Saturday, November 24, 2012

Writer's Workspace: Diane Gaston plus giveaway

Today Pink Heart Society visits with award winning Historical author Diane Gaston.

I looked back at previous Writer's Workspace blogs thinking I would see all these beautiful office spaces, perfectly organized, creatively decorated with lots of Feng Shui. Imagine my relief! Turns out lots of romance authors are like me, writing on a laptop wherever we wish!

Lately I've been writing in our den. My dh who works at home two days a week, works in the same room. That can be nice or distracting, depending on my powers of focus.

I write on an MacBook Air, which I LOVE, and sit on a recliner loveseat using the foot rest as a desk sometimes. My research books sit next to me. Sometimes, if I am very lucky, a cat will also sit next to me. Or on me. Behind me is a printer in a nook that is more "office" than den and deserves to be hidden from view.

My workspace looks out onto our deck and to the woods beyond. I live in the epitome of suburbia, but this patch of woods gives the illusion of wilderness--except in late fall and winter when the townhouses behind peek through. The bird feeder on our deck brings lots of visitors, the most beautiful of which are our cardinals, the Virginia state bird. We also have lots of woodpeckers in the woods, who, in the spring, peck on our chimney making a sound like a machine gun. Our little patch of woods is teeming with wildlife. We have squirrels, chipmunks, foxes, opossums, deer. We've even had a huge raccoon and her baby come raid the bird feeder at night.

Besides my very comfortable working space in the den, I also have a "Book Room." I can't call it an office because there is no place to work in there, but it is where I keep my ever growing collection of research books and other writing-related stuff. I have over 700 research books (but don't ask me how many I've actually read!) and I store bins of my backlist books in the room as well. When I am in the throes of writing, this space can look like I belong on an episode of Hoarders, but, I assure you, the rest of the house is adequately neat and clean.  To see the hoarding version of this room, go to my blog.

I realized long ago that I enjoy writing the best when I am not shut away in an office. I like being in the thick of things so that I can see, hear, and respond to what is going on. It is the way I adapted so that writing did not take me away from my family, so I could always know when someone needed or wanted my attention--even if now it is only noticing that the birds outside need more water.

Diane's current book is in bookstores now. The ebook is due for release on December 1. Born to Scandal is Diane's homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, telling the story of a romance between a governess and a lord, complete with secrets and betrayals. Learn more at Diane's website.

Diane would love to give away a signed copy of Born to Scandal to one lucky commenter chosen at random.  Please include your email address to be in the drawing.


  1. Love your verandah - feeding and watching birds is so theraputic I think. Best of luck with your new release Diane. Caroline x
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  2. Congrats on the new release, Diane. My office view is not as nice as the one from your deck.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  3. I love that your office is the family room. I recently moved my "office", i.e., my laptop, there, too. My printer is still in the real "office," a narrow room (formerly a porch) off the kitchen. My research books are in there, but I don't have as many as you do.

    susannah AT susannahcarleton DOT com

  4. Diane, I love the view from your desk! How much nicer than looking out on a road or a fence. I think seeing a little bit of nature is definitely soothing. Good luck with your latest release.

  5. Thanks, everyone. It is a nice view. And I do love to write in my den...or my living room.

  6. Congrats! The book sounds good.