Author Desk: M.J. Hearle

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Come wander with me down to our growing corner of author desks, the birth place of the books that I love. It’s like a little nursery really.

Today we are checking out the creative space of M.J. Hearle, author of Winter’s Shadow and the just released sequel Winter’s Light. He’s one to watch too, we will have more about him around the place.

MJHearle Workspace

What is on your desk?

(Working from left to right) An ‘Ash’ toy from Army of Darkness, Chewbacca bobble head, external hard drive, guitar pick, copies of Winter’s Shadow and Winter’s Light (I’m not stroking my own ego by having them on display; I need them for reference as I’m currently working on the third novel in the series), notebook, macbook resting on a thesaurus and dictionary, Yoda bobble head, Edward Scissorhands toy.

What shouldn’t be on your desk?

The guitar pick. As long as it lies there, the temptation exists for me to play my guitar rather than write.

Why does this area motivate you?

The desk is quite large which means I have plenty of space to spread my notes around, rest my coffee, shuffle things about if I feel the Feng Shui is off. Space is important to me. I dream of desks as large as acreages. My imagination is like a dog; it flourishes when given room to run around. The desk is actually my mum’s old sewing table and is riddled with dozens of knots, whirls, scars and stains. I like the imperfections. They remind me that rough edges are often what makes a piece interesting. Clearly, I apply this ethos to my writing.

Are there any items of particular significance?

My toys are significant. I don’t play with them anymore but I like having them watch over me while I write. Like totems. Or guardians. Each one was given to me by a person I love or have loved in the past. The thesaurus and dictionary my laptop rests on are important reminders that grammar and spelling should be minded. A rule I forgo far too often.
My external hard drive is incredibly significant. I once lost half a manuscript when my computer crashed and I didn’t back-up the data.

How often do you spend in this workspace each day?

At least two hours a day. My favourite time to work is either very early in the morning (before 7) or very late at night (after 11). I find the ideas flow more freely when I’m half-asleep.

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