Every Wednesday, I feature a writer/blogger and his/her workspace. My aim is to get to know fellow bloggers/writers better through their workspace and writing habits. I also wanted my bloggy friends to share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome H.R. Sinclair aka Southpaw, author of that fun blog I am HR Sinclair.

Welcome, H.R.!
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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?

HR Sinclair aka Southpaw’s “studio shot”

I don’t know what bits to share. So, I decided to share just bits. I’ve hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney, I’ve been chased by a bison (thanks to my best friend), I’ve been whitewater rafting on a class 5 rapid, and I’ve been in two major earthquakes and several of minor ones.

Those are some of my exciting tidbits. I doubted you wanted to know that I love sorting and organizing things, and that I dislike talking on the telephone. (Even though those are all true too.)

I enjoy writing urban fantasy. I like horror, mystery, suspense, action, and adventure and they all seem to fit nicely into urban fantasy.

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?
I write mostly at the dining table on my laptop. I like the laptop’s mobility. If I need a quiet place or an active place I can search it out. And if I find myself stuck somewhere for hours I can take my writing with me.

Southpaws’ writing pad

2. Where did you get your desk? How did you go about arranging your work area?
I don’t arrange my work area. I just go with whatever is there when I sit down.

3. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?
I don’t drink anything while I write. It is hazardous. Let’s just say I had a bad experience with a cup of tea and my old laptop and leave it there. However before writing, I like hot tea, usually chai with a little milk. On a break or after writing, I like coffee with milk and sugar.

Before writing, I like a tea, usually chai with a little milk. On a break or after writing I like coffee with milk and sugar.

On Writing


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

I have many favorite authors. I love Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Sharon Kay Penman, Ilona Andrews, and Karen Chance to name a few.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing related rituals or quirks?
As of yet, I don’t have a typical day or any rituals. Maybe I should get some. Maybe I’d get more writing done.

3. Do you write everyday? How many hours a day do you spend writing? What are some of your worst writing distractions?
I do not write in my WIP every day. My biggest distractions are the Internet and blogging – oh and work.

4. Why do you write?
I write to tell a story that I hope will one day amuse, entertain, or take someone away from everyday woes. So many authors have done this for me and if I could do that for someone else, I’d be a happy bear.

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

“Just do it” – Okay that may not be a writing quote, but it works.

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Thanks, H.R., 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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42 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes HR Sinclair”

  1. LeeR says:

    Great interview.

    I’d like to know how Southpaw manages to type novels with those big paws. : )

  2. I don’t have any rituals – maybe I should get some. Hilarious!
    And need to hear the bison story sometime.

  3. Southpaw says:

    Thanks for having me nutschell!

  4. LOL about the tea and the laptop. I drink tea out of my travel mug so I can’t spill. 😉

  5. I, too, love the mobility of a laptop, but I can see how it would be even more useful to a writer who hikes mountains, occasionally runs from bison, and deals with earthquakes big and small. My life seems kind of boring at this moment. ; )
    Great Writer’s Workspace! Wonderful to get to know Southpaw better.

  6. Earthquakes. Plural. Scarier than bison :)

  7. Teresa C says:

    Very cool interview,Nutschell .

    Southpaw, We have so much in common. I’ve never hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney, but I made it to the top of my yard once. Whew. And I’ve been chased by a cow which is in the same family as the bison–right? Oh and we both write. Were practically twins.

  8. Southpaw says:

    I manage to be at the epicenter for two major Southern California quakes. Both were completely different experiences.

  9. Hart Johnson says:

    Oh, nice interview! Love the Starry Night mouse pad–that’s my favorite painting. Fun to get to know a little about you!

  10. Yeah, I want to hear the bison story, too.

    And kudos to you for not drinking near your laptop. Even though my husband had an incident with a martini and his laptop, I didn’t learn from his mistake.

    Don’t you love the mobility of the laptop! Workspace has a whole new meaning!

    • Southpaw says:

      I will confess if it didn’t happen to me, I wouldn’t have changed my ways.

      I really do love the laptop–how did we ever survive without them?

  11. Mary says:

    I hate talking on the phone, too. I could use your organizing skills. My office / desk is a disaster …

  12. Lynn Kelley says:

    Nice to meet HR through your interview, Nutschell. That’s a bummer about the hot tea and your old laptop, HR. I can sympathize. That’s one of my fears, not just me bumbling and spilling, but anyone who comes near me when I’m using it!

    My sister was hooked on chai tea a few years back. Her favorite saying was, “Chai it, you’ll like it!”

  13. Elise Fallson says:

    Great interview!
    I used to love to sort and organize, but I had to give it up. My house and subsequently my writing space has become a Feng Shui nightmare. I have kids. It’s a permanent condition. I also don’t like talking over the telephone because the only people who ever call me are solicitors and androids wanting me to take a survey. (:

  14. Your “writing” quote is awesome. That’s my writing philosophy too. 😀

    It’s really cool learning more about you, Southpaw. Apparently there’s more to you than your love of hibernating and of foraging for berries.

  15. Ciara Knight says:

    Loved the interview. I don’t have an established routine either. I write in all different rooms of the house.

  16. What an awesome interview! Love the quote.

  17. Lexa Cain says:

    I’m definitely with the last quote, “Just do it.” Writing can be exhausting and rejections depressing, but in the end, you just have to believe in yourself and do it. Thanks for the great interview. I enjoyed it. :-)

  18. Lydia K says:

    Um, “just do it” is a great inspirational writing quote in my book, too!

  19. I know H.R. Sinclair and she’s awesome and has a fun blog. Thanks for hosting Southpaw. I don’t have much of a routine wither. At the end of the day I add up the bits and pieces I’ve worked on and hope it adds up to something significant.

  20. Lynda Young says:

    Your studio shot is truly awesome. Very debonair!
    And I believe chai is one of the better writing drinks… even if you no longer drink while writing 😉

  21. I’m not sure I could write without a drink by my side. I use two desks put together to form a corner desk and always keep my drink on the one my laptop isn’t on.
    Class 5 rapids? I’m not that brave.

  22. Just doing it works for me. And I totally understand the tea and laptop incident. Only mine was coffee and laptop. Not good. Thanks for the interview.

  23. Southpaw says:

    Thank everybody and thanks again nutschell for having me. My internet connection keeps going out which is troubling. So, I’m keeping this brief.

  24. I’m late, but here. What a wonderful interview! Love your shot of the work space! And “just do it” works for me, pal. (That bison story is a mg adventure novel.) Get to woman!!!!! (((hugs)))

  25. Er, get to it is what I meant to say. *needs copy editor*

  26. I’m always afraid something like that will happen if I bring fluids too close to the computer–so I try not to set anything liquid down while I’m writing. So far, no disasters . . .

    I love your Starry Night mousepad. :)

    Great writing tip!

  27. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Holly – great read .. earthquakes, spilling tea – time for a shout or two … loved seeing the workspace – talk about minimalist! Cheers Hilary

    • Southpaw says:

      What you don’t see in the window is the large window next to the table with squirrels, birds, cars, and leaves falling – lots of distractions. 😉

  28. Miranda Hardy says:

    I dislike talking on the phone, too. Love the white water rapids. I haven’t gone in a while and I’m sure never through the 5’s. Exciting stuff though!

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