My favourite place is, shock horror, the dining table. Well, with the view out onto the garden, I can hardly be blamed.
The north-facing windowsill is a haven for orchids – and I have quite a collection. They have a certain serenity that I find appealing. My current star is a Miltonia, which has the scent of roses, especially in the morning.
Garden birds are a constant delight. We have blue tits nesting in box just a few yards from where I sit, meanwhile two pairs of robins like to fight over the two bird baths.
The view out of the window is wonderful the year round. Spring-like at the moment, but just a few days, we had a Gothic storm, complete with thunder, lightning and giant hailstones. All fun to watch!
When it’s dull and drab (or I have a tight deadline!), I perch at my desk, facing an inspirational bookshelf. The desk is usually hidden under mounds of scribbled notes, open books and the connectors to an assortment of devices. I switch on my Art Deco arc lamp and get going.
My two rescue dogs, Chester and Lottie, never leave my side, and are constant companions, day or night. I value them even more now my daughter is at University, and I’m often on my own. Writing is a solitary profession: there’s no getting away from that.
Speaking of writing, I do tend to plot things out using pen and paper, usually in a comfy chair. I find it helps me to think. Then I shift to the computer and get rattling. Finally, if I’m finding it hard to concentrate, I change my desktop screensaver to something relevant. For The Cloud Pearl I had a fantastic mountain view with a rainbow to keep me in the zone. Sometimes I just prop up a postcard. It’s surprising how it can help, just staring into a picture.
I gave up working in an office a few years ago and I’m lucky to be able to write full time. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
By Pamela Kelt