You know those documentaries where they show you how they made the movie? Well, consider this a very brief equivalent.
I wrote most of my books while engaged in other pursuits: studying, teaching, lawyering. For The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, I went on writer’s retreat. In June of 2008, I took a summer house with some friends. We made a deal. They would come out on weekends, but for weekdays, I was on my own. Entirely on my own. It was a twenty minute walk into town– and I didn’t know anyone in town anyway. I gave myself a “no phone calls during the day” rule. There was nothing to do but write.
It worked brilliantly.
This is where we lived.
And here’s my workspace. This little desk in the front hall is where I wrote the first two hundred pages of Blood Lily. Note the piles of research books, romance novels, and, yes, shoes.
A few blocks away, there was a public rose garden. Perfect for thinking through thorny plot problems!
Many thanks to my friend Lara for sending me the photos and for being such a wonderful summer housemate!