The Writer's View: Jessica Jefferson

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Today, the view outside my writing space is lovely.

This morning, I’m choosing to write outside. There’s a set of French doors that open up to the balcony off my bedroom. There, I’m sitting at my lime green bistro set, looking out onto my backyard.

It’s a sunny day in north-central Indiana. I’m fortunate to be able to enjoy all four seasons, though natives to the state argue there are really only two—shovel and swat. With the weather tending to be either extremely cold or extremely hot, days like today are hard to come by. It’s just about 68 degrees and the air is warm without too much humidity. A slight breeze encourages me to wear a light sweater while I sit outside with my cup of black coffee (two splenda) and try to hammer out another couple of chapters.

Tiers of garden space line the perimeter. I’ve never considered my thumb to be green, but it’s not nearly as black as it once was. Today, perennials make up most of the flowers in the yard and an abundance of ivy dress those areas I’ve neglected over the years. Hummingbirds and cardinals are common visitors, and a pesky chipmunk keeps trying to dig his way under my rock patio off the deck.

It’s quiet, except for the quiet buzzing of insects and the occasional sounds of cars coming off the streets from my subdivision. My kids are at school and daycare, which is why I’m able to enjoy this morning to myself. I can see their tree house from where I’m sitting. They call it a “fort”, but it’s anything but. Their tree house has a deck for sitting and is carpeted and decorated with whatever pink furniture I was able to find at the local Hobby Lobby. My husband even made sure that he ran electric so that the girls had lights in case they wanted to sleep out there.

I’m nomadic about my writing space. I wander around the house looking for the ideal place and settle in with my laptop and whatever beverage of choice once I’ve found it. Today it’s my balcony, tomorrow it might be in the office. The view outside my writing space is ever changing and I owe a great deal of my creativity to that ability to channel the muse from just about anywhere.

Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?

About the Author:
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at and read more of her random romance musings.

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MomJane said…
I love, love, love regency romances and this one sounds really awesome.
Karen H said…
Loved the description of your yard and writing space. At first I thought you would say you lived in NOLA with the french doors and balcony overlooking the backyard. Surprised you're in Indiana. I'm in Michigan and here we call our seasons Winter and Construction!

Have a wonderful day!

kareninnc at gmail dot com
Rita Wray said…
I like the view from your writing space.

Anonymous said…
Such a pretty space, it looks so peaceful!

Mary Anne said…
You have a lovely backyard. I'm nomadic when it comes to a reading spot.
ELF said…
What a beautiful spot, thanks for sharing!
Unknown said…
Thank you so much for hosting. I really enjoyed writing about my view.
Unknown said…
Thank you for all the feedback about the space.

And Karen H. - I just went to NOLA and I could only wish to have some of those views. From the outside, the houses were quiet and unassuming - but their courtyards were unbelievable!