A Pack Rat’s Writing Space
What’s my writing space like?
Funny you should ask. I’ve been meaning to commit a cleaning for sometime. Tall order for a collector like yours truly. Or pack rat, as Mama used to call me, and her son-in-law still does. Mama was am Air Force wife, and
Clyde will always
be a cowboy. The U-Haul or the pack
horse can only carry so much; thus their shared mantra: Use it or toss it. For me, the story lives in the details, and
the story of my life is written in my treasures. I don’t have many originals, so in recent
years I’ve found myself collecting and surrounding myself with duplicates.
So here’s my home space. My computer stands in a small corner flanked by large windows. I see woods and bird feeders often visited by all kinds of wild critters. My favorite collectibles fill the surrounding shelves. We have book shelves in every room, so my office holds copies of my books and resource materials. The rest of the shelves hold my toys. I’ve always been a doll lover, but none of my own survived my heavy doll use or Daddy’s many transfers. Most of my dolls are the kind I loved as a child. They’ve been a wonderful source of nostalgia for me and play for my two granddaughters
The Toni dolls—I had one when I was about five years old, got her as a reward for suffering the Toni home permanent— watch me work from above. The vintage Barbies remind this Boomer of 50’s and 60’s fashion. The dolls and their clothes were made to last back then, and the detail in the early clothing is amazing.
Detail, detail—the life of the story is in the details. When I’m writing a story set on the plains of the
Dakotas or points
west, I like to spend a little time there.
I’ll book a room at the casino on the reservation where I met my
husband, where we ranched and where our Paint horses still reside under
watchful Eagle eyes. I’m not a gambler,
so I set up my laptop and write, write, write, taking time out only for walks
along the river and through the tall grass.
I hope readers can immerse themselves in the land and the life through the details of my story, imagine a woman falling head over heels for an irresistible cowboy in a setting that is both powerful and fragile, timeless and still contemporary. ONE LESS LONELY COWBOY (March Special Edition, on sale February 19) has that feel. Set in northeastern
in the Missouri
Breaks, it’s the story of a woman forced to return to the home she once fled
and a footloose cowboy who’s rebuilding his life through his work. Among the many series books I’ve written,
this is my 15th book for my favorite series imprint, Special
Edition. Like my collectibles, it’s
I hope you’ll visit my website for excerpts and blog with me and some of my writer friends at Riding With The Top Down.