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My Mobile Office by Elisabeth Barrett
I am always fascinated to learn about locations where other authors prefer to write. Almost everyone I know writes by sitting in front of a computer, but where that computer is can vary widely. Some of my friends write at desks piled high with papers, notes, and stacks of research. Others prefer minimalist work spaces, all tidy and neat, to help keep their brains fresh. Still others sit right at their kitchen tables and go at it. Writers’ retreats in secluded locales are very popular, too, and I especially enjoy hearing stories about writing that takes place at quaint cottages (which so many authors seem to describe on social media).
Me? I work out of my car.
“What?” you may ask. “How can that be comfortable?”
Oh, but it is. So comfortable.
Really, I have made it comfortable because I have no other choice. With three young kids and a job that requires me to be on the move, I’m constantly picking up and dropping off, stopping and starting, coming and going. If I went back to my house after every single activity, I think it would leave me with a total of 17 minutes each day to write, and I’d probably still be working on my first novel. To be fair, on laundry day, I head home and then my kitchen table (right next to my washer and dryer) is the place where I write. But when I’m on the go (most weekdays), I make sure my laptop is charged up, head to one of my favorite parking spots (of course I don’t write while driving and I have scouted out the surrounding neighborhoods for the safest, best-lighted lots), and type away! Yes, I am that strange woman in the mom-mobile sipping an iced tea and staring at her computer screen while you chatter on your cell phone or sneak a smoke. I’m not watching you. I’m working.
Well, maybe I am watching you a little bit.
I didn’t realize the benefit of my set-up until I completed the last book in my Star Harbor series, which features the four Grayson brothers living and working on Cape Cod in each of the four seasons. Deep Autumn Heat is the story of Seb Grayson, a famous chef who returns to Star Harbor for a weekend of R&R, and finds much more than he bargained for with a feisty local restaurant owner. Blaze of Winter features Theo Grayson, an introspective writer who comes back to town to get his writing mojo back and ends up falling in love with a social worker who’s great at helping everyone . . . except herself. Long Simmering Spring, which was just released, focuses on Star Harbor’s sheriff Cole Grayson, and how he overcomes his past and learns to face the future with the help of a beautiful doctor. And Slow Summer Burn (which comes out in August), features Val Grayson, a soft-spoken DEA agent who finds love with a stunning socialite shop owner.
Through the windows of my car, I watched the leaves change in autumn, the wind blow in winter (it doesn’t snow in NorCal), the flowers bloom in spring, and the trees turn to deep green in summer, providing just the right amount of inspiration to write the Star Harbor scenes. When I needed to choose the brothers’ cars, I just stared out my car windows until the perfect vehicles materialized. Most of the time, though, I wrote while lost in my own head, the little town of Star Harbor living and breathing inside my brain. Inside my car, there are no distractions—no books, little food, and most importantly, zero internet. Just me and the words on the page, which for me, is how things need to be.
About Long Simmering Spring:
Spring comes to Star Harbor, bringing unexpected passion for a sexy sheriff, as the next Grayson brother finds love with the town’s beautiful doctor.
Julie Kensington grew up in the same small town as the Grayson brothers and remembers when the boys were nothing but trouble. As teenagers, Cole’s rugged sex appeal set Julie’s heart ablaze, but she did her best to ignore it. Now a grown woman with a medical degree, Julie still can’t resist her searing attraction to the roughest, toughest Grayson. He’s ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever, but are his wounds too deep to be healed by her loving, gentle touch?
Even back in high school, straight-arrow Julie had a way of making Cole think twice about his bad-boy lifestyle. When Julie decides she’s finally ready to embrace her wild side, Cole knows he is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up desire. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but when Cole’s demons threaten to derail their relationship, it’s up to Julie to show him that together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future.
About the author:
Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses.