A Day in the Life of.....
Valerie Bowman writes Regency-set historical romance novels with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging storylines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands! Publishers Weekly calls Secrets of a Wedding Night, an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave it a starred review!
Valerie has a degree in English Language and Literature from Smith College and lives in Jacksonville, FL with her rascally dog, Roo. You can find Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Ok, so Aislynn asked me what a typical writing day is for me and here’s the breakdown. I work full-time as a technical editor at a big computer software company so the following is usually a Saturday or a Sunday for me.
3:00 a.m. – For some ungodly reason I’m up checking email and following up on things.
5:00 a.m. – Back to bed for a couple of hours. Zzzzz
7:00 a.m. – Begin the unhappy process of waking up. Am not a morning person.
9:00 a.m. – I have had coffee and am ready to write!
3:00 p.m. –.Are you kidding? It’s already 3pm? I can’t believe it. Time for a nap. (I suspect this is why I’m up at 3:00 a.m. later, btw.)
5:00 p.m. – Back to writing
12:00 a.m. – What? How did it get to be 12:00 am? I’m almost done. I’m questioning whether anything I’ve ever written is good. I’m seeing mirages of Regency country houses. I’m getting on Twitter and hoping my critique partners see me and tell me to get back to work.
So, that, as uninteresting as it may be, is my typical day. But in doing this post, I took a number of pictures of my writing environments in my house and I decided I’d also give you a bit more detail on all of those things with a few true confessions tossed in for fun!
This is my home office. It’s a beautiful room full of light and space. I almost never write here. That thing sticking out of the left corner is a pillow for my dog, Roo, to sit on when I am in this room. She’s a bit spoiled. You’ll see…
Here is my bedroom. It’s cozy and usually inhabited by a super pushy snarf of a dog. I spend much more time writing here using my laptop. And yes, that’s the snarf herself, my rescue dog, Roo, smiling at you in the middle of this photo.
These are my yearly goals, my first book cover and author photo from the Golden Network Boot Up Ceremony, and two of my favorite quotes. One is from Kanye West and says, “I’m on a pursuit of awesomeness, excellence is the bare minimum.” (That one just cracks me up.) The other is from my friend, author Ava Milone. It says, “You always have to LET GO and reach for the next thing or you’ll never get to the top.” Underneath that is a card from my critique partner, Mary Behre that she sent me when I sold. And yes, that is a tiara in the front left. Ha!
I should be sitting next to those lovely goals and inspiring quotes while I write, but instead I’m usually here. The cord on the left is where I plug in my laptop. Also, that cube and brown thing on the floor are there so her highness, Roo, can easily jump up on the bed.
Also, please note that in this picture, Roo is digging at the bed, an act I refer to as “snarfing.” If you look close enough, you’ll see holes she’s ripped in the coverlet because she’s a little OCD. Sigh. I’m not proud of this.
Ok, this is a little embarrassing because I’m a big neat freak but here is the current state of my bookshelves in my office. The two posters up top are my current vision boards. One is specifically for my writing and one is for the rest of my life. If you think you see a pig in the one on the left, you do. There’s a pig in the last story of my Secret Brides trilogy, Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage. Her name is Margaret II and that’s a picture of her.
I should be sitting next to those bookshelves writing but instead I’m in eye-view of this thing, which is essentially a “spider keeper outer.” It’s in the corner of my bedroom. I detest spiders and someone told me to buy one of these and keep it in any room I don’t want spiders to come into. I have no idea if it works but I don’t care. Sold! There’s a scene in my debut historical romance novel, Secrets of a Wedding Night, where the hero saves the heroine from a spider. That actually happened on my first date with my fiancé. That’s how I knew he was a keeper!
Here’s a close up of the stuff on my desk. My V paperweight, my London paperweight (a gift from my CP, Sheila Athens) and my poodle drinking a cup of coffee painting which I bought at SCAD in Savannah, GA (a student painted it) because my (now deceased dog, Annie) was a black poodle and she loved drinking coffee. Of course she always stole it, we didn’t serve it to her, but she was a coffee-aholic. When I saw this little painting I just had to have it. Annie is the heroine of my second book, Secrets of a Runaway Bride, and yes, I named her after my dog. Still miss her.
And just for fun, here’s Roo looking like the chupa cabra on the bed.
And last but not least, my favorite new office supply. How cute is this?
Ok, so spill.
What’s the most interesting thing you have in your office and what’s the story behind it?
HOW TO STOP A WEDDING
Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” knowing it will find its way into his intended’s innocent hands…
HOW TO SEDUCE A WIDOW
Devon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son—someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon’s new fiancée cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it’s his former fiancée Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction—or prepare to be seduced—to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be…
“Secrets of a Wedding Night is the most charming and clever debut I've read in years! ”
—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas
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