The Writer's View: RoseAnn DeFranco

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The Writer's View by RoseAnn DeFranco

Thank you for inviting me to share the view inside my writing space today! When I take a close look at the space in which I wrote all three books in the Brothers of Audubon series, I realize it reflects not just the space of a writer, but all the components of the woman. In addition to being a writing desk, it is also a Mom desk, a Housewife desk, and sometimes on those days when I need to stay home with a sick child, it becomes a Work-From-Home desk. There are folders labeled PTA, CCD, and Kitchen Renovation sitting alongside note cards for my current work in progress, the most recent issue of RWR and a 1st Sale paperweight.

Two framed photos anchor my desk. The first is of my husband taken early in our marriage. He’s holding what he would call a keeper doormat fluke. That means, it’s a pretty damn big fish, as is his smile in the photo. On the other side is one of my favorite photos of my daughter. She is 11 yrs. old now, but when the photo was taken she was 6 months old, barefoot and laughing. I realize now, both of these images made their way into Return to Audubon Springs. This really comes as no surprise since the theme of my Humorous Contemporary Romances are Home and Family. When crafting a story, it seems I’m always writing to a happy ending that looks a bit like the photos on my desk.

What you don’t see in this picture of my office is how messy it can become at times. Try not to be shocked, but this is relatively uncluttered for my desk. I recently spent two nights cleaning out my office which has become somewhat of an annual event. Several years ago I cleaned out 6 bags of trash and really organized my things. I created a binder at the time with treasured workshop notes from speakers whom I greatly admire. The tabs are labeled with items like POV, emotion, dialogue, setting, plotting, and so on. The desk itself is a constantly shifting space and reflects the moving parts in the sea of my work, mom and writing life.

Regardless of all the changing folders, notes and books over the years, the two photos have always remained the same. My husband and daughter are my constants in a sea of clutter, and the reason why, regardless of the demands of work or life, I sit down at my computer night after night, and sometimes in the wee early hours of morning before heading to work, in the hope of creating something that will make them proud.

About the Author:
RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences with her critique partners at www.the A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at

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When Emma Grant returns to her family's Audubon Springs beach house to fulfill the stipulations of her father's will, she has every intention of forcing her former lover out of the house for good. She's never fit into her wealthy family and would prefer avoiding her past, but with her brother threatening to reveal her young daughter, she has no choice.

Rafe Iuliano has other plans. The wealthy Grants tried to bribe him out of Emma's life years ago, but he's determined to prove once and for all that a master carpenter is worthy of Emma and the house.

Their ridiculous and steamy battle for the house reignites the love and passion that bloomed between them years ago. But when Rafe discovers she's kept their daughter a secret for two years, can he overcome anger and pride to claim his family and the love of his life, or will the deception drive a final wedge between them?

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davesmsperfect said…
The book sounds really good. I'll have to check it out.
Thank you for having me back on your blog and featuring Return to Audubon Springs. It was a fun exercise to take a close look at my writing space.
Rita said…
I enjoyed the peek into your writing space.
I'm really enjoying your blog tours for both Audubon Springs books and have downloaded them both to my kindle. Can't wait to start reading!
I'm really enjoying your blog tours for both Audubon Springs books and have downloaded them both to my kindle. Can't wait to start reading!
Anonymous said…
Wow, I love this post! It is so well-written, just like Return to Audubon Springs, which I loved. I can't wait to read Secondhand Romance, too. Keep it up, you are definitely creating works your family can be proud of and which your growing readership desperately want and need.
Robena Grant said…
I enjoyed reading both of your books. I loved the community feeling your books portray. And this office is amazing. You should see mine. I have four projects going on at the same time and have to step softly to avoid being buried under an avalanche of papers. Ha ha.
Janet Pepsin said…
Love your office space...probably because it greatly resembles mine. Pics of my kids, dogs, folders for rock band, PIC, school, rescue work, along with resource books and folders for current WIPs. It's easy to see how all your "clutter" makes it into your books, especially with the theme of family. Thanks for your sharing.
Thank you all for the wonderful responses! Elise-Maria,I hope you enjoy your visit to Audubon Springs when you get there! :)
MomJane said…
I really enjoyed your comments. This book sounds really sweet, with conflict, but hopefully a hea.
Catherine Lee said…
Your desk looks kinda small--and uncluttered. How on earth do you manage?! LOL. It seems like a small desk from which to manage all of those operations. I am more of an "insanely messy" desk person.
Hi Catherine and all...I only shared the desk corner of the office! LOL. I'm spread out with boxes of files! I purchased some decorative boxes from home goods to sort the different areas of my life. Also, keep in mind...I just did the annual clean out!

MomJane - One of the reasons I love Romance is for the HEA. Rafe and Emma's is hard earned!

Thanks so much for all the comments. This was a fun stop on the blog tour! :)