AT MY DESK
Amy Rose Bennett
Thanks for having me over J’aimee to talk about my desk.
Hmmm…I do have a desk in my study, but I must confess I don’t use it. It is way too messy—and my teenage daughters can often be found playing games like Sims on the main computer. (Bad parent that I am, I’m quite happy to leave them to it, if it means I can get more writing in. Please don’t tell anyone!)
I consider my wonderful laptop to be my desk. I take it everywhere and I’m lucky that I can pretty much write anywhere—lounge room, kitchen table, bed (yes, I write in bed!), the car, plane trips, on the train, hotels…If I can sit and my laptop is charged, I go for it!
Most of the time, I tend to write at my kitchen table or in my lounge room. The kitchen is good; my coffee machine is but twelve paces away from ‘my desk’—I do have a slight coffee addiction!
I really do love my lounge room though. As you can see in the photo, my book case—with its mini owl ornament collection—is full to over-flowing with my favourite books. And scattered about the room, there are also various items that our family has collected from overseas trips to the UK and Europe. Not only are they special to me because they remind me of our trips, they are also a source of inspiration. I particularly love a pair of mini tapestries based on two of the famous ‘Unicorn Tapestries’, that I picked up at Stirling Castle, in Scotland. From the 15th century, the original seven set of tapestries are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. However Stirling Castle is having a replica set hand-woven especially for the Queen’s Presence Chamber in the castle. Although I mainly write Regency and Scottish Jacobite rebellion tales, I also have a medieval trilogy with paranormal elements floating around in my head, and the tapestries remind me that I need to get round to writing that series one day!
Lying on one of the shelves of my book case are my award certificates from writing contests that I’ve entered during the last two years. I must get them framed and hung on the wall! I also must finish writing my work-in-progress, ‘The Duchess of D’Arby’s Dare’—it’s a loosely linked sequel to my recently published Regency noir novel ‘Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal’. The first kiss scene from ‘Duchess’ came third in Romance Writers Australia’s First Kiss Contest this year. The poor heroine, Georgiana, the Duchess of D’Arby and hero, Lord Rafe Markham are seriously getting cross with me for making them wait for their happily-ever-after! As I’m hoping to have this manuscript finished by the end of November, I think I will be spending quite a bit of time ‘at my desk’ in my kitchen and lounge room over the next few months.
Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal
Amy Rose Bennett
A runaway countess finds love when she least expects it…but she can’t hide from her past forever.
Elizabeth, Lady Beauchamp, fears for her life. When she discovers her dissolute and long-estranged husband has syphilis—and he wants to beget an heir no matter the cost—she flees to a remote part of Scotland to begin a new life as the widowed governess, Mrs. Beth Eliott at Eilean Tor Castle.
When Mrs. Eliott unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep, the reclusive and recently widowed Marquess of Rothsburgh is both irritated and intrigued. No longer in need of a governess—his young daughter now resides with his sister’s family in Edinburgh—he proposes the beautiful widow fill a position of a different kind…
Torn between staying true to her marriage vows and her wanton attraction to the devilishly handsome marquess, Elizabeth struggles against the temptation to become his mistress. But living a lie is not easy when you have fallen in love. And secrets always have a way of coming out…