I love my desk! After years of writing on the couch or at the dining room table, having my own writing space is heavenly.
From top to bottom: Yes, that’s a model of a B-17 Flying Fortress—the heroes in my first series were bomber pilots. The cupboards on top contain lots of big fat notebooks for manuscripts and research. The little cubbies are great for my dictionary, Chicago Manual of Style, and other supplies.
The tack board above my desk keeps me motivated. I keep my daily schedule, monthly calendar, weekly and monthly goals, and my research to-do list there. The packets of papers are suspended by binder clips from pushpins. When I’m working on a rough draft, I have maps and photos up there, too. While writing With Every Letter, I posted a photo of my hero’s dog, Sesame, because he was so stinking cute.
The desk top—laptop, basic office supplies, and piles o’ paper (not pictured—hey, you clean up for guests, too!). Also not shown—it’s behind the chair—a cup of iced tea. The drawers and cupboards below contain more office supplies and a file drawer.
To the right is the clock I received for ten years as a pharmacist at our local hospital and a World War II ad for Douglas aircraft showing a wounded man and a nurse reaching up to an approaching cargo plane—the caption reads, “They shall not die!” Very motivating for my current series about flight nurses.
Also in the room is a bookcase stuffed with research books and a closet with open shelving my husband installed, full of bulk office supplies. We keep Costco in business.
The window overlooks rosebushes. My cat likes to sit in the window, talk to the aphid-eating birdies, and occasionally give me a head bump. My yellow lab likes to chase away the cat and eat random office supplies.
My husband’s desk sits behind mine. He thinks the dog chasing away the cat is right and good. I disagree. Other than that, he’s wonderful company.
Sarah Sundin followed an unusual career path for a novelist, receiving a bachelor’s in chemistry from UCLA and a doctorate in pharmacy from UC San Francisco. She now lives in northern California with her husband, three children, an antisocial cat, and a yellow lab determined to eat her manuscripts. When not driving kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches women’s Bible studies and fourth- and fifth-grade Sunday school. She has been writing since 2000 and belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Authors Network. She is the author of the Wings of Glory series – A Distant Melody (Revell 2010), A Memory Between Us (2010), and Blue Skies Tomorrow (August 2011). In 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A Memory Between Us was featured on Booklist’s Top Ten Inspirational Fiction List for 2010.
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