Author Desk: Jaclyn Moriarty

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Jaclyn Moriarty is a best-selling Australian author with an interesting twist to where she writes, come take a look.

I find all of the author desks inspiring, I love seeing where award-winning and best-selling authors get their ideas and find their focus and this one is no different. Except to say that I LOVE the look of one of those pics, take a guess which one I mean.

The publication date for Jaclyn’s next book is fast approaching, it’s the first book in the Colours of Madeleine trilogy set partly in the Kingdom of Cello and partly in our world.

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty is published by Pan Macmillan, RRP $27.99, available September 18.

What is on your desk?

I have two different workspaces.  One is a café where I go each morning: either the Counting Sheep Café, the Freckle Face Café, or the Kirribilli Village Café.  On my table I always have peppermint tea, water, a notepad, and coloured textas.

My other workspace is my study. I have water, peppermint tea, and a blue bowl of fruit and chocolate.   Before I start work I clear everything else from the desk and put it in a pile on the floor beside my chair.  I trip over this pile each time I walk away from the desk.

What shouldn’t be on your desk?

My phone, because I keep thinking of people to text.  The excessive chocolate in the blue bowl.  (When I took the photo I hid the chocolate under the orange so I would seem healthy.)

Why does this area motivate you?

The café motivates me because I close my eyes, feel the sun on my face, and think how lucky I am to have a job that lets me work in a café.  After a few moments of this, I remember I will only keep the job if I do some work.  So, I work.

My desk at home does not motivate me.  The window looks out over a courtyard and pool, so I watch people come and go from the apartments around me. In the summer, people are always heading to the pool, wearing bathing suits.  It’s like a resort.  That doesn’t motivate me, so much as confuse me.  Don’t any of them have jobs?

Are there any items of particular significance?

My sister Liane gave me the blue bowl.  I can only write at home if it is on my desk and filled with fruit and chocolate.  On the wall beside my desk there is a map of the Kingdom of Cello, drawn by my artist friend, Elizabeth Pulie, and an A4 print-out that says, ‘I  love you xxx’ in 18 point font, typed by my five-year-old.  I look at both often.

How often do you spend in this workspace each day?

I spend an hour or two at the café, depending on whether I’m actually writing or just daydreaming, and from three to eight hours at my desk, depending on whether I have any energy left to keep writing after the five-year-old goes to sleep.

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