Retreat, Retreat, Retreat

Nothing is more inspiring for a writer than to get together with other writers. I’m lucky to be associated with a group of ladies who do that for me. Every year, we gather for our annual retreat at the C-Bar Ranch in Valley Mills, Texas.


Our cabin is primitive, small, no Internet or cable. We sleep in bunk beds, early arrivals get the coveted bottom bunk. Entertainment comes from eating, hiking, and of course, lots of  writing.


To get us in the “mood” for romance writing, we start the weekend by watching a romantic movie (DVD on the largest screen computer). Writing games, brainstorming, and sharing ideas stimulate creativity. Most of the weekend is spent working on our latest story–and eating. We don’t go hungry. There’s also plenty of chocolate to help through writers block.


If we need a break? No chance of getting cabin fever here. The cabin is surrounded by breathtaking beauty just a few steps out the back door or we can venture along the road and enjoy acres of Mother Nature’s perfection.

IMG_0328IMG_0334cactisOther than what we need for writing and eating, we come only with the basics. No makeup and staying in PJ’s all day is acceptable.

My weekend roommates like to keep the room at sub-zero. I always bring a load of quilts and blankets.

An awesome weekend. I can’t wait for next year!


About Debra Jupe

Hi, I’m Debra and I write romantic/suspense novels, with a bit of steam and a lot of fun. Creating stories is my passion. My favorite days are when I can tune out the universe, huddle over my laptop, and let my imagination go wild. More of my loves My kids-I am the proud mom of two. Son, Stephen and daughter, Hannah. I’m also a proud mother-in-law to Astrid and Ryan. I’m a huge animal lover and am “mom” to a houseful of adopted fur-babies. Animals know, when they show up at my house, they have a forever home. Texas-I’m a lifetime Texan. Born in Waco, I grew up in a small town, south of the city. In my early 20’s, I left and lived in different areas within the state. Twenty-eight years later, I happily returned home. I hope to have one more move in me. My dream is to live by the ocean, sit on the deck with a glass of wine and write. Bucket List accomplishments-In my 40’s, I did something I’d always wanted to do, which was return to school and further my education. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in 2011. My day job is working in the education system, teaching special needs children. Inspiration-Growing plants in my flower beds, painting, photography, travel (love the beach), I was born to shop-now if I just had the money, and I can be easily bribed with a tasty meal of Mexican food. Oh yeah, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Writing-I received my first publishing contract with The Wild Rose Press in 2013, and my initial release debuted in September the same year. I’m an active member of the Central Texas Romance Writers of America Chapter, and I serve as secretary of the group., Follow me on twitter @AuthorDebraJupe Keep up with the latest updates by liking my Facebook page or on my Facebook page Author Debra Jupe
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One Response to Retreat, Retreat, Retreat

  1. neselane says:

    We had so much fun! It’s amazing how much writing can be accomplished with inspiration , food and amazing friends.


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