‘Where Stories Are Made‘ is a regular feature here at Book Chick City. It’s where an 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 in words and pictures.
My guest today is urban fantasy author, Joseph Nassise…
Eyes to See – Out Oct
Rogue Angel: Tear of the Gods – Out Now
I work a part-time job, so I write three days a week plus weekends. On the days that I am writing I mainly do so from home and I do what I can to stick to a regular routine. I get my kids up and out the door for school by 8:00. I come home, eat breakfast, feed the dogs, make some coffee and I’m at my desk by 8:30 ready to write. On the days when I’m a little slow to get started, I might spend a few minutes reading email and catching up on an eclectic mix of blogs, but I’m always writing by 8:45 at the latest.
I will write for two and a half hours and then take a break. If my wife is home we’ll have lunch together. If not, I’ll grab something to eat and get a few minutes of reading in while doing so. Then it is back in the chair again from 12:30 to 3:00, when I pick up my kids from school. That gives me a solid five hours of writing on my designated days, which works out pretty well. Weekends are family time, so I don’t keep the same schedule, but I’ll grab a few hours here and there if I can.
My desk sits on one side of the family room, so there is usually a lot going on around me. I have six dogs and they like to keep me company while I work, lying in a semi-circle around my chair. This might not be an issue if I owned six Chihuahuas, but since my pack includes Australian Shepherds, a Border Collie, a Boxer-Ridgeback mix, a Siberian Husky and a Rottweiler, with the latter two weighing at well over 100 pounds, it makes it a little difficult to push away from the desk at times!
My desk tends to be messy, but I’m okay with that. (Fortunately, for the photo, it was cleaner than usual.) If it is spotless I actually have difficulty writing – apparently the cluttered desk goes with my cluttered mind! Hanging above my desk is a white board that lists the various projects I have underway, the publisher I’m working with on that project, and approximately how far along I am on any of them. I work on several projects at a time, so this helps me keep track of it all and keep me generally on target. The picture shows how my board looked at the end of last month.
Hanging over my desk are the two certificates I received for my 2002 and 2007 Bram Stoker Nominations and around the room are framed posters of the cover art from my various books, like the one pictured here for my latest Rogue Angel novel, Tear of the Gods. I also have posters in Italian from when my novel Riverwatch helped launch Gargoyle Books in Rome and photographs of window displays in bookstores throughout Germany that featured my first international bestseller, Der Ketzer.
When a change of scenery is needed, I’ll head for the food court of the local shopping mall. It sounds crazy, but for whatever reason I find that I get a lot of work done in the midst of all that hustle and bustle. And when all is said and done, I get to wrap up my days with gorgeous desert sunsets like this one. Not so bad, right?
Tor Books is kindly giving away a copy of ‘Eyes to See‘ to one lucky commenter (US/Canada only – publisher’s request).
This giveaway ends Tue 27th Sept 2011.
All you have to do to enter is the following:
1. Leave a comment for Joseph here
3. One entry per person (duplicate entries will be disqualified)
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**Next time on ‘Where Stories Are Made’: Victoria Laurie**