Tom Wood’s Writing World
From the streets of London to a dedicated writing room, author Tom Wood takes us inside his world as he writes his bestselling series.
I have a spare bedroom in my apartment that I use as a dedicated writing space. Inside is my desk, chair, computers, a sofa and not much else. I try to leave it as empty as possible beyond the bare essentials. I always—always—begin my writing day with a mug of strong black coffee made with a French press. I’ve been meaning to buy a dedicated espresso machine but I never seem to get around to it, especially as a big part of me worries I’ll become even more of a coffee addict if I do.
Keeping my writing space minimal helps limit distractions. My protagonist, Victor, would approve of this Spartan approach. In A Time to Die he adopts the same philosophy when preparing a safe house from which to operate during his assignment to kill Milan Rados, a ruthless Serbian warlord turned mob boss. There’s nothing in the safe house he doesn’t need in the same way there is nothing in my writing space that doesn’t serve some useful purpose. Even the house plant that resides on my desk has a job. She’s a Venus Fly Trap named Athena, who is a recent addition brought in to deal with the summer’s insect invasion. So far she’s saved me from at least one mosquito and is currently digesting a fat fly. She’s good at what she does, just like Victor.
Living in London means there are a great many places to write on the move, and I regularly take my laptop out and about around the city. I tend to get restless if I’m cooped up for too long so it helps to have a change of scenery and background noise. London is a fascinating place full of interesting individuals. You never know what you might see or hear that sparks the imagination. I’ve based several characters on people I’ve seen in libraries, cafes or on the streets and I’m always on the lookout for Victor’s next target.
Tom Wood was born and raised in Staffordshire, England, and now lives in London. He is the international bestselling author of The Darkest Day, No Tomorrow, and The Enemy.
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