Author Desk: Fleur McDonald

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Referring to the desk area as the stable is well and truly accurate when you read about this desk, which is one that is definitely a little out of the ordinary and I found very interesting.

This week I bring you to the creative space of Fleur McDonald, author of Red Dust, Blue Skies and Purple Roads, and I can totally understand what makes this one creative.

Come wander and take a look around, I hope you like it as much as I do.


What is on your desk?

I have two desks. One is in the office and the other is in the ute.

My office desk has: A photo of my kids, my dictionary, thesaurus, a phone/fax and many, many files. Bookwork files; nothing fun!

My ute desk is my lap, so other than my note pad there shouldn’t be anything else on it!

What shouldn’t be on your desk?

My office desk: Ah well sometimes coffee cups and wine glasses sit there a bit longer than they should, but mostly what is there, needs to be there if not in rather a messy way. Unless of course, the boss has come straight home, instead of going via the shed, then I can end up with scales, wire strainers.

My ute desk sometimes has a dog sitting on it, or my camera. Sometimes there’s a thermos and cup of tea.


Why does this area motivate you?

The window in my office looks out onto a huge, big granite hill and it’s hard not be motivated when I can see kangaroos and other wildlife cruising around on it. Also on the computer I keep my ‘good emails’ from my publisher and if I think I can’t do something, I read these emails and know I can. On the wall there is an aerial photo of our farm and my three book covers in big, wooden frames.

When I look out of the ute window everything motivates me in regards to the setting. I love it when I look at an amazing sunset, or see a Wedge tail Eagle soaring and it sort of feels selfish not to share, so it’s a motivation to write about it so I can tell people what I’ve just seen!

Are there any items of particular significance?

The aerial photo of the farm is really important to us – it was taken when we first bought the farm and in winter, so it was green. We can see what improvements we’ve done over the years and it reminds us that after a dry time, it always rains.

Of course I love the book covers in their frames too – I have been known just to stand and stare at them!

How often do you spend in this workspace each day?

There are days when I sit down at the desk as soon as I’ve put the kids on the school bus at eight am and then don’t move until it’s time to pick to them up, but then there is a lot of time I don’t sit down there for days. It’s just a matter of when I can and what’s happening on the farm.

One thought on “Author Desk: Fleur McDonald

  1. This inspires me to use my workspace better… does anyone else have issues with insect carcases around their computers? Bane of my life.

    Love your work Fleur!! GReat post Michelle…

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