Author Work Spaces: Richard Kadrey

Editor’s note: In the time we have been looking at the offices/work spaces of authors, we have seen some interesting stuff. Some very plain, some chocked full of this and that. But I don’t think anything is quite like what we have today. Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim novels, has been kind enough to give us a glimpse into his own rather unique pad.      I’ll admit it. My office is complete chaos. But I like it that way. I’m one of those people who loses track of everything the moment I try to make my space clean and logical. I think I write that way too. I have a million ideas floating around in the clutter...

Victoria Houston: The Books and Music That Have Influenced My Writing Jul08

Victoria Houston: The Books and Music That Have In...

As a kid, I was a voracious reader and, like so many of us, would check out fifteen to twenty books at a time from our local children’s library – and return them in less than a week. Fully read and savored. It helped that both my parents were dedicated readers. My dad loved Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene and the outdoors writing of Robert Ruark while my mom inhaled CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN along with Thurber and other humorists – and she subscribed to the Readers Digest Condensed Books so we had plenty of books in our house. Also lots of kids. I was the oldest of eight and there was no better way to tune out the din than curling up in a corner...

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott Jul01

Behind the Book: Patti Abbott

“Why Do You Write Such Dark Stories” by Patti Abbott Whenever I spend an evening with friends familiar with my stories, this question often arises. “You seem like a happy person,” and they usually go on to say. “Was your childhood difficult?” Um, no. And I can’t really give a definitive answer to the question. Is it true even? Are my stories all dark? I paged through a list of stories I’ve published over 15 years and I find I have finished people off in many odd ways: a woman pushed off a boat into a melting ice floe in Alaska; death due to a collapsed ceiling; becoming part of a cello;...

Author Work Space: David Corbett Jun27

Author Work Space: David Corbett

Call it: Room Without a View. I wake up early to write and prefer having nothing to look at but the screen and the corner of the office behind it, the better to focus on what I’m imagining. The more I read, write, and teach, the more I agree with what Victoria Strauss said recently on Jon Winokur’s AdviceToWriters website. “There’s only one rule of writing: there are no rules. Beware of anyone who tells you that there are.” It resonates with something Don Winslow once said: “If you can juggle five balls: great trick. One of them hits the ground? Not so great.” In other words: If it works, it works. I tell my students: I’m just suggesting...

Behind The Book: Stephen Hunter’s I, RIPPER Jun24

Behind The Book: Stephen Hunter’s I, RIPPER

Sometimes you choose the book and sometimes the book chooses you. Then there are times when the book doesn’t “choose” you, it dragoons you. In the case of “I, Ripper,” happily, it was the latter. Jack the Ripper simply marched in and demanded to be written about. He took me hostage for about a year and I was afraid if I didn’t make him go away by writing him, he’d cut my throat. Thus I had little option but to trek back to the Whitechapel, London, of 1888 and revisit the scenes of five of the most brutal murders that have ever occurred. The whole thing began sometime, I think, in the ’70s. I...

Author Work space: Malcolm  Mackay Jun20

Author Work space: Malcolm Mackay

Clearly I don’t write surrounded by luxury or glamour, so there’s not a huge amount to talk about there. It’s small and there isn’t much room to move which, as a procrastination preventative, might not be a bad thing. No clutter and everything in its rightful place. I’ll confess to being a little bit OCD about that, making sure that everything is lined up and in exactly the same spot at all times. Things out of place irritate me, and as every writer is looking for a distraction I keep everything where it is, was and always shall be. The notebooks in front of the computer are a relatively recent addition though. I’ve started writing bits and...