Guest Chick: Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day

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.

Birdy supervises the 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.

Find Edith and Maddie at their web site, at Wicked Authors, at Mystery Lovers Kitchen on the second and fourth Fridays, and on social media under both names.

Facebook: Maddie Day Author

Instagram: Maddie Day Author

Twitter: Edith Maxwell and Maddie Day Author

46 thoughts on “Guest Chick: Edith Maxwell/Maddie Day

  1. EDITH/MADDIE: Wow, calling yourself a fairly productive writer is an understatement!
    Kudos to your fertile imagination and work ethic and for setting up an optimal writing space that works for you. I know you also go on solo writing retreats, too. How is your writing setup different in those environments?

    Me, I no longer use my student desk that I bought from IKEA over 35 years ago.
    Instead, any writing and projects are done at my (unused) dining room table.
    Not a very inspiring setup, but the table provides a much larger working space to setup my laptop, printer/scanner, references and other items that I need for the task at hand.
    Oh, and I also face AWAY from the window to avoid getting distracted. A blank white wall is my view.

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  2. Absolutely LOVED Murder at the Lobstah Shack, as you already know;) I’m a fan of a window in front of the desk, mostly because in the spring the mama deer bring their new fawns by to show them off to me. At least I think that’s why. It might be to eat the rhododendrons…

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  3. When we first moved into the house I had thought my work area was going to be our unfinished basement. Oh such a fool I am since there was no heat in the basement. So now I do any crafting, beading, I enjoy in my living room. When I want to read I love stretching out in my bed or my husband’s recliner. I enjoy all of Edith Maxwell’s series and have my fingers crossed I might be lucky to be chosen.

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  4. Our work/computer area had always been tucked in a corner of a room that had another main purpose. That meant that it was almost impossible to leave things if one needed to take a break or wait until later to finish. At one point early on, hubby and I were even sharing the same computer – horror the thought.

    We we moved designing our forever home, we decided to built it to our needs and not with thoughts of what needed to be done for resale value. We figure that will be someone else’s headache. 🙂 Instead of small rooms paying to maintain and heat/cool them all when only a fraction of them were used, we built fewer rooms but made them bigger – same square footage. In the end, we only have ONE bedroom, ONE huge closet and a room equivalent to a bedroom size that has no closets and is 100% our computer/work room. It holds two large Amish made desks, a small night stand sized table that holds the printer, a bed for our furbaby and curio that holds my Mom’s frog collection – nothing more. It’s off the living area which makes it convenient. We love it! Each keeps their desk as it suits them with none of it visible to guests unless they go down or short hallway. The only problem is due to medical issues, I can’t sit at the computer but at short spells at a time. However, that might be a good thing too because it gets me up and our of there to tend to other things or to hit the recliner for some reading.

    Love your book! Whatever and however you do what you do – please keep it up for years and years to come publishing more fabulous books for us to enjoy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  5. Edith, no wonder you are such a prolific author, with that cozy office setup! I particularly noted the warm lighting, and I would love to watch the “action” out on the street from my own office window. Alas, we don’t have any immediate neighbors. I guess that means I should have zero distractions, but somehow I find them. I have a large, perfectly fine office-slash-guest room, but I tend to move my laptop to different locations depending on my mood: kitchen table, breakfast bar, living room, office, various beds…And I used to love writing in coffee shops. Hopeless, sigh.

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  6. Edith,
    I love seeing all the notes and photos on your whiteboard. Reminds me of the one over my desk, also in the corner of a room, but my whiteboard/bulletin board is far more cluttered than yours. Good to know it’s a sign of a creative mind!

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  7. Edith, thanks for being on the Chicks today! It was so fun seeing the different versions of your office space. I used to be in an office/guest room but have since relocated to the dining room area. It’s kind of nice actually having a view besides a blank wall (I’m not like Grace).

    Amazed at all the books you’ve written–hurrah!

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      1. Oh, man, the view can wreak havoc on productivity! I’m in front of a window that overlooks my neighbors backyard and they got two black lab puppies! I was a goner for awhile.


  8. It is indeed so very wonderful to have one’s own private space–a room of one’s own, as Virginia Woolf so wisely said. And your current one looks lovely! I’m lucky to have my own office, because I can’t concentrate with other people talking or watching TV or whatever in the background (hence, I never write in coffee shops).

    Thanks so much for visiting the Chicks today, and congrats on the release of your 26th novel–wow! Sending hugs, my dear! xoxo

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  9. I write mostly at a computer armoire that, just barely, contains a desktop computer, printer, scanner, files, and scattered notes. Originally, the idea was I could close it all up at the end of the day and not see the clutter. But with the larger desk chair I bought and piles of notes and papers on the retractable desk top, I rarely manage to close it anymore!
    Edith, it’s always lovely to have you visit with the Chicks, and congrats on “Murder at the Lobstah Shack”!

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  10. Edith, got a late start this morning. Apologies! I LOVE these photos and envy you your lovely New England home and office. Our office – yes, I share it with my husband, which has been interesting during the pandemic when he’s been working from home – could get us on an episode of Hoarders. (Well, him – but shhhh!) It’s in the back corner of the house, so it overlooks our own backyard, but it’s nice and quiet.

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    1. No worries, Ellen! My son and his wife worked the entire pandemic from the same home office – and they didn’t even need to, having a spare room. Their marriage is stronger than ever, though, so they survived the test.

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  11. My kitchen table is my usual spot. It is surrounded on three sides by windows for gazing, sadly at my rather boring backyard! This series is one of yours that I have not had the opportunity to start yet. Love the Country Store mysteries as well as the Quaker Midwife series. Thanks for making such good use of your writing spaces!

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  12. Edith, thank you so much for visiting us today. Loved seeing your workspaces (and Birdy, so sweet). They all look like wonderful places to spend time in.

    I have always had a desk somewhere in our houses (once inside an armoire–I could close the doors after typing and you’d never know it was there), but now that I have a laptop, I tend to wander away and type elsewhere…

    Congratulations and continued success to you and your wonderful books!

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  13. I loved reading an ARC of Murder at the Lobstah Shack. I’m also a big Robbie fan. Thanks for your imagination making it to reality.
    I don’t use my laptop much so I often balance it on my knees when I do work on it.

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  14. I LOVE seeing other writers’ work spaces! It absolutely fascinates me. I bounce around on a mini-trampoline at my stand-up desk which I find perfectly normal, but I get more than a few questions about!

    Edith, I’ve always been awed by your productivity and am so impressed by all your successes. You’re definitely doing something right, cluttered desk or not!

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      1. LOL! It’s not like I *exercise* on it. (Although sometimes when I take my 5-min break every hour I pull it out, put on some music, and really go to town.) Mostly it’s just a slight knee-bendy thing, side to side. Just keeps me moving. When I have to sit, it kills my back.

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      2. Awww, it was more fun me imagining you bouncing up/down than doing the knee-bendy thing, lol. But if it works for you, that’s great!


  15. Thanks for visiting the Chicks, and congratulations on #26 and all of your success!!

    Loved this look at your workspace! Mine had become the living room couch, much to the chagrin of my children. I like its proximity to the kitchen!

    Here’s to more productivity and #27 (and beyond). ❤


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