I don’t know about you, but I love “behind the scenes” peeks. There’s something inspiring — and comforting — in seeing where the creative magic happens. With that in mind, we’re launching a new feature on the Tall Poppy blog. Every other week, you’ll get a backstage pass into an author’s writing cave.

Today, you get to see mine. 🙂 — Orly Konig

When I started writing, I took over the smallest of our bedrooms and turned it into an office. My husband still teases me over my choice of wall color – he says it glows in the dark. It doesn’t. It’s bright and fun and it makes me smile. Spring is my favorite time in there because, you see that tree outside the window? It’s a cherry tree and when that baby blooms … sigh.

And in case you’re wondering, I crocheted that rug and it took forever!

When I worked in the corporate world, I had a huge white board in my office. Unfortunately, this office doesn’t have the wall space, well, not with the current configuration (shhhh, don’t tell my husband I’m planning a redo), so I have to make-do with the smaller ones on the door.

Here’s my desk, with a few favorite items. A little story about that medallion on the red felt hanging on the wall. The title my debut sold under was The Memory of Hoofbeats. In art class, my son made a ceramic medallion and engraved that title on it. In the meantime though, my publisher asked to change the title and we’d been brainstorming ideas. The morning I got the thumbs up on the new title, was the last day of 5th grade. After school, still weepy from the assembly, we pull into the parking lot at the grocery store, my son pulls the medallion out and gives it to me. Tears!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now that you’ve seen my lovely writing cave, I’ll show you where I end up working most of the time …

Yeah, that’s the kitchen table. Why here? Because it’s arms reach to the espresso machine. Because the cats are usually next to me on the chairs or the table or in my lap and they can’t do that in my office. And because there’s more room to spread out (umm, that means more space to spread my clutter).

About Orly
Orly Konig is an escapee from the corporate world where she spent roughly sixteen (cough) years working in the space industry. Now she spends her days chatting up imaginary friends, drinking entirely too much coffee, and negotiating writing space around two over-fed cats.

Her debut women’s fiction, The Distance Home, released from Forge May, 2017. Carousel Beach will release May 8, 2018.

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