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Thanks for hosting me today.
I will do my best to answer your question, one I often ask myself.
Your question was: B.J. Scott wears many hats: wife, crafter, child care worker, small business owner and mother to fur babies. Tell us how you manage to juggle all these and still find time to write.
It is definitely a juggling act. I would love nothing more than to be able to write full time and hopefully will realize that dream someday. But for now, I have to organize my day to fit everything in and still find time to breathe and sleep. Trust me, this is not always easy. Because I wear so many hats and real life dictates how much time I can dedicate to writing, I must write when and where ever I can. I stay up late and work on my books or sometimes get up early because morning seems to be the best time for me to write. I never go anywhere without a pad and pen and try to keep my laptop handy at all times. At least when it is feasible to do so. I used to write on a netbook and that was a bit more convenient and less cumbersome, but found my eye sight was getting worse and it was too easy to miss a letter or make a mistake on the smaller screen. To this day, have no idea how some people can text on a phone like it were a keyboard of a full size computer.
A typical day starts at 7am, 8 if I get lucky and have a few extra minutes to doze. My first chore is seeing the dogs are let out in the yard, while I get their breakfast ready. Once I clean up their morning offerings and feed them, I can think about my cup of green tea and some fruit and yogurt to help get my day started. I usually check my emails quickly and if blogging stop by to say hello. Shower and getting dressed comes next and then it is off to work for 9am, 8am on weds. My mornings are always full with activities and outings for the children I care for. The afternoons are reserved for some light chores and doing crafts or working on their lessons. I can sometimes fit in a little writing if they take a nap or are engrossed in a toy or game.
I get off at 5:30 most nights and head home. Tues are my day off so often slot in blogs, doing up craft orders for my business, book keeping, household chores, and errands for that day. Most evenings, after supper is over, I try to spend some time with my husband and the fur-babies. We might sit out on the deck and talk about our day, go for a walk to the beach, which is only two blocks from where we live or play some fetch in the back yard. Hubby works long hours so is usually in bed around 8 or 9pm so the rest of the night is mine. I don’t watch a lot of TV so have a good 3 hours for writing or other things I might need to do. Bedtime is usually midnight. On the weekends, I try to do a mix of writing, household chores and spending time with hubby and the dogs. If on a deadline, everything else is set aside on a weekend if necessary. Hubby is very supportive and understands if I must spend less time with him or take out is on the menu.
We bought a trailer this summer at a local conservation area and it has been a wonderful place to get away to, great for writing and one on one time. Some weekends I am away at a show or festival for my small business so the writing and other stuff has to take a back seat.
As I mentioned I write whenever I can find a free moment and the same goes for editing and proofing my work. Because of this, I am a lot slower in putting out my books than some authors, but hope the fact I love writing and write about what I love it shows. In the end, each task has its own rewards and somehow, I manage to find time to fit it all in.
READ THE BLURB
Will he drop the shield that guards his heart or will the secrets she fails to reveal and his own stubbornness keep them apart forever?
READ AN EXCERPT
Perched on a stool by the fire, he watched her sleep, wondering how he was going to ever let her go. She was by far the loveliest woman he had ever seen, and she did not seem to be put off by his size, awkwardness, or lack of manners. But duty dictated that they part ways.
After tossing a log on the fire, he spread a pelt on the floor in front of the hearth, then lowered himself to the ground. He pulled the tunic over his head and tossed it on the stool, then did the same with his trews and boots, before settling beneath a length of plaid.
The last thing he wanted to do was lie on the floor and go to sleep. If truth be known, he wanted to slip beneath the covers, take Lauren in his arms, and make her his own. But that would not be right or proper. They were not betrothed and despite what people might think of him, he was a man of honor.
The women he’d bedded in the past had all been of questionable repute and none had been untried maidens. If Lauren was not already married or spoken for, he held enough respect for her that he would wait until their wedding night. But then again, if she did not get her memory back, he might never know for certain.
He slammed his fist on the floor. What the hell was he thinking? He was never going to take a bride. Especially one with no past. He was a warrior. There was no future for them, something he best not forget. He tucked the plaid around his shoulders and dozed off.
An ear-piercing scream disturbed his slumber and Alasdair jolted up with a start. Wasting no time, he climbed to his feet and raced to the pallet.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.S. Lewis first captivated B. J.’s imagination in the fourth grade, and her desire to write sprang from there. Following a career in nursing and child and youth work, B.J. married her knight-in-shining-armor, and he whisked her away to his castle by the sea. In reality, they share their century-old home in a small Canadian town on the shore of Lake Erie with three dogs and a cat. When she is not working at her childcare job, on her small business, or writing, you will find her reading, camping, or antique hunting.
Highland Homecoming( book 3 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Quest (book 2 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)
Highland Legacy: (book 1 of Fraser Brother Trilogy)