Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Brinda Berry

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Every Wednesday, I feature a writer and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow writers better through their workspace and writing habits, and have them  share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome YA and Adult commercial author Brinda Berry.

You can learn more about Brinda and her books at brindaberry.com.

Welcome, Brinda!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

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YA Author Brinda Berry

I’m a YA and adult commercial fiction writer. I live with my husband and two extremely cute and energetic cairn terriers. My brainiac son lives away from home and attends college. I work in higher education focusing on professional development and web-related projects. Hidden talent? I can give myself a mean French manicure but rarely have time for such luxuries. I also make great peanut butter fudge, but again…there is no time for that either. I spend all my free time writing novels, blog posts, or social media conversations.

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 One of Brinda’s adorable cairn terriers

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I can usually be found in my office at home. I do enjoy the occasional Starbucks writing session.

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Brinda’s workspace 

2.  Where did you get your desk?  How did you go about arranging your work area?

I have an inexpensive desk that came from a box. You know the kind—you put it together with a screwdriver and directions that are straight from Hades. My dream desk is waiting at Pottery Barn. Someday, I’ll march down to that store and bring it to my space. For now, I have to arrange everything carefully on the fake wood desk.

portable cartBrinda’s portable cart

3.  What are some important things on your desk?  Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

I love having my iPad and laptop handy. Sometimes, I’ll use both. I have Evernote and Dropbox installed on both so it’s easy to work between the two. I always have post-it notes as well as a notepad. Crazy, I know.

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Brinda’s supplies: lots of Post its!

4. What’s your writing beverage?  What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

I drink lots of coffee.  If I know I’m sitting down for a lengthy writing session, I immediately make a full pot of coffee.

 Whisper of Memory

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author?  Who inspired you to write?

I have too many favorites, and my list evolves as I find new ones.  This year, my favorite YA author is John Green. I’ve been inspired by all the books that made me (1) wish to be a character, (2) learn about a new place, and (3) wonder about what the characters did AFTER.

 

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like?  Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?

I typically write my novels on the most on weekends. With a full-time job, I spend more time during the week on social media and blogging.  So, a typical Saturday is to wake at 5:00 am and begin writing by 6:00 am. I’ll take breaks throughout the day, but I can knock out a lot if I don’t need to leave for any reason. I’ll treat it like a day at the job.

 

3. Why do you write?

I think I write for the same reason as most writers. I have these stories in my head that I’d like to share. I’d also like to think that a reader might connect with a character or story. If it’s only entertainment, that’s fine. I love reading for the pure joy of it. On the other hand, I’d like to make a difference with a novel I write someday.

 

4. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us?  How about a favorite writing quote?

I’m a Stephen King fan, so I’ll share one of his:

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
~ Stephen King

 

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Thanks, Brinda, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

 

 

 

 

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41 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Brinda Berry”

  1. mooderino says:

    Love the collection of multi-coloured post-its.

  2. Sia McKye says:

    Your office picture made me look at my space and cringe. Your’s is so neat. I have a lot of space and a lovely solid pine desk that has traveled all over the country with me–I can seat 4 for dinner on it. But oh my, the office needs some major work, and a maid right now.

    I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you Brinda! Love your pup!

    Happy writing. :-)

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

    • Brinda says:

      Hi Sia, I know I’ve run into you before in the blogosphere. Thanks for your the comment. I need a maid as well (like THAT’S happening any time soon, lol).

  3. Hi Brinda, very cool learning more about your working environment. Someday Pottery Barn will be delivering, but just think how wonderful that desk-out-of-a-box has been to you! It’s where you’ve written at least two amazing books!

  4. Great quote from Stephen King. Only he could make it so plain. LOVE your post-it-note holder, and your favorite writing beverage 😀 Thanks, Nutschell and Brinda, for sharing this writer’s space with me.

  5. tcavey says:

    cute dog and love the sticky notes!

    Good quote by King!

  6. Love all the colorful post-it notes! And I love that Stephen King quote. It’s simple when you look at it that way. :)

  7. Ooh I love getting a peek into the life of writers, and seeing Brinda’s writing space is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Southpaw says:

    I’m a big fan of you post-it note collection!

  9. I wish I had all day Saturday to write! Probably would if I got up early.
    You are the Post-it Queen, Brinda.

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  11. I have a fake wood desk too. I also have the fake leather chair t match! But yours is way neater than mine.

  12. As most people have mentioned, I’m also a little envious of those Post-Its, and feel a stationery shop visit coming on.

  13. Brinda says:

    You guys make me want to share my post-its. They are invaluable. *hands you a stack*

  14. Ha,

    I love these Wednesday peeks-behind-the-office-chair looks at my fellow writers :) Great to get to know a little more about you, Brinda :)

    Thanks Nutschell and save some post-its for me, you guys :)

  15. I love hearing how other writers operate and I must say, you and I are a kindred spirit when it comes to those multi-colored post-it notes. :)

  16. Those writing spaces are so important and I love seeing where other authors spend their time putting their words down. She has a great schedule; I might just have to copy it.

  17. I really enjoyed this and, Brinda, I am going to visit your blog in a minute. Two things that you wrote here (about what you love out of a good book) and Stephen King’s quote are both the way I feel and the advice that I take seriously.

    Thanks, Nutschell, for this series, I love it.

    Kathy M.

  18. Nas says:

    Great quote and lovely workplace. Thanks for sharing! Love the sticky notes-my desk boasts the same!

    Nas

  19. Misha says:

    Great interview. I like Brinda’s way of working.

  20. My desk also came out of a box. My dream desk is something old, large, and antique-looking.

    It’s great learning more about Brinda since I’ve been following her blog for a while, plus I’m halfway through her first book.

    • Brinda says:

      I’d take the desk you have in mind. I want something large. On the other hand, it would only give me more space to be messy.

      I hope you enjoy my book. I know how much you read, and it makes me a little nervous to think you’re reading it. EEK!

  21. Mary Pax says:

    Aww, cute dogs. We had a cairn terrier when I was growing up. I love post-it tabs and post-its. They cover my journals and my monitor.

  22. Kelly Hand says:

    I’m inspired by your writing routine, and glad you shared the details about your full time job. I often wonder how other writers manage to balance “real jobs” with writing on the side. For me, it is always a challenge to squeeze in writing time while working a bit less than full time and taking care of two kids. Looking forward to more writing weekends when they go to college.

  23. I certainly hope the Cairn is reading one of Brinda’s books. He looks so interested.
    Veronica
    http://www.veronicalsingleton.com

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