Susan Dennard: I’m a 28-year-old reader, writer, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I really like swoon-worthy rogues). I live in the Midwestern US with my French husband and Irish setter, and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. (Author photo by Amanda Plavich.)
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Welcome to "In Search of the Write Space," a new feature on my blog where authors share pictures of their work spaces, giving us all a little glimpse into their creative lives. Don't forget to check out last week's post from E.C. Myers for a chance to win his fantastic sequel, QUANTUM COIN! This week we've got Susan Dennard, author of SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, and all-around amazing lady. I'm going to let her take it from here, and show you her writing space!
Writing Desk (Left)
I handwrite all revisions...and sometimes first drafts. I like to have a big, open space at just the right height. My husband made me this desk specifically for all my hand-writing needs. :) It's in our living room, so whenever I need a change of scenery--since I'm big on change for getting my Muse to cooperate--I can just move to this desk.
Typing Desk (Right)
It's not usually this neat. I definitely cleaned up for this picture. ;) This is where I do all my first drafting, which is usually done at the computer. It's also where I do all my blogging/intereting/emailing/etc.
I actually have way more books than this, but a bunch got left at my parents' house after college. :-/ There just isn't enough space. Every time my husband and I move, we wind up buying at least two more new bookcases to deal with all my more recent purchases. Notice here, I've had to start the vertical stacking in order to increase shelf space. I'm also SUPER not organized. Things are grouped generically--favorite books are on one shelf, favorite series on another, books on exercise, classics, research, etc.--but that's as organized as I get.
Reading Nook (Left)
I usually read in bed, but when I'm NOT reading in bed, I'm a big fan of this corner. It gets really great light in the afternoon. (Also, I don't know why Asimov is being such a camera hog...)
My dogs, Asimov and Leia, are with me almost all the time. They are very good sports about the fact that they don't get nearly as many walks as they deserve. Usually, they'll race to be the first to sit under my desk (does anyone else's dog love to be by your feet?). It's like they call shotgun or something...one of them usually sneaks under there first and claims it for the day.
Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
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