It’s time to chat to another author about their writing space, and to see where their stories are made. This month, please say hello to Jodi Perry, author of Nineteen Letters, a beautiful love story that I inhaled in just a couple of days. As an added bonus, you can also win a copy of Jodi’s book; I’ll let you know how at the end of the post. For now, over to Jodi!
1. My stories are made …
All my stories are usually written at home at my kitchen table, but when we are up the coast at our holiday house, you may find me down by the lake with my laptop. When I’m writing though, I don’t seem to notice my surroundings. I’m in my characters’ world you could say.
2. My stance on notebooks is …
Gasp! I have never used a notebook. Does that make me weird? I have on occasions jotted things down on a serviette while dining at a restaurant, and once on a receipt I found in the bottom of my handbag. Very classy! But otherwise I store most of my ideas in my head. I don’t usually plot out a story, or my characters like some authors. I just sit down and write … tackling one sentence at a time. I basically have the ideas for the entire story set out in my mind when I start. If I hit a wall, find a plot hole or come across an idea that isn’t going to work, I’ll usually take a day off and use that time to mull it over until I find a solution.
3. I am … tidy or messy?
Usually tidy. I can be a little OCD with certain things. But there are times that my work place is littered with signed books, swag and prizes. Having them near, reminds me to either draw the giveaways, or take a trip the post office. Maybe this would be where a notepad would come in handy.
4. I like … noise or silence?
It depends. Usually silence. If I’m writing an intense scene I like total silence so I can concentrate fully. If it’s a hard or emotional scene, I might listen to certain songs on my iPod to help put me in the right frame of mind. I find this really sets the mood for me.
5. On my desk, I must have …
If I’m in full writing mode, I may have snacks or a drink because I don’t always take the time to stop and eat. It kills my mojo. Or maybe a book. Especially if I’m writing part of a series. I’ll keep the previous books handy so I can reference from them.
6. My walls are covered in …
At the moment my walls are empty. We are in the process of moving, but I do have boxes full of my framed covers, the awards my stories have won, gifts I’ve received from my readers, and over five hundred signed paperbacks that I’ve collected from my favourite authors over the years, as well as my countless unsigned books. I’ve been lucky enough to do multiple signings here in Australia, as well as America and the United Kingdom. My goal is to set up my own library/office when we move to the country … something with a beautiful view.
7. I love my writing space because …
It’s safe to say that I’m not in love my writing space at the moment, but I do take solace in that fact that I’ll soon have my dream writing cave, so I’m looking forward to that time. I’m also still using the old laptop my husband bought me eight years ago. I did try update last year, but the new laptop wasn’t the same … It just felt wrong. I only used it that once, and went back to my old and faithful.
Win a Copy of Nineteen Letters
The 19th of January, 1996 … I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the same day I developed my first crush on a girl. Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after our wedding day, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared. That’s when I started writing her letters. The stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we’d experienced together.
What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.
To win a signed copy of Jodi Perry’s gorgeous new book, all you have to do is leave a comment below. Winner will be drawn by random number generator at 5pm on September 20 and notified by email that night. Good luck!