Monday, November 2, 2009

My office

By Margaret Daley

When I set up my office years ago, I put a lot of thought into its layout and furniture. I wanted something that inspired me and was comfortable. After all, I was going to spend hours and hours in that room. I spend more time in my office than any room in my house—even my bedroom. Okay, that may read that I’m a workaholic and I probably am but I have everything I need at my fingertips.


My office walls are painted hot pink with white trim. I didn’t know how I was going to like hot pink and thought if it didn’t work out I could paint over it. But I love the walls. I find the color is invigorating, and I haven’t grown tired of the hot pink yet. In fact, the color has grown on me.

Over the years I began collecting flamingoes. I love animals and flamingoes are hot pink. What better accent than that in my office! Now I have so many—from a giant six-foot stuffed flamingo to a Christmas tree with mostly flamingo ornaments on it. The tree is up year round. And if my cats leave the tree alone, the ornaments stay on it.



When I published my first book in 1981, my husband starting framing my books to hang on the wall. Now I have over sixty on the walls in my office. When I get discouraged, I can look at what I’ve accomplished in almost thirty years in the business.

My office is my getaway where I can go to dream up stories to entertain readers. I usually read books for pleasure even in my office. I have a couch that is quite comfortable. I have been known to fall asleep on it.


I have a book out this month from Love Inspired called Together for the Holidays. In the story, a single mother with a traumatic past, Lisa Morgan only wants to raise her son with love and values. But lately the boy is struggling. When his basketball coach becomes a reluctant role model, Lisa is relieved. Until she learns that David Russell is also a cop. She's not ready to share her past—or her heart. And neither is the world-weary detective. Yet as Christmas comes closer, the true meaning of the holiday brings them together in ways they never dared dream.

Next month I have a Love Inspired Suspense out called Christmas Peril, a two in one story with Debby Giusti.

5 comments:

Stephanie Newton said...

I love your office, Margaret! And since I've been mentally designing one in my own house (one with actual walls!) I'm green (er...hot pink?) with envy!

Steph

Sheila Deeth said...

Oh wow! What a brilliant office!

Project Journal said...

GREAT post Margaret!! I really like your office...my sister's bedroom is pink too! Mine is purple(that's my fave color). So cool that you leave the tree up year-round : ) My sis would totally do that if Mom would let her!

Did you say that I could email you to get a copy of the Ebook(I think that's what it was)? Sorry if I'm being to nagging.... : /

By the way, Steph, I LOVE your new picture : ) It's totally adorable! Might I add that it is so weird calling you Steph...there's a boy named Stephen in my class and we call him Steph too. Lol....he is very cool *blush*
Thanks!!
Hannah

Merrillee said...

I have to share my office with my husband, so no hot pink walls for me.

Leann said...

Framing book covers was the first thing I did when I published. In those moments when doubts cloud my mind, I can look on the walls and say, I did it.