Inside Lori Rader-Day’s Writing Space
Lori Rader-Day is the author of the Mary Higgins Clark Award-nominated mystery The Black Hour and Little Pretty Things, from Seventh Street Books. Lori fills us in on her writing spot (or should we say, spots!).
I wish I could say I had a writers’ garret, but the truth is that the garret, er, the attic, usually goes to my husband, who works from home for his day job. I leave to go to an office every day, but not to write novels. So where do the novels get written?
Much of my writing gets done during my lunch hours, but away from the day-job office. I go to restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, anywhere I can hang out for an hour and feed the twin siren calls of words and hot tea. I have a few favorites, like this Bar Louie with a decent Caesar salad, but sometimes I miscalculate and choose a place like this during, say, March Madness. Two words: emergency headphones.
On the weekends I write at home and, since I don’t have children, it’s not too difficult to simply choose one end of the sofa and get to work. All I need is (yes) tea, a snack (that’s a cheese stick on the table), and the fortitude to ignore any household chores that might still need doing. But then the real danger of working at home reveals
itself: The dog would like to have a chat about these unplayed-with dog toys, please.
When it’s warm out, this is all moot. My favorite place to write is on our back porch, rain or shine.
Learn more about Lori’s latest mystery, Little Pretty Things, here.
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