As a writer, I’m always curious about other writer’s writing spaces. For years, my “writing space” was the end of the dining room table, where I was constantly being interrupted and distracted. It was the best we could do, and I dealt with it as best I could. Then we moved to Colorado (where I came for work during the worst part of the recession back in St. Louis, my hometown). We have lived in a series of rentals over the last four years, as housing prices are beyond us. But sometimes, that is a good thing. Each of the three rentals gave me some really nice writing space that wasn’t the dining room.
The current house has an entire garden-level suite. This was an add-on to the house, and features heated floors (unless you’ve ever experienced those, you don’t know what you’re missing!), a kitchenette, a separate bedroom, a full bath, and a “living area.” This 850 square foot space is my getaway, my writing retreat, the place where I do most of my creating. Allow me to share it with you!
My desk is a sturdy 4 foot by 3 foot trestle table. I like the extra depth, because I have an extra monitor in addition to my laptop. I need room for my ergonomic keyboard, and my various notes and notebooks. I had a smaller desk, but it was just annoying. I need room to spread. My bulletin board holds all kinds of things – buttons with funny sayings, pictures of people I will use for inspiration for other stories, comic strips my mother sends me, postcards from my student staff at my day job.The window looks out onto my back yard, which has a huge tree and lots of green grass. When I don’t feel like writing, I can sit and stare at squirrels.
This is a prized possession on my desk. The cup was made for me by a fellow writer in a writing group I was part of in Missouri, who was also being published by The Wild Rose Press. The other side says “your story.” It is perfect.
No writer’s office would be complete without book cases. These are filled with books, but also with memories, wind-up toys (a great distraction!) and materials from having been the Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month in Boulder County, Colorado. Many of the books are reference materials; things I use regularly in writing my books.
My highly-ineffective writing companion, Gracie. She is two years old and really belongs to my daughter, but she spends a lot of her time in my office, enjoying the heated floors.
FishyFishy (yes, that’s his name) is a much better writing companion than Gracie. He swims along soothingly, waiting for dinner every night.
The editing nook. This chair is in the guest bedroom, but makes a good, distraction-free environment to sit and read through hard copies of my edits.
The suite is a wonderful space to disappear into. It is not all mine, all the time, though. We do open it up to guests several times during the year. After all, I live in one of the prettiest places on the planet, mere minutes from the Rocky Mountains. Who wouldn’t want to visit such a comfortable space? They just have to remember that this guest space comes complete with a novelist!
Coming Soon! Fairest of the Faire by Susabelle Kelmer
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.