Where Deb Writes

After writing my first three novels at our kitchen table and the next few books from a corner of the living room in the small duplex where we raised our four children, I was thrilled to get my first dedicated office when our kids started leaving for college. I’ve now had three delightful office spaces in which to write. My current space in our Missouri home doubles as a guest room and features a daybed that belonged to my great-grandmother. I often nap…er, recline there on a mountain of pillows to work on my novel-in-progress. If the weather allows (and thankfully, it seems to more often in Missouri than it did in Kansas) I much prefer writing on the screened porch overlooking our beautiful wooded backyard. A little piece of heaven on earth! And if I’m not there, you’ll probably find me on a road trip with my husband in our 1998 Chinook RV, exploring the backroads of this beautiful country in search of my next story!

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If I’ve learned anything in the twenty-five-plus years since I started writing, it’s the fact that a true writer can write anywhere! I wrote my first three novels at our kitchen table and the next few books were penned from this corner of our living room in the small duplex where we raised our four children.
I was thrilled to get my first dedicated office when our kids started leaving home for college and we bought our first house in the small town of Moundridge, Kansas. One wall of my office had framed photos of all my book covers—twenty-four at that time. (That striped wallpaper made it easy to line them up!)
Ken created a beautiful prairie garden in the fenced backyard at this house and I wrote on the deck whenever the weather allowed (which wasn’t often enough in Kansas).
When we hit the empty nest years and started traveling more, we decided it would make sense to live in a bigger city closer to the airport. We moved to Wichita, Kansas where this light-filled office took up the space intended for a formal dining room. I wrote many books during the eight years we lived in Wichita, including my entire five-book Chicory Inn Novels series.
It was at the Wichita house that I first created a coffee bar in my office. My mug collection grew to fill—and overflow—the antique cubbies.
I loved writing on the “treehouse” deck overlooking our neighborhood park at the Wichita house.
Two years ago, we moved to Missouri to be closer to our daughters and six of our ten grandchildren. My office in Missouri has a daybed featuring a quilt my mom made. Piled high with pillows, it makes a cozy place to write (though I admit, it also makes it too tempting to nap when I should be writing!)
The barrister bookcases belonged to my parents and now hold one copy of each version of each of the books I've published.
I use my office all winter long, but every other season you’ll find me out on our screened porch curled up in one of these cozy chairs with my laptop. I love our wooded backyard, the birds and squirrels that keep me entertained, and especially the dozen or so deer that traipse through along the creek several times a day. I think this is my favorite “office" of all!
Most writing days start out at the coffee bar that houses some of my collection of more than one hundred mugs.
Even in winter, the screened porch offers inspiring views of the many deer and other critters that call our backyard woods home.
If you don’t find me on the screened porch, I’m probably on a road trip with my husband in our 1998 Chinook RV, exploring the backroads of this beautiful country in search of my next story!

Deborah Raney