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By Susan Sloate
Thanks for hosting me today, and for asking about the view inside my writing space. Here’s a glimpse into my world:
The view inside my writing space is about what you’d expect a writer’s hangout to be, except that currently I’m staying with a friend, so my writing space isn’t really my own, and that’s not totally comfortable.
So sometimes my writing space is the bedroom, where I have a desktop computer facing a window that faces into a set of blinds that are kept permanently closed (we’re on the ground floor, and it’s easier to maintain privacy that way). There’s a (non-working) printer to my right and a desk lamp (not often used) to my left on a big scarred wooden desk (also not mine).
I like this space because it’s the easiest for me to get to in the morning, and the most private during the day (I can close the bedroom door).
On the other hand, I also often use the kitchen table, which holds my own laptop and behind which is a set of bookshelves on which I can stack my stuff, including my planner, which I keep close at hand.
Almost always, to the left of my laptop I keep a notebook or reference books or anything else I’m using with whatever project I’m currently working on. Across the room is a sliding glass door that leads outside—but the blinds are kept closed there, too. So I’m not getting much stimulation from looking around my physical world.
But that’s okay, because between my Internet access and the pictures playing in my head, there’s more than enough going on to keep me visually stimulated! While writing STEALING FIRE I was thinking about 1980’s New York and L.A., and both seeing and hearing the musicals of that time and the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, about 25 years earlier (as my hero, Beau, worked on Broadway during those years). Truthfully, when my mind starts playing pictures and music, I tend not to notice my physical surroundings at all, because I’m so entranced with the pictures I’ve created (or remembered) for myself.
So though I have no pictures to show you of the physical space I work in, not seeing them is really like seeing through my eyes into my world—because when my mind starts clicking creatively, that real work space just dissolves, and I can no more see what’s around me than you can.
In glittery 1980’s Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg is a brilliant Broadway lyricist now writing advertising jingles and yearning for one more hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing life.
Amanda Harary, a young singer out of synch with her contemporaries, works at a small New York hotel, while she dreams of singing on Broadway.
When they meet late at night over the hotel switchboard, what begins will bring them each unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache ... until they learn that some connections, however improbable, are meant to last forever.
STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative power of love.
STEALING FIRE was a Quarter-Finalist (Top 5%) in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.
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