It’s been quite a while since we have done an author desk post so we thought it might be a nice time to invade the space of one of our author buddies.
Today we are going to head over to Victoria Purman‘s place and check out her writing space. I told her that we had to see it the way it really is, no cleaning it up for us and this is what she is showing us.
Our Kind of Love is Victoria’s current release, I reviewed it HERE and we are giving away copies so head over and enter to get one of your own.
Her next release is The Millionaire with Tule Publishing on January 24th.
What is on your desk?
What ISN’T on my desk! When I’m in the middle of writing a book (which I am now) my desk does start to resemble a teenage boys’ bedroom (and I have three of those so I’m well-qualified to compare). The most important thing on it is my Mac. This is the computer I have all to myself (no sharing with pesky teenage boys) and it’s on a tiny desk in a tiny corner of the bedroom I share with Hubs. One day, I promise myself, I will have a whole room with a white board and a comfy chair and my books. But until one of the pesky teenage boys leaves home, this is all I’ve got!
As you can see, I work amongst organized chaos. I have pens, notebooks, lip balm, a Farmers Union Iced Coffee – crucial – lens cleaner for my glasses (some of my scenes get a little steamy), a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi which is fabulous when you have no more words to describe what someone looks like when they’re perplexed. I have folders full of inspirational stuff, back copies of Hearts Talk magazine (from Romance Writers of Australia) and USB sticks. And crucially, I have copies of my books so that when I’m stuck in a hole I can remind myself that I can actually does this thing called writing a book.
What shouldn’t be on your desk?
Farmers Union Iced Coffee. I’m kind of addicted.
Why does this area motivate you?
It’s the only quiet place in the house (because of aforementioned teenage boys) and from my window, I can hear birds singing all day. On the walls all around me, I have the gorgeous covers of my books and photographs that have inspired me. And my favourite quote on writing from US author Pamela Clare:
‘So my advice to aspiring writers: Read a lot. Follow your heart. If this is what you want to do, commit to it with the devotion of an Olympic athlete and make it your life. Don’t give up. When you do, you lose.’
I love that quote.
Are there any items of particular significance?
The cover of my first published book, ‘Nobody But Him’ – the first book I ever wrote – is framed and hangs where I can see it every day.
How often do you spend in this workspace each day?
At least two hours every day. I love what I do and I snatch every available moment to get in front of that keyboard and write.