Author’s Work Space: Susan McBride

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy work space is in a very convenient spot: it’s the sitting room for the master bedroom (which sounds fancy, doesn’t it?). So when I stumble out of bed at two a.m. with a scene in my head that begs to be written, I don’t have far to go to my desk. That comes in handy as deadlines approach, and I write more and sleep less. My desk is an old dining table procured at an antiques mall in Dallas. It has lovely edgework that always ends up imprinted in my forearms after I’ve spent a few hours at the keyboard. I use two separate PCs, one strictly for writing with no Internet access and another for everything else. That makes me feel safer somehow, like no hackers will ever steal the precious pages of my crappy—er, I mean, flawless—first draft. The room has two big windows so I’ve got plenty of light. The cats like to hang out in the one above the desk, their furry feet dangling.

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The display cabinet was a gift from my mom, and it houses all the first editions and foreign editions of my books. I have another set of shelves—a mirrored secretary missing the drop-leaf—stocked with books I want to read. With a toddler in the house, it might be a while before I get through them all. I also have a fat red chair that rocks and swivels. I just wish the cats didn’t think it was a scratching post.

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Susan McBride
Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood, the first of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries. The award-winning series includes The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die. She’s also the author of The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, all Target Recommended Reads. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter. SAY YES TO THE DRESS, the latest in the Debutante Dropout series, came out this week. She can be found on Facebook.

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