I am so happy to have Melissa Pearl here on Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf today!!
My Writing Cave
by Melissa Pearl
When I think of the word cave, I imagine a dark, cozy place. My writing cave is not like that. I love to have plenty of space and light... which is why I set up my desk in our ridiculously large bedroom (if you knew how small our lounge was, you'd understand why I used the word ridiculous).
I spend my writing hours up in my room, which is the only quiet space in the house sometimes. I need quiet. I can't write with music distracting me. I like to step into the world of my characters and silence helps me do that. I often say the dialogue aloud when I'm writing or editing, so somewhere private is essential as well :)
When I was a kid, my parents found this old post office desk, which they hauled home, sanded down and revarnished. It was originally my brother's, but when he moved overseas, I inherited it and I love it. I want to keep forever.
Being a mother of a kindy kid and a baby, gives me very limited writing time. When bub goes down for his nap, I literally run upstairs and start working. I then get a second opportunity for his afternoon nap and I probably work two or three evenings a week. I also get two hours on a Sunday morning. That's one of my favourite times of the week :)
When I am intensely writing I find it really helpful to have a big chunk of time. My husband, very generously, gives me the odd weekend where I can hide away and write my little fingers raw. It is amazing how much you can get through when you have uninterrupted time. I'm not trying to boast in any way here, but I seriously think if I could have 7 - 10 days of uninterrupted writing, I could pump out a novel in that time.
However, I am very glad for my life, my children and all the other distractions, because I think if they didn't exist I would have square eyes, be skeletally skinny (I forget to eat when I'm writing) and have no semblance of a life. Balance is a beautiful thing.
Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy #1)
by Melissa Pearl
My first trilogy is being self-published through Smashwords & Amazon.
Golden Blood was released in November 2011 and has been getting great reviews, along with Black Blood (Bk #2), which came out in December 2011. Pure Blood (Bk #3) is due for release in February 2012.
It has been a totally thrilling ride and I can't wait to keep putting my stuff out there.
I live in New Zealand with my husband and two sons, but we are moving to China in August, as my husband has scored a great job working at an international school in Suzhou. It's going to be a busy and exciting year :)