Author Workspaces – Gray Basnight, FLIGHT OF...

NYC Real Estate Situation: One bedroom on first floor in fashionable Chelsea Neighborhood.   Pros: Pet friendly, elevator building, convenient location in heart of Manhattan, close to transportation and restaurants, unusually large bath, renovated galley kitchen, exposed brick wall, modern appliances, combined living/dining, AC, gas heat, live-in superintendent. Cons: Little sunlight, no view, restricted street parking (big risk of parking tickets), nighttime street noise (especially Friday and Saturday nights), some vertical neighbor noise (especially…oh, never mind), next door construction noise, very near Google building (lots of...

Author Work Spaces: Radine Trees Nehring

After writing in all kinds of “Okay if I use this space now?” locations for a number of years, it was a wonder and a marvel to have an office of my own as part of our new home after we moved to Arkansas in 1988.  I immediately put up my “DO NOT DISTURB, Writer at Work” sign over the door and did, indeed, go to work. Bliss, and it sure made it easier to write every day since I didn’t have to clear up everything to set the breakfast table for a meal, or shove work to the side while my husband used our one desk for record-keeping and writing checks. My second “all for me” office is the one you see here...

Where I Work By Suzanne Chazin

I started writing my first novel on a Dell desktop in the basement of a rented house with a baby monitor beside me and the washing machine thumping in the background. Through the years, I’ve moved computers and homes, but kept the same routine. Ikea desk unit. Tabletop computer (now a Mac) and Staples office chair… …Until my back went into revolt after the last book. By the final edits, I resembled Quasimodo after one too many bell ringings. I knew I couldn’t do that again. I needed a change. A change of scenery. A change of work space. But most of all, a change of physical pressures on my body. So I bought a Mac laptop...

Author Work Spaces: Julie Hyzy

The first two are wall maps I use far more often than I ever expected. My husband made the yellow shelves beneath the world map for me for our first Christmas when we were dating. The third one is my (always) messy desk, decorated with awards and with lovely handmade gifts from my kids. The last one is a watercolor I painted for my dad years ago of our family dog, Buttons. She was great and totally my dad’s dog. When my father passed away, my brother gave the painting back to me. And now Buttons watches over my shoulder when I’m writing. Julie Hyzy Julie Hyzy’s very first job had her flipping burgers and chopping onions at...

Author Work Spaces: Twist Phelan

Describe my workspace? That’s not the easiest question to answer, at least not for me. Four years ago, I had a idea for a mystery series featuring a private spy. That was about the same time I decided to live in hotels and Airbnbs around the world for six to seven months of the year. Perhaps not the best combination for a writer used to working in her “garret,” a small room at the top of the stairs in our house, chosen because its clerestory windows meant I would not be distracted by a view. I lived on an ocean-going boat during my thirties, and knew the peripatetic life would be a good fit for me. But what about writing?...

Author Work Spaces: Robert Bailey

My workspace is a converted attic. A couple years ago, my friend, Paul Landwehr, a builder in Huntsville who has done a good bit of work to our house, transformed this space from a small storage area to the “writing studio” it is now. The signature feature of the room is the cedar walls that Paul installed, which were modeled after a lake house he had constructed. My wife and I joke that it feels like we have a lake cabin in the upstairs of our home, as every time we open the door we are greeted with the strong and pleasant smell of cedar. The room has a built in desk with a window that looks out over our street. From my chair, I can see...