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Taking inspiration from The Guardian's 'Writers' Rooms', Sky Arts' 'The Write Place' and Book Chick City's excellent 'Where Stories Are Made'; My Writing Room is a fabulous fortnightly event, in which some of our favourite authors show us where the writerly magic happens, and tell us a little about their writing life.
We are super excited to bring you the writing room of author Kim Wright. Her novel LOVE IN MID AIR is published by Allen & Unwin and is out now!
My Writing Room by Kim Wright
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My office is a tiny little nook that my home builder described as “the nursery,” a description I find pretty appropriate. I write there first thing in the morning, but if I work again in the afternoon, I like to take it somewhere else – maybe just out on the deck or to the café down the street. Background noise actually helps me focus.
My pride and joy is this strange little shelf I bought to hold the foreign editions of Love in Mid Air. Before I wrote my novel, I was a travel writer for 25 years and before that I used to travel to Europe with my dad, who was an antique importer. I would go into the bookstores in these cities and wander around the aisles and think “Who are these people who are published all over the world?” It always seemed magical to me. So when I first sold Love in Mid Air to a US publisher the foreign rights were hugely important to me. Six editions have come out so far – three more to go – and I like to keep copies on my little shelf right above my computer. They keep me focused on the exciting and fulfilling parts of writing on those inevitable days when things aren’t going so well.
One necessarily component of my office is my dog Otis. He’s a rescue dog and they literally found him sitting on a dock by the bay…ergo, his full name, Otis Redding. He stretches out under my desk and snoozes while I work and he’s actually a very calming influence. His only drawback as a muse is that sometimes he eats my ink pens.