M.E. May and Her Special Writing Place Apr04

M.E. May and Her Special Writing Place

An author’s workspace is full of his or her personality. In my case, I prefer to have things around me which give me pleasure. I have a small bookcase filled with some of my favorite books with my 2013 Lovey Award for Best First Novel sitting on top where I can see it. The latter inspires me to keep writing and striving for that next award. I have a bulletin board with a mixture of personal and work related items. There are photos of pets, people, dragons, and a few gifts from fans. A map of Indianapolis which is now hidden by character notes for my next Circle City Mystery novel helps me with locations. I also printed a favorite I found on...

Author Work Space: C.J. Box Mar14

Author Work Space: C.J. Box

C.J. Box has been kind enough to give us a glimpse into his office. In addition to his loyal canine pals, you can see a number of his awards, including a Best Novel Edgar (for BLUE HEAVEN) on the shelves in the upper right hand corner. ENDANGERED (Check out Elise’s review here), the 15th book in the Joe Pickett series, has just been released and is available at all respectable stores and sites. She was gone. Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, even if he was a rodeo champion, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old ward, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: The body of a girl has been...

Author Work-spaces: Connie Knight Jan31

Author Work-spaces: Connie Knight

My office has two desks, each lined up against the other on the opposite wall. One desk holds a computer; it’s flanked by large file cabinets. The other one holds stacks of paper for research and writing. Above it is a magazine rack; there is a tall bookcase on each side. Their shelves are full of mystery novels and Texas history. A comfortable chair rolls back and forth from one desk to the other. I write at one desk and type at the other—not at the same time. Most of my apartment serves as an office. When I walk to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, I think about what I’m working on. Something may generate as I walk back to the desk. The...

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn Nov29

Author Work Spaces: Matt Cairn

My diamond workspace I work in a diamond-shaped room, roughly ten by ten feet. And when I say diamond-shaped I really mean it. Not like the diamond on a playing card (basically a slightly stretched square turned on its point) but the precious sort. You know, flat at the top with two really short sides at each end and two really long ones forming a downward triangle. The sort a crook holds up to the light in a bad heist movie. The funny thing is that I’ve only just realized it now, while writing this text. Five years of being in here, all day most days, and I pretty much thought it was square. How’s that for observant? I should be a writer…...

My Office Has No Walls

My Office Has No Walls My office has no walls, but it does have a fence. It has no desk or chair, but is trellised with nearly four miles of 13-gauge high-tensile wire. Oh, and it has plants – over 1,500 of them. My office, you see, is a vineyard. Okay, so it’s not the place where I do my actual typing and editing, but rather where I perform a daily ritual that is infinitely more essential to my writing. It is where my characters sprout and blossom; where my plots lengthen and ravel in sinuous synch with my viognier and pinot noir vines. Writers are often asked about process. My typical workday involves mornings hunched at a laptop and...

AUTHOR WORK-SPACES: Gardiner, Segura, Ulfelder and...

This is our latest in a series of author’s sharing photos of where they work when they create the great books we love to read. I find it interesting that the work spaces seem to be a different at the writing styles. If you click on the photos you can see them larger. Meg Gardiner: In the last year I have moved from London to Austin. Much of my upcoming novel was written on airplanes. When the tray is not in an upright position, it works as a desk. Steve Ulfeder: Believe it or not, the attached is a photo of my favorite workspace: the mall in Natick, Massachusetts! Twice a week, I come here and bang out 2000 words. The wireless is great,...