This week we take a peek at the workplace of Presents author Annie West.
Hi everyone, and welcome to my world! I have to say I'm really lucky with my workplace. I'm in a corner of a sunny room looking out to the north (don't forget I'm in the southern hemisphere so it IS sunny, but with a verandah roof for summer shade). I have a companion, as you can see. My Daisy keeps me company as I write and many scenes are written to the accompaniment of gentle doggy snores.
I'm also handy to the kitchen for refreshment to keep me going and have a terrific view. OK, here's the view. You can see why I enjoy working here. These photos were taken on a very grey and gloomy day but even so it's an outlook I love. There's something serene about the water and especially the green of foliage that's soothing.
I used to work in the spare room. A cold space at the back of the house that had the virtue of being quiet. I could shut out the world and freeze my feet in winter in peace. I had an inspiring view of cement and a fence plus the neighbour's roof. I stuck it out for a few years then decided enough was enough.
I took over a corner of the long room that is both kitchen and family room. Yes, it can be noisy, but I tend to work when the rest of the family are still snoozing or when they're out for the day. Then the house is all mine and this is the perfect place to work.
From here I get to see the visitors to our yard. Here a couple of rainbow lorikeets that dropped by for a feed as I was writing this. They brighten up even the dullest winter day, as do the eastern rosellas and king parrots.
I've made a corkboard that's beside my desk with cards and photos that either make me smile or inspire me for my current project. As I'm starting a new book I'll have to review what's there and think about including some photos linked to what I'm writing. I've also got a wall planner where I mark important dates like blog appointments, book releases, workshops and so on. Which reminds me, I haven't added the Romance Writers of Australia Conference yet.
Ideally I'd have a room like this all to myself. OK, in my most fantastic dreams I'd have a room, even a tiny one, with a view of the sea. There's something about the ocean that seems to inspire my creative side. But I'm not complaining - not for a minute! I'm thrilled with the place I've got. Hm, except for the lack of bookshelves. I have to go to other rooms for my book collection if I want to refer to something other than the thesaurus on my desk. Oh, it's a hard life!
Do you think comfortable, cosy surroundings make a difference to how well you work? Can you work anywhere and anytime? Or do you need to be in a friendly place? Is there a difference between what you need to be productive in your day job and in other pursuits like crafts?
If you want to read some of the stories Annie has created in her special workplace, here are two to check out: UNDONE BY HIS TOUCH is an April UK release and GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT is already available in North American bookstores. There are excerpts and background details on her website as well as a terrific new contest where two lucky readers will win free books.