Friday, June 19, 2020

THE WRITER'S NEST - Linda Broday

Today's guest in The Writer's Zone is the every-talented Linda Broday

Thank you for joining me today and inviting my readers into your Writing Nest.

1 – Describe your writing nest?

I suppose you’d call it traditional. I have a large desk that my PC sets on with room for my well-used dictionary and snacks. Above my desk is a clock and a small plaque that says Life is a Journey. Enjoy it! To my right is my Texas wall that is very important to me. Directly behind is a good-sized window that provides plenty of light. Lining the top of the walls are some of my book covers. Small shelves hold my research books. Then of course, I have my printer and my Writer of the Year and National Readers’ Choice Awards.

 2 – What is it about this space that inspires you?

It’s light and airy. In fact, I rarely have to use my overhead light. Creativity seems to flow in this room and I just feel very happy and comfortable in here. Thoughts and ideas spring to life when I sit down and I can feel a certain energy moving around me that transports me to the 1800s.

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

No, I knew from the first my nest would be in this room and it just fit. I moved in here in November 2019 and from Day 1 my heart was happy. It simply fits.

4 – Anything you would change?

If I could, I would move my desk facing the window but that’s impossible since a built-in space heater is below. The only other thing I would possible change would be the view out the window. Oh man, I’d love to have some mountains out there! And a tall, rugged cowboy to hand me drinks and fan me all day. But alas, there’s nothing I can do about either of those. Darn it!

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

Find a place that suits you. A lot of authors are comfortable writing outside or on the sofa. If that’s you, then go for it. Wherever you decide, have the essentials around you so you won’t have to constantly get up and down. You never want to interrupt your creative zone if you can help it.

Linda is sharing a blurb from one of her books with us today. This is Book 3 in the Outlaw Mail Order Brida series:


When three young children show up on outlaw Tait Trinity's doorstep, he knows he can't help them—a wanted man has no business raising kids. And yet he can't bring himself to turn them away. At a loss, he sends for the mail order bride he'd been writing to, hoping the demure dressmaker will be the answer to his prayers.

Melanie Dunbar is nothing like the bride Tait was expecting. She's rough and tumble...and hiding an ulterior motive. Dangerous men have taken her sister hostage, and if Melanie wants to see her alive, she'll have to betray her new husband. There's only one problem—the more time she spends with Tait, the more she comes to care for him. Yet as the noose begins to tighten, Melanie will have to make a terrible choice: save her sister...or the man she loves.

Thank you again, Linda, for joining us today. Love your space and look forward to binge-reading this series.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

COMING SOON - Linda Broday

Today seems like a good day as any to test the new Blogger platform. At least I will have the opportunity to fix anything that doesn't process properly before the June Writer's Nest post on Friday.

Linda Broday is my very special guest on Friday. 
I had the opportunity to meet Linda at the Ozark Creative Writers conference last year. She came as Jodi Thomas' traveling companion. Her appearance was so low-key I didn't even realize she was at the conference until Saturday night when I invited her and Jodi to join my table for the banquet. 

Linda is such a delightful lady. She doesn't talk much but you can tell she is taking everything in. Having dinner with her was such a joy. 

In the mean time, I got a reprieve. Bob worked a week over and will be home tomorrow. The studio is progressing. His delay gave me the opportunity to do some garden work but now I have to really push to finish. Serves me right! LOL

If you'd like to curl up with a good read between now and Friday, I highly recommend this fabulous read from Linda. The Mail Order Bride's Secret is Book 3 in the Outlaw Mail Order Bride series.

I will see you back here on Friday. Please tell your friends to stop by and see where Linda Broday pens her wonderful stories!

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 1, 2020


Yeah, that seems to be the norm for Book 2.

I'm also still dealing with the identity theft, which as apparently the Unemployment Office in four states. If you've worked in Colorado, Illinois, Arkansas or Kentucky, you may want to keep a close eye on your credit and look into freezing your credit for the time being. Why can't people use their talents for good. I swear, all of our problems would be solved and World Peace would truly be possible.

Now, it's not about struggling with the book (okay, maybe a little) but it's more about getting my office to a state where I actually want to work in there.

My living room STILL looks like a Uhaul unloaded in there but I'm taking things little by little.

Sadly, little by little is coming to an end. I have a deadline I HAVE TO MEET! I Promised!

With that in mind, there probably won't be a lot of posts this week - at least not on a routine, but please check back. You never know.

Bob will be home on June 10th. I'd like to be done on June 9th so I can just tidy up and have a meal ready when he walks in the door after that long eight-hour drive from Chicago to here.

The other thing is I've not pressed about this book because with this whole Shelter In Place thing, I can't get with my book editor to help me with the formatting. She is teaching me how to do this so we don't always have to get together - though I'd still take her out for Sushi when I'm in town just cause she's my friend.

JANO 2016
That's me on the far right(second row) On my right is Tiereny James then My book editor, Sharon Holmes with PaperBack press (Just over Tierney's right shoulder)

I could have finished the book, sent it to Skizz to format and paid it for the process but that wouldn't teach me anything.

So.. with all that,  the room will be done and I'm back to writing two weeks from today. I won't write the first weekend Bob is home, nor the last weekend before he goes back. Everything in between is up for grabs for me to schedule things as I need to.

I can't wait to hide on my sofa in the office and get back to my characters. I know once I do, their story will  pour out of me. That's usually how I write.

Are you a writer? If so, feel free to share your process below and inspire others.
If you're a reader, let us know what you are reading during this Shelter In Place time.