Author Work Space: Kate Mosse Apr26

Author Work Space: Kate Mosse

I can write anywhere -airports, parks, hotel rooms, trains, cafes, bus stations …. But, it’s great to be home, at my own desk in Sussex (a couple of miles from where The Taxidermist’s Daughter is set on the South Coast of England!)  My study is on the ground floor and has windows on three sides. I work very early in the day –  usually, I start writing at about 4am with a pot of strong, sweet black coffee – so I get to see the sun rise through the double windows . On the shelf are my Father’s WWII binoculars and my mother’s favourite Lladro sculpture, together with a black & white photograph of...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door Apr26

…and take their good liquor on the way out the doo...

…and take their good liquor on the way out the door. I love to write. I love throwing myself into an alternate reality, rooting through my imagination and digging out things that amuse, surprise or even alarm me. I love when a line pops into my head and makes me laugh out loud. I want to run out my door and read it to someone. Of course, I have to make them sit still for the 50 pages of backstory that lead up to the line, but I’m willing to do that. I love that my series requires my protagonist to “MacGyver” weapons and concoct escapes with nothing but what is at hand. Although, that has proven to be problematic. There was the time I was...

Author Work Space: Seth Margolis Apr24

Author Work Space: Seth Margolis

Author Workspace Seth Margolis I live in an apartment in Manhattan, so the concept of “workspace” is right up there with “Central Park view” and “spacious terrace” in the unattainable fantasy department. Nevertheless, I’ve managed to write seven novels in the same apartment over the past twenty-five years. Perhaps I would have been more prolific if I’d had a dedicated workspace during that time. Probably not. It’s a two-bedroom apartment, and when my wife, Carole, and I bought it I used the second bedroom as an office. Two hundred square feet of privacy. My first novel, False Faces, was written in there. And just as I finished my second,...

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze Apr17

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze

TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS and Thoughts of Gary Shulze by Rick Ollerman My latest book, TRUTH ALWAYS KILLS, was dedicated to Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze, the former owners of that fine Minneapolis independent crime fiction bookstore, ONCE UPON A CRIME. Unfortunately, we lost Gary to leukemia just last week, just days before I was due to hold a signing at the store on a date that Gary chose himself. I never imagined he wouldn’t be there to see it. The book itself isn’t particularly Gary-like, other than that he appeared to like the thing. He sent me an e-mail saying how much, and that certain lines stayed with him, and he quoted a few of them back...

Author Workspace: 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...

Author Workspace: John Schulian Feb13

Author Workspace: John Schulian

It’s a sunny afternoon in an El Nino winter and I’m at home looking out my office window at the kind of view readers might never expect if all they had to judge me were the damaged knight valiant, soiled angel, show-biz pimp and relentless sociopath who populate my noir novel A Better Goodbye. At the far end of the swimming pool, the last red roses I’ll see until spring are leggy and proud. A blood orange tree heavy with fruit sits on the slope above them, hard by a historically puny orange tree and a lime tree that will produce endlessly. On the flats of my patio, potted plants slumber and my tangelos and Meyer lemons look ready to pick....