Most people have an office in their home. I have a library. It’s a matter of word choice, but for me, it also sends a message. One day I will publish a mystery and my book will grace the library shelves.
In the meantime, I write in my library surrounded by signed copies from some of my favorite authors, whom I have been fortunate to meet.
There is Janet Evanovich, who at her book signing, spent a few moments giving me advice and suggested writing critique groups for me to seek out.
There is Adriana Trigiani, whose advice is simple and direct, “Just write!”
There is Emyl Jenkins, who provided me with fairy dust, to keep my writing inspiration alive.
Another favorite is Michael Connelly, whom I met at a mystery writers’ conference. I passed him in the foyer and said hello as if I knew him. Of course, I didn’t, I just felt like I did because I was familiar with his photograph on the back of his book jacket. It didn’t matter. He found a sitting area and spent a few minutes with me, also giving me solid advice.
David Baldacci is another favorite. He always makes time for his fans, signing books and answering questions. Like the other authors mentioned, it doesn’t matter how many times he makes the best-seller list, he still is approachable and pleased to talk about his craft.
So while I continue to write and re-write, I surround myself with the words – both on paper and in person – of other authors. And I leave space on the shelf for what I hope will be the first of many books I publish.
What helps you write and where do you write?