I’m very lucky that I’ve always had a dedicated writing space. Even before I published, I had an office that was separate from, say, my bedroom.
But I hit the jackpot when my husband and I built our house in 2001. By that point, I had sold my first book to Silhouette Romance and was waiting for my second one to be released. But even before then, when we were looking at building sites and working with an architect on a design, the plan was I would have an office, complete with built-in bookshelves. It would be mine and mine alone. My husband would have a desk elsewhere.
Well, we’ve been in this house for 11 years last fall. In that time, I’ve written 30 books (whew!) and my office remains MY office. It is my very own slice of real estate and it comes with a door that locks.
It has a huge picture window that gives me a glimpse of the world outside, including my flowerbeds, which are as much a passion for me as writing.
The room has a vaulted ceiling, lots of shelves and cabinets and a large, custom built oak desk that faces that window. It also has a couch, where I can lay down to do some serious plotting – also known as taking a nap.
The floor to ceiling bookshelves that bracket the window are full, even though I now own a Kindle. I can’t bring myself to pass up a good book, no matter what form it takes.
The only downside to my office? Its door. Sure, it locks, but it’s also glass. I’m looking at it right now and I can see a lot of prints on it. Not only fingerprints, which one would expect, but, um, nose prints.
These were made by my younger son, who likes to stand there looking pitiful when I’m pulling my hair out on deadline and have closed and locked the door.
Still, I know I’m lucky to have this space…a few nose prints notwithstanding.
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