Debbie Burns | My Writing Space
November 27, 2018
I most often write in the sunroom at the back of my house.
Itís a cozy space in my South City St. Louis home that faces out into my backyard. My desk
sits in the middle of a wall of windows overlooking a remarkable magnolia tree that flowers a
little bit at a time from spring to fall. In the room with me when I write, undoubtedly, are my
dogs, Nala and Hazel, and my cat, Owen. Hazel is usually content to doze on the couch while
Nala and Owen compete to see who can end up closer to me. Owen is often on my lap or
trying to take over my keyboard, while Nala worms her way underneath and often naps on my
feet, putting them to sleep and making it difficult to get up for a break.
On my desk near my monitor is a collection of meaningful
trinkets related to whatever story Iím working on. Over the years, Iíve found this helps me
quickly connect to my work in progress. For this series, I started with a Schlilich German
shepherd who reminded me of Sledge in A New Leash on Love. When I was writing Sit,
Stay, Love, I had a hand-blown fishing float
from Oregon on my desk, and for this book (My
Forever Home), I placed a buckeye there that I
was given years ago and told to keep in my pocket for good luck. If you read these stories,
youíll understand the significance of these items.
In addition to writing at my desk, when the weatherís good, I
feed my love of nature and the outdoors by writing in the backyard or going to a park. Other
times, especially when Iím working on deadline, Iíll head out for a few-hour stint at a library or,
occasionally, Kaldiís Coffee Roasting Company. Whenever I write at Kaldiís, you can bet Iíll
have a Rosemary Brown Sugar Latte sitting beside my laptop. If youíre ever in St. Louis, I
highly recommend you try one.
Rescue Me #3
Love comes to the rescue
Vet school drop-out Tess Grasso dreams of having her own pet
therapy business, but she meets one disastrous obstacle
after another. There's no denying she has a way with
animals, so in the meantime she puts her skills to use at a
local no-kill shelter. Between helping her furry companions
and a budding relationship with fellow dog lover Mason
Redding, Tess begins to find fresh confidence...
What Tess doesn't know is that Mason is recovering from an
accident, hoping to get back to his pro-baseball career.
He's afraid the truth will ruin everything-and he's right.
But in the midst of hurt and betrayal, a free-spirited stray
Husky enters their lives, and teaches them a few things
about faith, love and forgiveness.
Romance Contemporary [Sourcebooks
Casablanca, On Sale: November 27, 2018, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN:
9781492650898 / eISBN: 9781492650904]
Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a somewhat
tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening,
and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.
21 comments posted.
Re: Debbie Burns | My Writing Space
Love your sunroom. Sadly (from) the first thing that struck me was the lack of
clutter. Sadly it is something I am struggling with. My daughter had a Maine
Coon cat and he was gorgeous. They are wonderful cats. We have had rescue
pets for over 40 years. We have fostered litters for our local animal shelter and
kept a puppy from both the first and the last litter.Not counting the many
puppies in litters, we have had about a dozen dogs over the years. We are
down to 2 rescues now. We have had cats, rabbits, and a ball python who were
all rescues. We did rescue and rehabilitation for a bit. Finding the right home
for animals is so important. They bring people together and add so much to
your life. MY FOREVER HOME sounds like it will be a good story with people I
will be glad I met.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:50pm November 27)
Sounds good. I like the idea of reading the dogs' point of
(Melanie Rosen 1:09am November 27)
this sounds like my type of book,,id love to read this
(Vickie Couturier 4:54am November 27)
Love dogs and love reading - looks like a match for me!
(Jason Lawless 7:54am November 27)
Your book sounds great - and the cover is fantastic. I loved that you shared what inspires you in your work space.
(Nancy Reynolds 12:53pm November 27)
Love the cover and your sunroom. I love reading and books with dogs hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for the chance!
(Margaret Yelton 4:33pm November 27)
I too liked your sunroom. Would love it. I had some cats
but my daughter took them back when she came home from the
(Debra Guyette 7:57pm November 27)
Thank you for showing us your writing spot surrounded by
things you love. I like that your book, My Forever Home,
has pet therapy as a mainstay in it. Pets tend to calm
people in hospitals, nursing homes and homes in general.
I know they lower BP and help with conversation and ease
(Alyson Widen 9:05pm November 27)
I enjoyed the description of your workspace and pets. To me, your sunroom sounds like an ideal place to work or just relax. I especially want to thanks you for the chance to win a copy of My Forever Home. It sounds like one I would enjoy reading.
(Anna Speed 10:17pm November 27)
My Forever Home sounds like a good read when it's cold outside this winter.
(Jane Komppa 3:49am November 28)
(Emily Stemp 8:05pm November 28)
Your sunroom looks like the perfect spot for writing or reading. I can't wait to read this book it sounds like a great story line.
(Rochelle Cook 12:24pm November 29)
I live in Oregon and I love the floats.
(Estella Kissell 12:34pm November 29)
Sounds like a cute romance!
(Sharlene Wegner 1:51pm November 29)
LOve the cover and love dogs so much!!!
Think I would be in that sunroom all the time ,so pretty.
I can't wait to read!!
(Jennifer Beck 6:23pm November 29)
Sounds like a really cute read.
(Susan Clickner 11:33am November 30)
What a great room for an office, although I would probably spend more time daydreaming than writing...
(Lorena Keech 6:17pm November 30)
That at is a perfect location to write your books in the
sunroom. You are so organize.
(Barbara Ryan 6:37pm November 30)
This book sounds great. I love the characters. !
(Jessica Chappell 8:43pm November 30)
I love getting a peek at author's writing spaces. Thanks
(Jennifer Karalfa 1:12pm December 1)
What a great cover! Your office looks so peaceful!
(Maria Proctor 4:48pm December 1)
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