Ellen here, so happy to welcome back Chicks and personal pal Edith/Maddie. AND she includes news about a really fun upcoming virtual appearance with yours truly. 😉 If you’re like me and love virtually other authors’ workspaces, read on…
Where I Work
Thanks for inviting me over, Ellen and the Chicks, to help celebrate the release of Murder at the Lobstah Shack at the end of this month!
It happens to be my twenty-sixth novel to be published, with the first out nine years ago. I am, to put it modestly, a fairly productive author. And I know readers often like to know what the writer’s workspace looks like.
Is it a broad and pristine antique desk? Do we write on a laptop or dictate the text while pacing around an office? Do we even have an office, or do we get the work done with pen and paper in a coffeeshop? Oh, wait. Pandemic. Quarantine. That wasn’t even possible for a while during the last year and a half. For those who remain vulnerable or who can’t tolerate wearing a mask for hours on end, writing in public isn’t an option.
So I thought I’d show you a few version of my office over the years since I’ve become a serious writer of crime fiction.
This photo is from my previous house. It was a small office upstairs at the back of the house, but it was all mine and looked out at our lovely shaded garden. My late kitty Birdy, who became the series cat in my long-running Country Store Mysteries, used to join me at work.
Then we moved a few towns north, to another antique home that needed gutting and renovating, luckily one of things my beau, Hugh, is good at. I had my office in a corner of the kitchen until he’d finished with the room upstairs. At first, the room was pristine and uncluttered.
O, fool I, to think it would stay that way!
Here’s one after I really moved in.
And here’s yesterday. Yes, I have a convertible desk now, but I never sit at it. And I confess to having tidied up before I took this shot.
But it’s still a room of my own, with a door that closes. When I need a quick break from creating, I can check out what’s happening on the street outside, watch birds in the giant antique swamp oak, and monitor UPS, FedEx, and USPS trucks, always hoping that they’ll stop with a package for me.
Most important, my office is a space where I can let my imagination roam free. The muse, whoever she is, gets out of my way most of the time, but she guides me when I need her. I plan to keep writing books in this room for many years to come.
Readers: Where is your special place for projects or doing things on your own? I’ll send one commenter a copy of Murder at the Taffy Shop, the previous book in the Cozy Capers Book Group series so you’ll be ready for the November 30 release of the new one!
And I hope everyone will join Ellen and me for our fabulous fun conversation December 1 at 7 pm EST in a virtual event at Belmont Books in the Boston area. Register here. We’ll have prizes and maybe games, and for sure lots of laughter.
In Murder at the Lobstah Shack, Tulia Peters’ Lobstah Shack offers locals and tourists in Westham, Massachusetts, some of Cape Cod’s most delectable cuisine. But when the body of Annette DiCicero is discovered in the kitchen’s walk-in freezer—with a custom-made claw-handled lobster pick lodged in her neck—spoiled appetites are the least of Tulia’s worries. After a heated public argument with Annette, Tulia is a person of interest in the homicide investigation. To clear Tulia’s name, Mac and the Cozy Capers Book Group snoop into Annette’s personal life. Between Annette’s temperamental husband, his shady business partner, and two women tied to Annette’s past life as “Miss New Bedford”, several suspects and multiple motives emerge. And they’re getting crabby about Mac intruding on their affairs.
Maddie Day pens the bestselling Country Store Mysteries and Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, she writes the Agatha Award-winning Quaker Midwife Mysteries and short crime fiction. She’s a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America, and lives north of Boston with her beau, where she cooks, gardens, and wastes time on Facebook.
If you’d like an autographed copy of any of her books, please order it from Jabberwocky Books and she’ll run over and sign a copy for you. Murder at the Lobstah Shack is also available wherever else books are sold, including here.
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