AUTHOR GUEST POST: Where I Write by Emma Curtis

Today, as part a of the blog tour for One Little Mistake, Emma has kindly written a piece on where she writes. Please take a look below and be sure to check out her book.


Where I Write by Emma Curtis

If I drew a floorplan of my house and garden, and joined the dots that mark my writing places, it would look like a cat’s cradle. I move around depending on season, whether my freelance husband is working from home or away, which of my adult children is currently making use of their bedrooms and what sort of mood I’m in.

My preference would be my shed at the bottom of the garden, because I write using voice recognition software and it means I can talk as loud as I like and not feel inhibited by the presence of others. But in the winter, even with an electric radiator blasting away, it just isn’t comfortable, and nor is trudging through the rain up and down an east-facing muddy lawn every time I want a cup of tea or break.

I like a change of scene; it can really help if I’ve hit a slump, like a shift to the spare room can help if I can’t sleep. If my husband is going to be out all day in the winter, I move into the kitchen where there’s an Aga; but neither of us will work there if the other is in because it can make the house feel oppressive.

In the summer, I have a beautiful view of the garden, through the pink rose my old colleagues gave me when I achieved my long-held dream and won a publishing contract. It reminds me that I once had a very enjoyable desk job and a regular salary. I wouldn’t swap writing books for the duties of a secretary, but occasionally I hanker after the sense of security that a monthly wage brings.

Sometimes I think that when the children eventually settle down with partners and we can draw a line under this period of boomeranging, I’ll convert one of their bedrooms into a proper, dedicated writing room. This would have a large desk under the window so that I could still look out over the garden. It would have shelves for fiction and reference books, and it would have a big, squishy sofa with a soft rug where I could sit and muse or reread my chapters away from the stress-inducing purr of my PC. But I wonder if I would do that. I have a feeling I’d still be tempted back into my nomadic habits.

My other writing fantasy is being in an empty house where I begin writing at six am and end at seven pm (today is one of those days), but the trouble with that scenario, when by some miracle it actually happens, is that by three pm I am usually tired of my own company and of the company of my characters. I yearn for the headspace that an empty house brings, but don’t like the echoey feeling of being alone in the building. So, every time I curse my family for knocking about the house when I am trying to work, I remind myself how lucky I am that they are there.


Release Date:
23rd Feb 2017(ebook)/15th June 2017 (Paperback)
Published by: Transworld
Genre: Thriller

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .



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