The Writer's View: Tamara Carlisle

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Tamara will be awarding two $25 Amazon GCs to randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Click on the banner to see the other stops in her tour.

The view inside my writing space is primarily of the Queen Anne-style desk I’ve had since I was a teen. I wrote even then on that same desk. I try not to have a lot of distractions around me so there isn’t much else to see except blinds that are closed to avoid outside distractions such as passing cars or animals that have wandered away from the nearby creek; speakers that are silent because I can’t even listen to music while writing without losing my train of thought; a coaster with my usual Diet Pepsi or Sugar Free Red Bull sitting on it to keep my fatigue at bay (or, when I’m trying to be healthy, water); a Royal Tara Celtic Spirit lamp for the extra light I prefer and because I’m obsessed with everything Celtic thanks to my Scots-Irish heritage; a phone sitting in its charger; a mouse pad containing a picture of my daughter at the age of five; a cordless mouse because I fight with the corded ones; a somewhat wide-screen monitor with a Skype camera perched atop it; and a simple keyboard because I have difficulty using laptop keyboards and ergonomic ones. I keep the computer itself as well as the printer off to the side and out of the way.

Someday, I hope to be able to write in bed with a large monitor hovering above or to the side of me and excellent voice recognition software. I’m really not that lazy, but it does sound nice in principle, especially after a long day at work.

The view outside my window is covered by my blinds. If I opened the blinds, it would be very dark for most of the year since I usually write in the evenings. In the summer, when it is light later, I would see a large tree and a little red school house that is silent because all the children who spent their day running and screaming have left for the day (and those pre-schoolers really do scream all day long).

When I’m writing, however, I don’t see either of those views. I transcribe the story from the movie playing in my head. In Away from the Spotlight, the movie in my head started with a daydream about the red carpet at the Oscars, a far more glamorous setting than my little desk that overlooks a little red school house.

About the Author:
Tamara Carlisle is a former attorney and business consultant. Away from the Spotlight is her first published work of fiction. She currently is working on two additional novels: one is about love in the music industry and the other is a work of paranormal fiction. Tamara currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her British husband and daughter. For further information, go to

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Tamara’s Goodreads Author Page also includes a blog detailing trivia relating to Away from the Spotlight.

In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman Will MacKenzie. Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship. Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so. Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart? Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?


Tamara Carlisle said…
Good morning and thank you, Judy, for having me here this morning! Hope you enjoy seeing my writing space.
Ingeborg said…
I enjoyed reading about your writing space.
Anonymous said…
I love books with a cinematic feel...this sounds intriguing!

Tamara Carlisle said…
Glad you enjoyed it, Ingeborg! Thanks, Vitajex -hope you enjoy the book. Thanks to both of you for stopping in this morning.
Thank you for hosting today.
MomJane said…
I loved your interview. I love your desk. I still have one that belonged to my grandmother, vintage 1890. Keep on writing. This story sounds really exciting and fun.
Tamara Carlisle said…
MomJane, your antique desk sounds beautiful. Thank you for your kind words. I will keep writing. I hope to have my next novel out by the end of the year.
dtsinsr said…
I like the desk. It's very pretty. Is it an antique?
Tamara Carlisle said…
Dtsinsr, it's only an antique if I am! It's relatively modern - glad you like it. Thanks for joining us today!
Tamara Carlisle said…
Thank you, Judy, for including me in your blog today! I look forward to following your blog and seeing other writers' views.
Mary Preston said…
I work with pre-schoolers. They can be noisy, but better that it's outside.

Love your desk.

Suzie said…
I understand about having distractions while writing. I live in the country and even the dogs barking will distract me when writing a blog post. As for the large screen monitor have you though about hooking up your television screen to make it a super-sized monitor?


Tamara Carlisle said…
Thanks, Mary - my desk is small, but I like it. Ooh, Suzie, I think you've got a great idea there about the TV! Thank you both for joining us here.
Tamara Carlisle said…
Congratulations to Mary P. and Shannon R. for winning the Amazon $25 gift cards! I appreciate everyone who joined me on my tour. Please stay in touch on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads!