AT MY DESK: Lisa Ireland



At My Desk
Lisa Ireland


Please don’t hate me, but I’m one of those annoying tidy types! I love a clean, uncluttered workspace. I find I can’t concentrate if I’m surrounded by mess. It’s a strange thing, because I often work away from my desk.  One of my favourite writing places is a bustling beachside café near my home. When I’m out and about I don’t seem to mind what’s around me. I‘ve learnt to block out distractions when I’m away from home. It’s only my own mess that bothers me!


Last year my Beta reader came to visit my new home for the first time. She was shocked at my tiny workspace. “Is that it?” she asked.  “I can’t believe you write all those words at such a small desk.” In my last house I had a whole office to myself. When we moved I carved out a dedicated writing nook downstairs, but instead of using it I found myself  drifting upstairs to write at the dining table in our sunny living area.  I decided to ditch the study and get a little desk upstairs. I love my workspace. It’s warm and I’m close to the kettle and the fridge (which is not necessarily a good thing!)



People are often surprised that I have my desk turned to face away from my home’s water views. Once again it’s all about distraction. I find myself mesmerised by water and can waste hours just looking out to sea. Not good when there’s a deadline to meet! I do have a nice view of the sky and treetops from where I sit, though.



Right now there’s probably slightly more on my desk than is ideal, but all my knick-knacks are either sentimental or inspirational to me. When I signed the contract for Breaking the Drought, my critique partner, Amanda Knight, showered me with writerly gifts, and many of those are on my desk. They remind me that I’m not in this alone. I have the most wonderful support team cheering me on.


My favourite thing is the Believe plaque. It reads:



Always chase



And surround yourself

With those who


In you


Says it all really…



Breaking The Drought
Lisa Ireland


When a smooth-talking, sophisticated city girl comes striding into town on her stiletto heels, he’s the last person who wants to notice…

When Jenna McLean gets roped into attending a matchmaking ball in a small country town, she holds no illusions of meeting the man of her dreams.  A no-nonsense magazine editor, Jenna doesn’t believe in leaving love to chance, which is why she’s developed Marriage Material – a fool-proof framework for husband hunting. Shearers and farmhands need not apply.

Sheep grazier Luke Tanner has met women like Jenna before, and knows not to waste his time. With the drought dragging on and bushfire season around the corner, the last thing he needs is a spoiled city girl like Jenna adding to his problems. He’ll help out with the ball because it’s good for the community, but he won’t dance, he won’t flirt, and he definitely won’t be matched.

It’s been a long dry season, but everyone knows when it rains, it pours.

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About the Author:

Lisa Ireland lives in  a small coastal town with her husband, their three sons, and a crazy Labrador named Millie. When she’s not writing or reading she spends her time walking Millie along the beach, drinking copious amounts of coffee at a local café, and cheering on the Mighty Cats at Simonds Stadium.



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3 Comments on AT MY DESK: Lisa Ireland

  1. A tidy desk is a GODLY desk!

  2. Well… I mightn’t go that far, Sandra! It is very soothing, though.

  3. I do LOVE Lisa’s desk… as I am currently living amongst boxes in our rental, and truly can’t wait till I have my own little office space in our new home… And *love* the inspiration means something xxx Thanks J’aimee for the fab posts!

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