As much as I love the sound of Tall Poppy Kerstin March’s writing space, it’s fuzzy Teddy that stole my heart. You’ll find me sitting under the table with him. 🙂 –Orly
Greetings from Minnesota, where the holidays are winding down, an Arctic front has blown subzero temps in from Siberia (yes, Siberia!), and I’m ready to resume work on my newest manuscript.
When I set out to write my first two novels, my favorite place to write was also my favorite place to read … an armchair in the living room with Teddy, the fuzziest member of our household, curled up by my feet.
When we moved into our home 16 years ago, we intended to finish our basement to give our two young boys extra room to set up their LEGO Star Wars ships and cast spells with their Harry Potter wands. Well, life’s twists and turns always took precedent over the basement and before we knew it, sixteen years had passed by. It wasn’t until our boys had grown into young men, and our younger daughter was interested in LEGOs and Harry Potter that we finally found the time to finish that basement. I discovered there was an unexpected benefit to waiting. With less of a need for a play area, we could design a special room for creativity.
Part writing cave and part art studio, our new office space is where I keep my research, my story plots, notes, and rough drafts, and books written by friends. Timelines and note cards are taped to the walls alongside my children’s drawings and photographs. The cupboards and shelves are brimming with journals, pens and pencils, paints, jars of glitter, and at this moment rolls of leftover holiday wrapping paper, ribbons, and tags.
As much as I appreciate this new space, the truth is I write whenever I can, wherever I can. This new room. The carpool lane at school. The indoor pool facility where my daughter is learning to dive. Or best of all, at home in my favorite armchair with Teddy curled up at my feet.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Kerstin March built a career around writing. During her start as a newspaper reporter, and then as a public relations professional, she always enjoyed bringing out the personal side of news stories. Today, she is the author of two contemporary novels set along the Great Lakes, titled “Family Trees” and “Branching Out.” She is currently writing her third novel, which is set in Minnesota’s Lake Country. Kerstin lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. More on Kerstin on her bio page.