AT MY DESK: Alyssa J. Montgomery (Also writes as Alyssa James)
I consider myself very fortunate to have my own writing space at home. When we began extending our home some nine years ago, my husband and I realised that the house was then a pretty basic L shape. We wanted something a bit more interesting, so we added a room from the upstairs floor to give the whole place more character. That room turned into my writing room, and my husband designed beautiful stained glass windows that reach up into the apex of the roof and feature the rainbow lorikeets (one of the many species of native birds which live in the area).
I have to admit that for the 8 years prior to 2013, there was absolutely no writing done and my husband used to shake his head and say, “I built you a writing room. When are you going to start writing again?”At that stage demands of a young family and a busy private practice meant that writing was very much on the backburner. In the beginning of 2013 I almost threw in the towel completely after just having started back, but my very supportive critique partners buoyed me up and kept me going. Now I write as often as possible — either at my desk or with my computer on my lap on the sofa.
My writing room has timber-lined ceilings and book shelves built in, where I house my ‘keepers’ and lots of knick knacks I’ve collected from our travels. My desk is also home to many treasures from my writing friends. Christmas presents or little gifts they’ve brought back from their trips overseas with a real heart theme going! A gorgeous heart-shaped mouse from Marilyn Forsyth is just one example. There’s also a jar of papers from Cassandra Samuels with writer’s inspirational messages (eg. “The worse enemy to creativity is self doubt”), and an inspirational sign from Enisa Hasic which reads: “Dream. Have Faith. Be Determined. Succeed.” There are also special cards created by my children. (The kids also gifted me a framed photo of each of my book covers for my writing room wall.)
Now I am writing and have achieved the dream of being published, I’m hoping my writing room will be a place where I continue to develop this craft and where I can create compelling characters and plotlines. I’m sure to have loads of fun, and possibly equal amounts of frustration in the process but it is fabulous to have such a great space to indulge in my creative dream.
About the Author:
Alyssa lives with her husband and three children on a 5 acre property south of Sydney. As well as writing contemporary novels she has just released her first historical romance “Knight of Her Heart” which she penned as Alyssa James. She writes in between family commitments and working in her own private Speech Pathology practice. Previously she has also been a professional pianist and an international flight attendant for Qantas Airways.