In case you think that we authors live a leisurely life in our beach-side writing retreats, punctuated only by fresh coffee and the cry of seagulls, here is snapshot of a day-in-the-life of this novelist-with-a-day-job. I wrote this post last year, based on a day when I was lucky enough to be a guest at this book club.
|5:15am||Alarm, followed by shower, breakfast, drive to work. Yes, it’s totally dark.|
|7:00am||Start work – I’m fortunate to be employed at Stanford University in a role which definitely exercises other parts of my brain than writing women’s fiction… I’d better not say anything else about that here, as the pay cheque comes in very handy while I’m waiting to hit the best-seller lists. 😉|
|12:00pm||Lunch at my desk, followed by:|
|1:00pm||Chai tea with a lovely friend and former coworker at Stanford Bookstore. I rarely do ‘real’ writing at lunch time, but I’m a big believer in getting out of the office for fresh air. I might also read a book on writing technique or ponder plot points. Occasionally, I even give my legs a workout at the Stanford Dish.|
|4:15pm||Leave work, drive home.|
|5:00pm||A quick snack, show my face on social media, write a guest blog post, and approve the final audiobook of Saving Saffron Sweeting.|
|6:45pm||Drive to book club, where I attempt to talk eloquently about writing, novels and British quirks. Answer all kinds of random, but enjoyable questions.|
|9:30pm||Leave beautiful Half Moon Bay to head home to bed.|
You might notice the missing element here: I didn’t do any actual writing for my next book. That’s something I’ve addressed in the last couple of months – I’m spending less time on social media and promotion of Saving Saffron Sweeting, and am working heavily on its successor. I’ll be sharing the first peak with my newsletter subscribers next month.
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