Author Desk: Karen Thurecht

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Today we have author Karen Thurecht with us to share what’s on her desk. In fact, like many of us who are working from home, her desk isn’t really a desk at all.

Let’s take a look at her workspace –

What’s on your desk?

Everything and nothing! In fact, it is not really a desk. It’s a dining table. I write at the dining table in the centre of my home. I can see out two windows, to the bay at the front and my rainforest garden at the back. My husband comes and goes through the dining room throughout the day and I get to see him.

When I was younger I would write with the sound of my five children around me – and Spongebob Squarepants on the TV. So, what’s on my ‘desk’?

Glasses, general paperwork, buttons (don’t ask), a tape measure, highlighter pens, notebooks and my diary. Plus my laptop, of course. And coffee.

What shouldn’t be on your desk?

This morning’s toast crumbs.

Why does the area motivate you?

I love to be at the heart of things when I write. I’m motivated by the sounds of everyday life around me.

Are there any items of particular significance?

The mug Shawline gave me when I signed my first contract with them. It says, ‘I’m a writer – what’s your superpower?’ I insist on having my coffee served in that mug. (My husband brings me coffee throughout the day).

How often do you spend in this workspace every day?

I spend six to eight hours at the dining table writing on writing days. This happens three to four times a week, depending on work commitments. Sometimes I return to write after the dinner plates have been cleared away in the evening.

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