Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Writing Environment


My Writing Environment
By Margaret Daley

I remember when I first stated writing back in the Dark Ages when I used a typewriter. I had my typewriter set up on the kitchen table. I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve advanced to a computer (and so glad I don’t have to revise a manuscript on a typewriter—a lot of work) and I have my own office with a door I can close when I want to keep the world out.

Have you ever tried to write and family members keep interrupting you and you lose your thought in mid-sentence? Or, you don’t have anywhere to spread your stuff out? There are times when I’m on a deadline that my office gets messy, but I don’t have to straighten up until I’ve sent my book off. I just shut the door so no one has to see the mess but me.

When I set up my office years ago, I put a lot of thought into its layout and furniture. I wanted something that inspired me and was comfortable. After all, I was going to spend hours and hours in that room. I spend more time in my office than any room in my house—even my bedroom. Okay, that may read that I’m a workaholic and I probably am but I have everything I need at my fingertips.
My office walls are painted hot pink with white trim. I didn’t know how I was going to like hot pink and thought if it didn’t work out I could paint over it. But I love the walls. I find the color is invigorating, and I haven’t grown tired of the hot pink yet. In fact, the color has grown on me.

Over the years I began collecting flamingoes. I love animals and flamingoes are hot pink. What better accent than that in my office! Now I have so many—from a giant six-foot stuffed flamingo to a Christmas tree with mostly flamingo ornaments on it. The tree is up year round. And if my cats leave the tree alone, the ornaments stay on it.

When I published my first book in 1981, my husband starting framing my books to hang on the wall. Now I have over sixty on the walls in my office. When I get discouraged, I can look at what I’ve accomplished in almost thirty years in the business.

How important is your workspace to you? For me it is my getaway where I can go to dream up stories to entertain readers. I usually read books for pleasure even in my office. I have a couch that is quite comfortable. I have been known to fall asleep on it.

What do you think is important in an office or a workspace?

My book out in October is Severed Trust, 4th book in The Men of the Texas Rangers Series for Abingdon Press

Blurb for Severed Trust:
The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can't wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Helping Lexie recover from the overdose, Sadie feels she is making a difference—until the 16-year-old's best friend dies from the apparent mixing of various prescription drugs. Lexie doesn't think her friend took her own life, but her relationship with her Uncle Ethan is precarious and she doesn’t know
if either he or Sadie will help her discover the truth.


5 comments:

Jenny Blake said...

I have to say I would struggle with hot pink walls but then I tend to have a rather passionate dislike for pink.

I love the look of your latest book and will definitely be reading it at some stage. I have loved this series.

Sandra Orchard said...

I love your hot pink walls! Of course, with 60 framed book covers, there's very little showing. :)

I have my first series framed in a set of three frame, but of course, about the time I got published was when they stopped sending authors cover art flats, so...I had to have them printed at the photo shop and they didn't keep them the actual size. Not sure how to fix that, but after seeing your walls...I'm thinking maybe I will keep printing more. :)

Looking forward to the next installment in your series. Is there one more after this? Or how many?

Christine Johnson said...

Margaret, that color is certainly an eye-opener! No wonder you feel energized when you're there.

Wow! 60 books. That's about all I can say. As a slower writer, I am in awe... Congratulations on your new release.

Rhonda Gibson said...

Love your writing environment, Margaret. I hang my book covers too... there is just something about seeing your hard work on the walls. Love the post!

Pamela Tracy said...

I loved seeing the pictures. I hang my pictures too.