Please help me welcome USA Today Bestselling Author Julianne MacLean to Workspace Wednesday. Julianne is a fellow Canadian, a wonderful, supportive friend, a savvy colleague, and an extremely talented author. Lest you think that’s my bias talking, Julianne is a 3-time RITA finalist and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times. Her newest release – Married By Midnight (A Pembroke Palace Novella) – is now available. Without further delay, I give you Julianne MacLean.
JULIANNE: That’s it. I can’t hide it anymore! I’ve been living a lie and it’s time to come clean.
Last year when I launched my new website, I invited readers on a virtual tour of my office. My husband videotaped a short segment where I displayed my bookcases, my tidy desktop and computer, and some lovely inspirational framed photos of Johnny Depp and Gerard Butler.
You can view it HERE.
I now confess that that video has become pure fantasy, because under normal circumstances, my office never looks like that. While endeavoring to create a glamorous image of my romance writing life for my website, I was dishonest, for in reality, it looks like this:
Notice there are open books strewn about, papers to be filed, a few dirty coffee mugs hanging around creating cup stains on the desk. And here’s the kicker: I don’t even write down there anymore. I used to (in fact, I believe I was still writing there when the original video was shot), but now I prefer to be on the main floor instead of down in the basement.
So the disaster area has moved up to my formal dining room where the situation is no better. I only clean off the table for a giant family dinner when all my relatives are expected to arrive.
And no, I am not listening to music in this picture. Those are sound-reduction headphones so I can shut out the world while still keeping an eye on the teenagers in my family room (I can see them through the French door).
I love my sound-reduction headphones. When I place them over my ears, it’s as if I just dunked my head under water, and it’s GAME ON for writing. Every writer should own a pair.
Notice also that I am working on a crappy laptop. I use it only to revise or transpose new material, which I write longhand in a coiled notebook.
Here is where I often write longhand in the afternoons. That’s where I wrote most of Married by Midnight.
I also like to write in the big comfy chair in my living room. I have one of those lap desks, which was money well spent.
So there you have it, the truth revealed. My office is just for storage.
Thank you for sharing that with us, Julianne! Though your basement office is lovely, I can see why you prefer that upstairs dining room. It really puts the “home” in home office. And I think I could write very happily in that comfy chair, but I’d have my laptop on that lap desk.
Okay, folks, now that Julianne has … er … come clean, so to speak, about the true state of her workspace, have you anything to say to her?
I should add that we will do a draw from among the commenters, the winner of which will receive the first three books in the Pembroke Palace series. If the winner is in North American, she may choose to receive the books in either electronic or print form. If the winner is international, however, the only option will be electronic, due to prohibitive shipping costs.