Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A Writer's View: D. Melhoff


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D. Melhoff’s Writing Space: The Cell


Writers are like cats. Apart from being aloof and independent, we’re incredibly territorial; if you’ve ever wandered around an author’s home, you’ve likely noticed that one of the rooms looks particularly well lived-in, or one of the chairs has a deeper indent than the rest of them, or there’s a cluster of coffee mugs collecting around a cozy hearth.

My writing environment is not so comfortable.

I call my space: “The Cell”.

This is where Come Little Children was written—in an old office building where I’ve signed a month-to-month agreement with a landlord who believes in peace and quiet and physical partitions. See for yourself: it’s a four-foot-by-four-foot cubicle with one lamp, two power outlets, and three padded walls (note: the lamp hasn’t worked in four months). It’s about as homey as the chokey in Matilda.

Speaking of the chokey, did you notice that thumb-tack in the wall beside the computer screen? Sometimes I pull it out and push it back in a few times if I’m feeling bored or tired, but since that’s more boring than anything I was already doing, I usually tell myself to stop wasting time and get back to work. It’s depressing, but effective.

In terms of surroundings, the vent from the air conditioner—which is usually set somewhere between -5 and -5,000 degrees—is right above me, and there’s a hole in the roof that dribbles rainwater when the storms are bad enough. One time, I kid you not, a raccoon poked its head through the hole, gave me a bewildered look, and then vanished.

To you my writing space may seem scarier than anything in my novels, but one person’s cell is another person’s palace. Peace, quiet, and partitions—I’ll take that over a Starbucks any day. And as nice as it would be to have a private writing hut or my own personal caravan, I’m content where I am. Plus, let’s be honest: the padded walls are probably for my own good.

About the Author:
D. Melhoff is the author of Come Little Children, a supernatural thriller about a family of morticians who are connected to a string of paranormal murders in the town of Nolan, Yukon.

Official Website: www.dmelhoff.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dmelhoff
Twitter: @dmelhoff
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/dmelhoff

Watch a book trailer of Come Little Children:



The Nolan morgue is more than just an ordinary funeral home. When their newest employee uncovers a supernatural conspiracy connected to a string of child murders, she must use every shred of her intelligence to stop a new breed of serial killer and escape the morgue alive.

3 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Eva Millien said...

thanks for sharing your writing space and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

Natasha D said...

Sounds like an amazing read!!
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