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My current ‘writing room’ is my orange Kate Spade bag. Wherever it is, so is my MacBook Air, which means I can write. I carry it everywhere and I’m sure some doctor out there will tell me that’s a recipe for back problems when I’m older, but I don’t care. I was born in Canada, had a whimsical stint in New York when I was 22 and then moved to London. Since I left University, I have moved on average every six months meaning whatever was core to my being had to be portable. That’s where handbags big enough to hold a laptop came in handy – and luckily – in fashion.The first bag I carried around like that was a knockoff Louis Vuitton canvas bag I got from a dodgy guy on Canal Street in New York. My 15-inch laptop weighed six pounds and I lugged it around The Big Apple every day just in case I found the inspiration to write. I did, and managed to pen a pretty terrible picture book whilst in cafes, on trains and even sitting in Christopher Park with homeless men and pigeons.
When I moved to London the bag moved on (I could only re-sew the strap on that horrible bag so many times), but I continued to carry around my writing. Over the years, my ‘writing room’ came in shapes of free canvas bags I’d been handed at events, actual lap top bags that I tried to pass off as handbags and finally, the perfect combination, my Kate Spade Southport Avenue Carmen.
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The majority of The Accidental Socialite was written in six months sitting on my bed between 9pm and 2am on Monday nights. However, I also wrote during my lunch breaks, on planes, in random hotel rooms across Europe and even in the changing room of my gym during the half hour wait I had before my 80s Aerobics class started. The only reason that book was ever finished was because I promised to send a friend five pages every Monday and I wrote whenever I had my laptop and a spare few minutes.
People in general just don’t have time to do what they love anymore, so the only way for me to finish my book with a full-time job and overtime social life was to use time I was normally wasting. Carrying my laptop with me made realizing my dream easier and my writing more interesting when my surroundings crept into the book. In the end, I have memories of writing my book that come with where I was when I wrote it.
Stephanie's novel The Accidental Socialite is out now.