June 2010

Dear Friends & Readers:

It’s officially summer–but not for me. I’ve been locked indoors and when I’m not there, I’m frantically writing and  doing design work at my favorite cafe, Austin’s Coffee. The  owners of this awesome place are lovely folks who make me feel verra special. Their coffees are organic and everything they have is Fair Trade. They even roast their beans there!  I think it adds that sense of earthiness and intimacy that makes you want to return…often. The reason I love it so much is that whenever I’m writing there, my creative juices flow easily. The environment is very conducive to productivity. Frequenting there has allowed me to meet many interesting people with amazing stories. It’s close enough to the private college and surrounded by the beautiful section of shops in Winter Park. I’m so glad I found this place!

As a writer, it’s important to find a place to help spark your creativity. Even though I love home offices, you still need to go out and soak in those wonderful positive energies. Fresh air is an added bonus during this season. I know I haven’t spent as much time writing on my deadline as I should but now that I’m re-arranging my schedule, I’m going to make it happen by no later than August. Then, I’ll be picking back up on my contemporary set in Italy and tackle a full-length category romance. I’ve always dreamed of writing for Harlequin so I thought I’d give it a try. I say we should always try something new, right?

Well, July is going to be a busy month but I’m not going to think about it too much. Between RWA National conference, guest speaker panel engagements,  and booksignings… I’m going to figure out when I’ll have time for a life. But this is still June and I’ll soon be packing for a trip. I should be back the day before my speaking engagement and booksigning. Yes, I love cutting it close. Seems like the year is picking up speed and I’m just going along for the ride.

Hope you have plenty of time for sunshine and beaches this month! I know with the whole oil spill woes in the news, it may be cause for hesitation… but I urge everyone to take those planned trips. Enjoy the natural beauty and hopefully all these issues will be resolved pronto.

Until next time,