I’m pleased to welcome Sue Margolis, author of A Catered Affair to Peeking Between the Pages today. I’ve not yet had a chance to read my copy of the book but it sounds like a good read so I can’t wait to get to it plus I’ve heard it’s really good. In the meantime it’s nice to have Sue here with us to talk about her writing space entitled Peeking Behind the Covers…
My working space.
I write in bed. Just like Winston Churchill, which I believe legitimises my laziness. OK, Winnie may not have conducted the whole of World War Two in his jammies, propped up on goose down pillows, but apparently that was how he liked to catch up with his paperwork.
I used to write at a desk, in an office that I rented down the road. I liked the idea of going to the office each morning because it felt as if I was doing a ‘proper’ job and gave my day some shape. But it didn’t last. I gave up the office because the woman in the room next to mine, who was a Dutch poultry dealer spent the day, speaking in a loud clucky voice to poultry sellers about the size of their cockerels.
I moved back home. Out of the blue, I developed severe lower back pain. I bought the most expensive desk chair I could find. I saw chiropractors and physical therapists, but nothing helped. Then one day when I had a bit of a cold I decided to work in bed. It was a miracle. The pain went. I’m convinced it has something to do with my legs being supported. I have worked in – or rather – on the bed ever since. Sometimes I ring the changes and move to the sofa.
Unless I have a meeting, my working day never varies. I get up, take a shower and get dressed in my oldest, most comfortable joggers and a baggy top.
Then I tidy the house. Other writers may be able to work knowing their toilet needs cleaning, but not me. Hell no. It’s rubber gloves and bleach for me, first thing each morning. Then I tackle the kitchen floor and sink. That done, I vacuum, load/unload the dishwasher and sort laundry. I should point out that my husband, who is a journalist and also works from home occasionally contributes by feeding Brian the cat.
Finally, I make a cup of tea and Brian and I will settle down on the bed. I spend the morning slapping down text, most of which isn’t particularly good, but as I tell all aspiring writers it’s important to get the creative juices going and get something down. Don’t dither and wait for inspiration. It rarely comes uninvited. You have to get your brain churning. Another important point: beautiful locations may inspire writers, but they are rarely places to actually write. Glorious beaches, pools in the Mediterranean may appear perfect, but in reality they provide too many distractions. Most writers – myself included -prefer staring at a blank wall with the rain pounding outside.
I work for five, maybe six hours without a break – although there are numerous trips to the refrigerator.
When I’ve finished I stare at the treadmill in the corner of my bedroom and it stares back at me. If I’m feeling up to it, I might divest it of the clothes and bags hanging from it and jog a mile or so. If I’m not, I’ll make more tea, go back to the sofa and switch on Deal or No Deal.
Thanks so much for this terrific guest post Sue and that awesome picture of Brian the cat and your writing space! I have to agree that writing in bed has to be the most comfy place for me as well!
About A Catered Affair (from Fantastic Fiction)
A novel about a jilted bride who’s about to discover that not marrying the wrong man can sometimes lead you to the right one.
When Tallulah gets jilted at the altar, she gets very drunk and starts making passes at the male wedding guests. She even propositions the caterer. But in the next few weeks, reality comes crashing down around her. Her difficult mother becomes more impossible than ever. Her lesbian sister starts trying to have a baby. Nana Ida gets busy matchmaking. What Tallulah is about to discover is that happiness doesn’t always come in the form of the perfect doctor- and that sometimes real love doesn’t require a catered affair.
About Sue Margolis
I have one copy of A Catered Affair by Sue Margolis to share with my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on Saturday, August 27/11. Good luck everyone!
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