's in their natural habitat, if you will, but hadn't come up with a name.

Thank you, Jodi!

Let's check out Jodi's Writer's Nest:

My personal note before we begin. This is proof you don't need a fancy set-up to be a successful author. Don't have a folding table, head to a big box store just as soon as this quarantine is lifted. I do recommend the comfy chair.

Jodi, thank you for joining me today and for kicking off the series. Please tell us about your Writing Nest

 Over the years I’ve developed a pattern of writing that works very well. I started out at the kitchen table, moved to a room so small I could stand in the middle and almost touch all four walls. After a dozen books I moved to a house where I had a study with three walls of windows and room for my grandmother’s trunk that she brought west in a covered wagon.

I also have a tiny office out back. That’s where I plot. The walls are covered with white boards. In the summer I often write out there.

Then, I have a hidden office in a little condo where my team works a few mornings a week. We plan trips, do blogs, proofread, handle the internet.  I love this time because we work as a team.

What is it about this space that inspires you?

My backyard office had pictures on the wall and lots of boards.  My storied flow in my little space.

Upstairs in my study I feel like I’m in the trees.  I write late into the night there.

I think my real talent is being able to step into fiction no matter where I am.

Has finding your space been an evolving journey? How so?

Yes.  It has to be a quiet place.  I have to be alone.  Then the characters float into my mind and begin to tell their story.

Anything you would change?

Not a thing.  I love what I do.  I don’t write for a living. I am a writer.  It’s on my mind all the time.

What advice would you give to someone looking to build their own nest?

Whether on the kitchen table or in a second floor with views of trees, the place I go to write is in my head.

Here's a flash video tour:

Another video from Jodi Thomas:

Next up, here's a sneak peek at her upcoming release, BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE.

A small town scandal is ripe for gossip in this quintessential Texan romance

Piper Kate McKenzie, mayor of Honey Creek, won’t let a major scandal rip her quirky hometown apart, or jeopardize her dream of one day running for higher office. So she calls for reinforcements to find the source of corruption in the sheriff’s office—two men recommended by her Texas Ranger brothers . . .

Piper... suddenly finds herself drawn to two very different men. And if she can keep her town—and her heart—from going completely off the rails, there may be a sweet, unexpected future in store .

You can catch up with Jodi Thomas by following any of the links below:

BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE releases May 26, 2020 but you can Pre-order now. 


  1. Will you write any more new historical romance novels

    1. sorry we missed your comment. I will pass this on to Jodi. Check back here next week for a response. Thank you for stopping in! Happy Reading.

    2. I emailed Jodi & received this reply:

      I never know for sure, but right now my editor has me writing a four book series that starts with BREAKFAST AT THE HONEY CREEK CAFE. I did write a historical short story for the October release of THE COWBOY WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS. Readers enjoyed my historical short story in A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS that was released last year.

      I hope that helps and hope you're staying safe as well!

  2. At the end of Indigo Lake, there's a note that you had a novel coming in 2018 called "Home by Twilight." I want to order it but can't find it on Amazon. Did you possibly publish it with a different title?
    Gloria Dawn Smith