In Search of the Write Space" is an ongoing author spotlight at MEAGANSPOONER.COM

In Search of the
Write Space:
Jessica Spotswood


Jessica Spotswood is the author of the Cahill Witch Chronicles: BORN WICKED (2012), STAR CURSED (June 18, 2013), and untitled book 3 (summer 2014). She grew up in a tiny, one-stoplight town in Pennsylvania, where she could be found swimming, playing clarinet, memorizing lines for the school play, or - most often - with her nose in a book. Now Jess lives in Washington, DC with her playwright husband and a cuddly cat named Monkey. She can be found doing yoga, teaching writing workshops for teens, or - most often - with her nose in a book. Some things never change.

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This week I’ve got my lovely friend Jessica Spotswood here to show you her author space, where she writes such books as BORN WICKED and STAR CURSED. I absolutely love her space, filled with light and springtime colors, as well as a handful of little reminders to take deep breaths and enjoy the ride. Stick around until the end of the post for a chance to win a signed copy of STAR CURSED!

The Tour

My desk is super-organized because I can't focus when things are cluttered; I find it totally distracting (I wish this applied to the rest of my house...). But I seldom actually write there; I only sit there to do interviews, blogs, emails, etc.

This loveseat is where I actually write, all hunched over with terrible posture, often very late at night. I love how cheery it is. My mom keeps threatening to steal it for her sunroom!

These prints from Etsy cheer me up when I'm feeling stressed about deadlines, sales, reviews, or any of the other miscellaneous craziness that constitutes the emotional roller-coaster of publishing.

I find the color green very calming and zen, but I'm not sure if that was the case before I painted my office green or if I've come to feel that way since! In any case, I seem to have collected a bunch of green objects that serve as little talismans: a glass cat from a former coworker, a vase my friend Alissa made, an owl candle that my sister gave me as a Christmas present, another candle, a "How To Train Your Dragon" figure from my CP Katie, and an inspiring coaster where I can rest my endless parade of teacups.

This is my favorite part of my office because I dreamed about having one: a bookshelf full of my books! The bottom shelf holds US and UK paperbacks. The top shelf holds all the editions of BORN WICKED so far: the US ARC, US hardcover, Italian, German, Swedish, Turkish, US paperback, UK paperback, German audio, and US audio. I can't wait until more come in!

Star Cursed
by Jessica Spotswood

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to BORN WICKED, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.


Thanks to Jessica's generosity, I have a signed copy of STAR CURSED to give away to one lucky Write Space fan! Giveaway is open to US/Canada residents over the age of 18. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter, and be sure to take advantage of the extra entries!

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10 Responses

  1. Laura Kay says:

    I think my favorite picture is of the loveseat/chair. It looks super comfy!

  2. Vivien says:

    I love the picture with the different editions!!! SO pretty :D

  3. magan bagan says:

    I loved the picture of the desk in front of the window! It looks so serene and like a great place to write :)

  4. HollyB says:

    Ooh, it’s so fun to see the writing space of someone whose work I love :) I am SO excited to read Star Cursed (after a re-read of Born Wicked) and it’ll be fun to imagine Jessica sitting in her super-cheerful loveseat writing it! (I need one of those – all for me, not to share ;))

    I actually love everything about the office – the loveseat, of course, but also the color (green’s my favorite) and the desk (oh what I would give to keep mine so clean!) and the owl candle I just adore.

    Thanks for sharing your space with us, Jessica! I would LOVE to have a SIGNED copy of SC!! Fingers crossed…

  5. Erica says:

    I LOVE Jessica’s office – it is so gorgeous!

  6. Christine says:

    I definitely adore your bookshelf. It’s so great, you have all your books. If I was a published author, I would make everyone in my family read it. Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Jen says:

    I love the collection of books from every incarnation it has had

  8. Darith L. says:

    Such a lovely place to write in!

  9. Holly Letson says:

    Definitely the bookshelf with your books. I love looking at pictures of bookshelves with books.

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