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We live in a very open plan home on the outskirts of the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia.
My husband knows just how important my writing is to me, so he very kindly divided his beloved ‘man cave’ and built me my very own writing room. It’s a place I can come to and feel as though I’m a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday distractions.
I’ve made it my own personal space, designed for writing but have filled it with precious pieces that make me happy. My magnificent mahogany desk looks out to a wall of contrasting white shelving filled with ‘stuff’ that gets my motivational juices flowing; research folders, photos of my loved ones, fun photos of me, magazines and cards from people I love and who are very dear to my heart. And let’s not forget the fashion. I love fashion. Fashion has been part of me since I was a little girl, just as writing has, so it made sense to me, after many years of a non-fiction writing focus to turn my passion for fashion and love of writing into a genre specific to me and what I love- ‘Designer Drama’. So, for these reasons, my writing room is always adorned with fashion books and fashion fiction novels to help with my research, and inspiration and to just well……satisfy my passion!
It’s not unusual to see my heritage Singer sewing machine in the middle of my writing room from time to time. Sometimes a girl just needs a little distraction…….
My actual work tools consist of an IMac desktop computer, an IPad Pro, two laptops, some good quality notepads and a beautiful Waterman pen. My Princess Grace of Monaco Mont Blanc takes pride of place as the centrepiece of beauty on my desk, but it’s not my everyday writing tool. I also have a glass noticeboard which I use to capture ideas. Sitting above the noticeboard is a framed copy of the cover of my published non-fiction book, Diet Tips for Busy Chicks, which I wrote at another time of my life. I use it as inspiration that, yes, it is possible to get published. This was a time when I was torn between fiction and non-fiction works. I chose the non-fiction option back then because I felt it was the right thing to do. Looking back, I gained a great deal of experience, but I knew in my heart that I would return to my writing room to bring the colourful characters of my designer dramas to life. It is here that I plan to finally bring Chapter House, my first fiction manuscript to realisation.
Oh, and the other two things that you’ll always find on my desk; a steaming cup of tea and a coaster I have adapted from a local clothing fashion label, which brings the world of fashion directly to my desk each day.