Where I Write: Robert J. Mrazek Takes Us Inside
Award winning-author Robert J. Mrazek brings back archaeologist Lexy Vaughan and retired Air Force officer Steve Macaulay in his latest novel, The Bone Hunters. In honor of its pub, he gives us a peek at where the magic happens.
My writing life is centered in a small brick house at the end of our walled garden. Its casement windows face out onto a 150 foot deep gorge. The sound of the cataract of racing water is a constant accompaniment to the work inside my lair.
In the long upstate New York winters, the lair is often covered with snow. Heat is provided by a gas space heater. In the month of February, I wrap my feet in a blanket.
I usually begin work by six o’clock in the morning when it is still dark. I enjoy the slow progression of the light coming up around me, giving birth to each day. When writing historical non-fiction, I cover the brick walls with enlarged photographs of the people I am writing about. On good days, their ghosts inspire me as I work.
Robert J. Mrazek is the author of the novels Valhalla, The Deadly Embrace, which won the W. Y. Boyd Prize for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Library Association, Unholy Fire, and Stonewall’s Gold, winner of the Michael Shaara Prize for Best Civil War Novel of 1999. He is also the author of two works of nonfiction, To Kingdom Come and A Dawn Like Thunder, which was named a Washington Post “Best Book of 2009.” A former five-term U.S. Congressman, he wrote the law that saved Manassas battlefield in Virginia from being developed into a shopping mall.
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