‘Where Stories Are Made’ is a new feature here at Book Chick City. It’s where the author takes us on a tour of their writing place, be it an office, coffee shop or park and tells us about their writing day and rituals.
My guest today is the lovely paranormal romance author, Marta Acosta…
For most of my life, I had to get up well before 7:00 to get to work or drop a kid off to school, so I would always miss “The California Report,” a news update on the local public radio station that played at 6:50 a.m. I loved this brief radio show about all the political happenings in my state, and I enjoyed holidays when I could stay in bed and listen to it. Well, be careful what you wish for. Writing full-time means that I don’t have to dash off to an office every morning, but now that I can listen to the show, California is in a terrible financial crisis and all the news is horrible and depressing.
So sometimes I just turn off the alarm-clock radio and get up.
I don’t really need an alarm clock, since my rescued dogs, Betty and Bosco, wait outside my bedroom door early every morning, and the sound of them tap-dancing anxiously wakes me up. I start the day by taking them to a vast open park on the San Francisco Bay. There are gorgeous snowy cranes and egrets, mallards, brown pelicans, cormorants, and blue herons. In the autumn, geese fly overhead in formation.
My dogs race through the tall grasses while I meander along, enjoying the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the fields, and thinking about plot points and characters. I often figure out ways to solve a story’s problem on these walks.
When I return home, I go to my “office,” which is an alcove off my bedroom. I’ve owned a lot of desks that were unsatisfactory in some way or another – too big, too wobbly, insufficient drawer space – and now I have a narrow and indestructible Steelcase desk that’s perfect. It’s placed in front of a window facing the back garden. Immediately outside is a pergola with California native grape growing on it. Mockingbirds, dove, robins, and blue jays visit and squirrels scamper along it.
I have a side table covered with papers to be filed, a cupboard for my office supplies, and vintage pottery and tins to hold pens and postcards. On the left of my laptop, I keep a Slinky Jr. that I habitually fidget with while I think or talk on the phone.
My first task is reading all my emails and checking for news on my books. Then I write a post for Vampire Wire, my paranormal/urban fantasy blog. I usually get caught up in the nonsense of this blog and it’s a while before I get around to making coffee and reading the daily news. After that, I take care of the business of writing, which can be related to marketing materials, updating my websites, fan correspondence, whatever. You’d be surprised by all the collateral work that surrounds writing.
Finally, I get to work on my fiction. My romantic comedy, Nancy’s Theory of Style (under my pen-name Grace Coopersmith) was published in May, and Haunted Honeymoon, Casa Dracula Book 4, is available September 28. My next book will be The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, a young adult gothic to be published by Tor Books. My new editor will send me her notes and I’ll dive into that world, my trusty Slinky Jr. by my side.
Haunted Honeymoon: 28 Sept 2010
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**Next time on ‘Where Stories Are Made’: Rachel Vincent**