Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A Typical Writing Day for Cheryl St.John

I write at my desk. Period. So many writers I know work from the sofa or their deck in nice weather, but words and ideas come to me while I have my butt in the chair, my fingers on the keyboard. A lot of writers work from a coffee shop, but I can't focus with distractions. I need quiet while I work, so it's an amazing perk that 4 walls of bookcases insulate my office.

In the morning I get dressed and have a protein shake, then I take a cup of coffee or tea to my office. I read over the previous day's pages and edit them, then I move on. Some days I work non-stop all day long. Other days I have appointments or company, so the writing day is chopped up. When I'm on a roll, I can write for days and weeks on end until the story is finished.
But occasionally, between books, I take a break and refill the well with other projects, friends and family, movies or day trips. After 25 years I chose to not write for a publishing house with deadlines and editorial conflicts, and I now write for me. I still love the joy of creating story worlds, and I always will. Habits change as we evolve as writers and people.
When I clean my desk and clear up my files, it's time for a new book. That's part of the routine too.

My most recent book is CHASING DREAMS.

A tormented man driven to seclusion… A relentless beauty who won’t take no for an answer…

Shaine Richards’ sister and nephew were in a car that went off a bridge into the river. Maggie’s body was the only one recovered. Searchers said Jack could have been snagged below or washed up anywhere. But when Shaine dreams of the toddler, he’s alive. Therapists advise her to let go. She’s tried to let go. But the dreams won’t let her.

Shaine knows Jack is alive and something terrible is about to happen to him. The only man who can help her doesn’t want to be found—or involved.
Austin Allen is a man who knows and sees more than most people will in their entire lifetimes. His mountain sanctuary is key to self-preservation. His gift holds the answers she needs. She must convince the enigmatic man to help before it’s too late.

But there’s another dark and mystifying complication... Shaine has dreamed of Austin as well.
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1 comment:

  1. Cheryl, thanks for sharing your writing life. I also write at my desk. The only time I write elsewhere is when I'm traveling. I have written in the car or on a plane, but I certainly prefer the desk in my office.