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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Katie L. Carroll's Creative Spaces

There’s just something fun about getting an inside peek at where creative people work, whether that be an artist’s studio, a chef’s kitchen, or a writer’s desk. So today I thought I’d give you all a look at where I’m likely to be found clacking away at my keyboard crafting a masterpiece (or you know, whatever you’d like to call my stories!).

You’re most likely to find me in my home office.

This is my desk…well, technically this is my husband’s desk because my desk is too full of knickknacks, greeting cards, little boxes of stuff, and my jewelry box to actually use as a desk. I like to call this room the library (though nonbookish people may be inclined to call it an office) because we took the door off the closet and squeezed two large bookcases into it. It also serves as a playroom for my 2-year-old son and a temporary storage space because our attic is empty.

Why is our attic empty? Because it’s being renovated into what will be my new writing space.

I’d love to tell you that I’m such a hot-selling author that I’m treating myself to a new office as a reward for all my book sales. Sadly that is not the truth. I work from home full time (work that includes stuff other than writing) and finishing the attic is a way for my family to have enough space to grow. One of the perks of expanding the house upstairs is that we don’t need to use it as a bedroom yet, so I’ve laid claim to it as a writing space, though it will probably be taken over with toys as tends to happen in a house with a toddler.

One morning a week or so, I do try to get out of the house to write. Most often you’ll find me at the local coffee shop in the downtown area.

From my favorite corner of the coffee shop, I can watch the traffic, trains, and people going by. I also get an eclectic mix of music and eavesdrop on any conversation people around me might be having. Great fodder for a writer! And if the weather is just right, I might even get to sit outside in the courtyard to work.

No matter what writing space you catch me in, I almost always have a cup of tea with me. Tea and my laptop are the only necessities for a good writing day for me, but having such great work spaces helps! What’s your ideal work space?

Elixir Bound blurb:

Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.

It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.

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Author Bio:

Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote Elixir Bound and the forthcoming Elixir Saved so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app The Bedtime Knight and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at


  1. I love seeing work spaces. I must say the images posted almost always look much tidier than my real work space, a tiny desk in the corner of our bedroom.
    You illustrated another point perfectly- the mobile devices can make any space a work space, back to the pen& paper times. Now, if only I can feel my way to working on a laptop...

    1. Pics of work spaces are fun. And you're totally right that the pictures don't show the clutter (thankfully!). I pretty much only work on a laptop...occasionally I'll put pen to notebook, but my laptop is my best writing device.

  2. I loved seeing your working spaces. How wonderful to have an attic. When this becomes your writing space your muse will be stimulated even more.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! I'm very much looking forward to my new writing space being done.

  3. Your new writing space is going to be awesome! Have you picked a color scheme yet?

    1. I think it will be awesome, Heather! No color scheme yet. Wanted to figure out the flooring before we picked a wall color. I'll be updating the progress of the office on my blog sometime soon, so make sure to check back there. :)


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