Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Cherie Reich

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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 speculative fiction author Cherie Reich. Learn more about Cherie and her books at http://cheriereich.blogspot.com/

 Welcome, Cherie!

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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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Author Cherie Reich

 A self-proclaimed bookworm, I am a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. I’ve had several short stories published in anthologies and magazines, and I have self-published some of my shorter works. I’m the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. My debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.

 

When I’m not writing or editing, I can be found with my Kindle Fire HD nearby, so I can read, check emails, and the like. I enjoy watching way too much TV, particularly crime dramas. As for a hidden talent, I used to sing opera.

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing during the day job, where I work at a small academic library. I have several desks at work. When I write at home, I typically write in a chair with ottoman and use a laptop desk.

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Cherie’s office workspace

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

I’m not sure where they got my desks at work. I prefer a clean and organized workspace with very little clutter. Just don’t look in the drawers!

 

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

I sometimes outline my stories in a notebook, so I’ll have my notebook around. I also have to have a drink of some kind, usually water or hot tea. I need nothing else with me except my laptop/computer.

 

4.  What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

I love writing at work because it’s fairly quiet, unless the phone’s ringing. I mainly just need the computer to write.

 

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

As I mentioned in #4, I like to have water or some hot tea, occasionally coffee. Must have some caffeine on those slower writing days. *grins*

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On Writing

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

Do I have to pick just one author? If so, I guess I would pick Michael Crichton. I’ve always admired his stories and the amount of research he did for them to make them 100% believable. But the author who inspired me to write was a cross between Gaston Leroux and JK Rowling. My obsession for The Phantom of the Opera and the Harry Potter series inspired me to write in those worlds through role-playing games. Eventually I decided to try my hand at my own worlds.

 

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

When at the day job, I do my day job work first. Then, I’ll play around on social media a bit. After that, I’m ready to write. I’ll usually have a scene/chapter I want to write, and I’ll keep going until that’s done. My biggest writing-related quirk involves tilting my head. When I am thinking of a word/grammar/etc. (something more logical), I tilt my head to the left. When I am trying to be very creative, I tilt my head to the right. The more I need one or the other, the farther I tilt my head. It’s weird. I know. *laughs*

 

3.  Do you write everyday?  How many hours a day do you spend writing?  What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I don’t write every day. It would be nice to, but I’m more of a sprint writer than a marathon one. I’ll work on a project and write on it until it’s done. Then I’ll spend a few weeks without writing or writing very little. The internet is a big writing distraction at work, but at home, my biggest writing distraction is the adorableness of my cats, particularly Cinderella.

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Cinderella, one of Cherie’s adorable distractions

 

4. Why do you write?

I write to empty my head of all the characters clogging it. It can get pretty crowded in there.

 

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

Read a lot. Write a lot. Try different genres and different forms of fiction to find what works best for you. One of my favorite quotes comes from Stephen King, “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

 

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Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your writing life,Cherie!

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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26 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Cherie Reich”

  1. Writing at work – busted! Hey, I blog and watch movies at work, so it’s all cool.
    I think we write the same way. Just go until it’s done.

  2. Sheri Larsen says:

    It was great to get to know Cherie better! Been blogging with her for a while, now. Love the kitty pic. We recently adopted two kittens. Can you say love???

    PS: I just purchased Story Sprouts. Been seeing you everywhere, this morning. Yay!

  3. Cherie Reich says:

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Nutshell!

    LOL! My co-workers and bosses encourage my writing, Alex, so it’s all good.

    Aww! Kitties are the best, Sheri!

  4. Always great to learn more about Cherie. And Cinderella is one of the cutest distractions I’ve ever seen. Awww. <3

  5. Cherie Reich says:

    Thanks, Julie! And Cinderella is quite the adorable distraction. 😀

  6. Loved learning about Cherie. Wish I could write at work too.

  7. Cherie Reich says:

    Thanks, Natalie! And if it wasn’t writing at work, I don’t think I’d be a writer today.

  8. Loved getting a peek into your world. It’s so nice you have a job where you can write. It’s probably a good thing I don’t have a cat to distract me. Between a pet and my kid, I’d get nothing done! *LOL*

  9. Cherie Reich says:

    Thanks, Christine! And I don’t see how people with children ever write. At least with a cat, I can knock her off my lap and get to writing. She’ll just give me the evil eye and secretly plot my demise, but go on her merry and devious way. With a child, they’re much more dependent.

  10. LD Masterson says:

    Um, so are you employers cool with your writing on the job or are you just hoping they won’t read this post?

    Enjoyed the interview.

  11. Sia McKye says:

    So, if our pets are like us, is Cinderella trying to be creative? lol! She’s pretty.

    I figure, so long as you get your work done and done right, when it’s done why not write? At least anyone looking will think you’re busy and industrious.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  12. mooderino says:

    Would never have pegged you for an opera singer! Nice desk at work you have there.

    mood

  13. Cherie Reich says:

    Yes, LD, they know I write at work and encourage it.

    Cinderella does seem like a creative cat, Sia. And exactly. Work-related work comes first.

    I do love my work desk, mooderino. :)

  14. wow, that’s an awesome desk. I’m impressed by the lack of clutter. I really must do something about my clutter…

  15. So fun to learn more about Cherie, since I love visiting her blog and I have some of her books! Her clean and spacious work desk looks like a lovely place to write. I think it is awesome that she can write at work and that it is encouraged. I can understand how her cats can be a distraction. :) Oh- and it was fun to learn that Cherie used to sing opera. I had no idea!

  16. LuAnn Braley says:

    If my desk were at least halfway in between what yours looks like and what mine looks like, I’d be set! Good to read more about someone else’s writing process.

  17. Cherie Reich says:

    Hehe! I do hate clutter on my desk, Lynda, but the drawers are a completely different story.

    Thanks for stopping by, LuAnn!

  18. I like your furry distractions.

    I write a lot of ideas and storylines in notebooks, too.

  19. Karen Lange says:

    Hi Nutschell! Hi Cherie! It’s great to learn more about Cherie and her writing habits and journey. Thanks to both of you! :)

  20. S.P.Bowers says:

    Love the desk! I’m completely envious. I don’t like clutter either but my desk isn’t much bigger than my monitor and keyboard so I always feel crowded and cluttered.

  21. Maurice Mitchell says:

    Great choice since Crichton did an insane amount of research.

  22. Cherie Reich says:

    I like my furry distractions too, Diane. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Karen!

    At home, I don’t have a desk, so I do enjoy coming into work and being at my nice work desk, S.P.

    Thanks, Maurice!

  23. Great interview with Cherie! I can easily see how Cinderella would be a distraction–what a cute kitty! Also, I can relate incredibly well to her reasons for writing. I have too many characters clogging my brain, too!

  24. Cherie Reich says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Heather! And it’s always good to get some of those characters out of the brain and onto paper. :)

  25. Aubrie says:

    Wow, you have a nice neat desk- not like mine!

    And what a beautiful cat- she’d distract me, too.

    I like to drink hot tea while I’m writing as well.

    And I know what you mean about writing de-clogging your head. After I write, my mind feels clear. It’s a great feeling.

  26. tcavey says:

    Enjoyed reading.
    Love the pic of your cat!
    I write to the the characters out of my head too :)

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