Gwen Jones, after spending years writing several un-publishable novels, decided to learn what she was doing wrong or give it all up. So after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, she’s now so good they even allow her to teach there. An unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, she lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cat in the world, Gracie.
Title: Wanted: Wife
Author: Gwen Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Andy Devine is advertising for a wife on a utility pole, and interviewing him is the last thing TV reporter Julie Knott needs. Especially after her cheating fiancé just tweeted their disengagement. Now she has got to choose: get the story—or become it?
Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male
* Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *
Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female
* Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *
For Marriage and Family
* What could possibly go wrong? *
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WRITER’S CORNER – Genius ain’t easy, sweeties…
Virginia Woolf spoke of a “Room of One’s Own” if she is to write fiction, and what I’m showing you here is my own little “woman cave” where I go to create my genius. Okay, laugh if you must, but genius is hard work, sweeties. As is cleaning this den of iniquity of dead yogurt cups and pretzel salt after I’ve spent twelve hours straight in it. But today it actually looks quite civilized, so it’s a good a time as any to give you a tour.
First and foremost you have to start out with a good chair. I’ve been told the one I have costs upwards of $500, as it swivels, has an adjustable base, a lumbar back and sturdy construction. Not that I paid that much! I’m a writer NOT a hedge fund manager! My husband got it at an office moving sale for $50, so keep your eyes peeled. But one thing to remember is even with a good chair, my chiropractor says you still need to sit straight with your feel flat on the floor, and for no longer than 50 minutes at a stretch. Yes, I regularly go to a chiropractor. Why? Because I’m notorious for not taking his advice. He just loves that.
Next, of course is a good desk. I bought mine for $200 from a local antique dealer who also buys estates. An absolute steal as it’s solid cherry with a huge drawer for squirreling lots of crap. My crap is office supplies, a journal, back scratcher, manicure set, rulers, scratch pads, Post-it notes and an endless supply of pens and goodie-room swag from various writers conferences. (Love that stuff!) Most importantly my desk is my workspace, housing my laptop, and all the accoutrements of the writerly trade: more pens, the indispensable Post-it Notes, lamp, phone, dictionary and thesaurus, mile upon mile of notes and research in variable sizes shoved into files or laid out randomly, as well as the all important Coffee Cup. Except for me it’s a tea cup, usually housing stone-cold tea. I do drink it eventually. An no—I did not go to Yale, but I have a friend in New Haven. My Ivy League of choice is Princeton. And I did go there. (Yesterday, for lunch. Triumph Brewery on Nassau Street. Highly recommended.)
And another indispensable need for a writer is a good bulletin board. (I actually have two.) This one is pretty spare of stuff right now, but that’s because I’ve just started a new book. It’ll slowly fill up until the cork will be just a memory. Note the Post-it Notes. I just love Post-its. Can you tell? (Tossing this - ® - in just in case.)
You may have noticed the large bookcase against the wall. What’s a writer after all, without her books? Writers need to read as well as write, maybe even more so as so much of our craft is geared toward the end result. Since I also teach writing as a college professor many entries in my bookcase are on craft or scholarly, but I won’t bore you with those. What I will tell you is I have two more bookcases out of camera range just crammed with trashy reads, scandalously spicy stuff that’d turn a Bible Belt librarian’s hair white. But I’ll just leave the juicy details to your imagination.
Lastly is my comfy chair, where I can get away from my desk for a little while. This is a spot where I both read and write, settling my laptop atop my, er…lap and work. This chair is also a great place to ponder plot, and I’ve written many a proposal from there. Its armrests are also just high enough to strategically prop my hand under my chin and with just the right leverage, take a nap sitting up. True! It’s been done! And so I sleep, perchance to dream…
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