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Guest Post: A Workspace and Inspiration by Jeanette Baker

Irish Lady by Jeanette Baker is about Meghann McCarthy who had left Belfast behind until Michael Devlin re-emerges and needs her help.  He’s charged with murder, but as she attempts to uncover the truth, a history reveals itself through a series of linked histories back to the time of Queen Elizabeth.  This is an emotionally charged romance novel with intrigue and mystery.

Today, Jeanette Baker is offering to share her writing space with my readers and to share a little bit about what inspired her to write Irish Lady.  Please give her a warm welcome and stay tuned for a giveaway.

No one would ever call me a perfectionist. I’m more of a big-picture, good-enough kind of person, but my environment, both writing and living, has always been important to me. My personal space has changed over the course of my career, adapting with the changes in my family and my finances. At first, when my children were small, my “space” was a small computer table and steno chair in the family room. My children played games, watched television and invited friends to play while I created and typed away, oblivious to noise, music and, occasionally, minor wounds.

As my family grew and square footage increased through moves and room additions, I graduated to my own office complete with desk and chair, a comfortable couch and, the most wonderful of inventions, a laptop computer which allowed me to move between desk and couch as the mood struck. Over the years, I’ve done away with the desk and straight-backed chair, choosing to, at first, keep files in a cabinet and, eventually, in bookmarked pages on my computer. I’ve come full circle because, now that I’m an emptynester, my office has returned to the family room. I sit in a very deep, comfortable chair, usually cross-legged but, sometimes, with my legs stretched out in front of me on an equally comfortable ottoman.

I love color and my space reflects it. My chair and ottoman are a deep garnet-red. A chest hand painted in gold, black and more red serves as a coffee table for my tea habit and the shelves of my bookcases are painted a dark, lacquered green. Even more than writing, reading is my passion. I surround myself with books, hundreds and hundreds of books, written by authors who inspire me, as well as photos of my family to remind me of my focus, and prints of Ireland and Scotland, the settings for many of my novels.

The idea for IRISH LADY first came about after living for several years in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A country divided by religion and economics for 800 years has more than its share of conflict. Meghann McCarthy escaped the slums of Belfast to become a rich, successful attorney in London. Yet she can never quite banish Ireland from her heart, or forget Michael Devlin, the boy she once loved with a passion that nearly tore her apart. When Michael, a notorious Irish nationalist, is accused of a heinous crime, Meghann agrees to defend him. But even as she jeopardizes her hard-won success, she finds the true power and spirit of the Irish heritage she has too long denied…and the courage to face her love for Michael. Meanwhile, throughout her life, Meghann is regularly visited by visions of her direct ancestor, Nuala O’Donnell, a noblewoman from the 16th century who struggles to keep her husband, legendary hero, Rory O’Donnell, and their land free from English occupation.

The furniture changes, as well as the size of the space, but comfort, the perfect chair, access to a cozy pot of tea and a wall plug are consistent staples of writing space.

Thanks, Jeanette, for sharing your writing space with us.

To enter for 1 copy of Irish Lady, please leave a comment about how far you would go for love.

If you follow, tweet, Facebook, or otherwise share the giveaway, leave a comment with links for more entries (up to 4 additional entries)

Deadline is Jan. 25, 2012, at 11:59PM EST (US/CANADA)

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  • Na

    I would love to visit Ireland one day and explore all its quaint inns and historical ruins.
    When it comes to love I would go pretty far but so long as it doesn’t cost me my family and perosnal identity. The right love for me would have room for my family and self.

    Great giveaway. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/FieryNa/status/160532622781591552

  • Beth F

    It’s funny how we repurpose our rooms at different life stages. I agree about a comfy chair and a pot of tea.

  • Great post…I always enjoy getting a sneak peek into author’s homes and spaces!!

  • Jeanette Baker

    What a great topic! I, too, have traveled far for love. Although we met it California, my fiance is Irish, from Tralee on the Ring of Kerry. He’s here with me in California for the winter months and we return to Ireland for the summer. I think it’s the best of both worlds. Thanks for the comments.

    Jeanette

    • That sounds lovely. I’d like to go to Ireland…even if it is just for a visit.

  • Margaret

    Well when I met my husband he was from Europe, I’m Canadian and I was leaving for a year trip to Australia(within 3 months of meeting) I cut the trip short to 6 months and flew to Europe to be with him so It feels as though I went to the end of the world and back for love. (We’ve been married 8 years now) Thank you for the giveaway!

    Margaret
    singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • karenk

    thanks for the chance to read this beautiful novel…how far would i go for love…it depends on the scenerio.

  • That does look like a cozy space to work! No need to enter me, but I added the giveaway to my sidebar.