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My Writing Desk
The truth is . . . I don’t have one! I used to have one years ago when I was convinced that all “real” writers have a writing desk. It was even set up in a cute little alcove with a gorgeous view and bookshelves and all the things that should make a writing room the place to well, write!
But I never wrote there. I always wrote sitting on my bed, usually rugged up because the house was an old villa with little insulation. Every now and then I would force myself to go to my writing desk and try to write. I would stare out the window, or get distracted by the books nearby, surf the internet but no storytelling happened. So, when I moved out of that house, I finally admitted to myself that I just wasn’t a desk writer and it got gifted to the Salvation Army.
These days my favorite spot to write is the corner spot in the large couch in the “grown up” lounge (this is purely wishful thinking, my children pay zero attention to the designation!) I’m currently on maternity leave from my day job with my youngest so occasionally I get some writing in while he naps during the few days a week it is just the two of us and his brother and sister are at school and daycare but most of my writing is done at night once the three small benevolent dictators are tucked up in bed.
If not on the couch, then the other place I write is in bed. Next to me is a bookshelf stuffed with my to-read books, with more books teetering on top of the shelves and still more piled up beside and under the bed (I like to have lots of options within reach!). If I’m in the first draft process then there will just be my laptop. If I’m in the editing process then there will also be research books, red pens, sticky notes, and pieces of paper with scrawled notes with changes that need to be made.
As I’m typing this my next book, Then There Was You, releases in four days so most of my time is being spent on things like guest blog posts, answering interview questions, preparing content for social media and organizing things like a Facebook launch party. I’m also reading through the next book of one of my critique partners before she hands it into her editor. Then my family and I are off for a couple of weeks in July but after we’re back I’ll be starting on a couple of new projects. One is Kat’s story (a character who appears in my first three books) and the other is one I hope to be able to share about soon.
More about Then There Was You:
Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.
Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But, in the past, his failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He’s determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.
When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?
Kara Isaac lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Close to You, a RITA Award Double Finalist, and Can’t Help Falling, an RT Review Top Pick. Her next book Then There Was You releases on June 22. When she’s not chasing three adorable but spirited little people, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand.