The Big Reveal

Welcome to the Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.

Where do you usually write?

Valerie Cole, Agented Author
I was told the one thing I have to learn as a writer is the ability to write anywhere at any time. I’m pretty decent at it as long as I can throw on some headphones and zone out. I’d say the one place I have the most trouble writing is in the car because it’s hard to balance a laptop on my knees and be comfortable.


Jay Bendt, Un-agented Author
Anywhere that allows me time to write is where I write. I do love the bohemian, romanticized idea of writing in a coffee shop (which I sometimes do), but more often than not I write on my recliner chair while my cat paws at the laptop cable and my husband is watching Duck Dynasty or something.

Mark Koopmans, Un-agented Author
Normally, I write at the kitchen table from 9 p.m. till midnight (‘cos of the kids.) I listen to Trance and Electronica when I want to get into the zone and all sorts of “normal” music for “general” writing. Silence kills me… Ideally, I’d write on a patio that overlooked the ocean – any ocean.


Eileen Cook, Published Author
I am addicted to David’s Tea. I always have a cup going while writing. My current favorite is Stormy Night which has some coconut in it. Yum. I tend to do most of my writing in my office. If I found myself stuck then I take my laptop and go to write somewhere public- the library, a coffee shop or even down to the beach. In a perfect world I would have a home on the ocean where I could look out my window and see the waves marching in while I wrote.

Kelley Lynn, Published Author
I don’t have a usual writing place. Airport, airplane, hotel room, at work over my lunch hour, on my couch at home, Starbucks with Jessica Sayler :). The things that are consistent with all of these are that there’s no silence. Silence is creepy. So I need noise.


Lara Schiffbauer, Published Author
I usually write in my living room with a cup of coffee or a glass of Diet Coke. I like to have wordless music on. I have no idea what my ideal setting would be. Two summers ago I wrote in the park, at the library and at Barnes and Noble. It didn’t seem like any one place worked better than any other. I think the main thing I’d like is to not be interrupted. It’s hard for me to be in the flow, get out of it to go take care of something, and then get back into the story when I return.

Chloe Banks, Agented Author
I write in a room on the top floor of my house in Devon, which is in the south-west of England. It looks south on to beautiful green fields with the wonderful moorland in the distance. I love it. I write in silence through preference, though I can make myself write on trains and other public places if need be. One day I dream of having a little summer house in the gardens of a beautiful isolated country cottage. It would be all pretty and comfortable inside and have fabulous views too. Oh, and it would always be sunny. Apart from the sunny bit, what I have now isn’t a million miles away from that, so I’m very blessed!

Where do you like to write?

5 Responses

  1. I write anywhere. Laptop around the house or in the computer room at the desktop. I almost always have music on, usually just the radio. Sometimes I’ve written in complete silence and it feels weird. I need a little background noise. Just not the kids saying, “Mom…” 🙂

  2. I’m an anywherer, too. With life and kids, I have to be flexible or there wouldn’t be much writing done. Chloe’s answer really sounds fantastic though–a moorland in the distance. I could totally get down with that.

    Also, Suzi, I love what you’ve done with the blog. The new design is simple and clean, but cute. Love it!

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