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 Medeia Sharif. She’s the author of  that awesome YA bok Bestest Ramadan Ever. You can also find her blogging at http://www.medeiasharif.com/

Welcome, Medeia!

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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?

Medeia Sharif

I live in Miami, where I teach Language Arts and Reading at a middle school. I write contemporary YA. My 2011 debut, BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER, as well as all my current WIPs fit that category. Next to writing, my other love is reading. If and when I have a lot of time on my hands, I sketch and paint.

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

I do most of my writing at my desk. Sometimes I take my laptop or AlphaSmart word processor to bed or the sofa, but this is where most of the magic happens.

Medeia’s workspace

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

I wish I could say it’s an antique or that there’s a special story behind it, but it’s a basic desk from Office Depot. It’s my favorite desk so far since it makes great use of vertical space (which made for easy arranging).

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

I have a lot of stationery. Most of it is stored elsewhere, but there are two cups of pens and pencils and some notebooks on my desk. Even though I type almost everything, I still need to jot things down fast

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

My previous desks were messy, but it’s easier to be neat on this one. When things are in order, I’m more likely to focus on writing. I use my lip balm often, since I love my lip products, and I’m always drinking water.

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

I used to have Diet Coke around, but these days I have a bottle of Fiji water nearby.

On Writing

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

I started young. V.C. Andrews was my inspiration in middle school and Stephen King was my inspiration in high school.

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

I prefer to write late at night or early in the morning. Sometimes I purposefully go to bed real early, in the evening, so that I can wake up around midnight to write.

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

I try to write every day, but this doesn’t always happen. The best time to catch up with my writing is weekends, holidays, winter break, spring break, and summer vacation (I’m a teacher).

I included a pic of my feline writing distractions…they do not leave me alone.

Medeia’s lovable distractions

4. Why do you write?

I can’t help it. I itch to write and my characters won’t leave me alone.

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

Be persistent. If one manuscript gets rejected and doesn’t work out, write the next one and the next one. We’ve all heard of stories of drawer manuscripts published writers have (and I have my own). And my favorite quote is…

Easy reading is damn hard writing. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

6. Would you care to share a favorite picture of yourself?

My brooding, younger, daydreamer, future writer self:


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Thanks, Medeia, 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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17 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Medeia Sharif”

  1. Medeia, I like that blue curtain. Reminds me of the ocean.

    Look at those cats–cool stripe down the nose. I can’t believe how many writers have cats. Look at the little you!

    Nutschell, thanks for hosting Medeia.

  2. Old Kitty says:

    Yay for furry writerly distractions!!

    Loving Medeia’s workspace – the vertical desk really works!! Yay!

    Take care
    x

  3. mooderino says:

    Why does everyone have a better organised writing area than me?

    Great interview.

    mood

  4. You were so cute as a child, Medeia. Ahem, not that you’re not cute now. Anyways, love the desk and all your thoughts on writing. The characters keep me writing as well.

  5. Very interesting read. Your writinig area is very quaint, and I’m sure a comfort to you. I was a teacher as well in an inner city school, and I couldn’t handle the behavior. Best of luck to you …

  6. That desk is awesome, Medeia. I love it! I itch to write too. I so enjoyed reading this. That picture of you is precious.

    Thanks Nut for having one of my favorite writers featured. :-)

  7. Southpaw says:

    Yup, those two furry critters look like trouble makers.

  8. I do so like your desk and office space, Medeia. What a great glimpse into your writing life.
    Another nice feature, Nutschell.

  9. Great insight to Medeia’s world! Like where her printer is located. I bet she has a lot of paper land on her head.

  10. Karen Strong says:

    Thanks for sharing. Love the kitties. Ha, Medeia did seem like a “brooding” child. Maybe she was thinking of story ideas.

    Still enjoying the series. :)

  11. Akoss says:

    I’ve been following Medeia since early last year. It’s such a pleasure getting to know more about her through this meme.
    Thanks Nutschell

  12. Rek says:

    Very interesting to get a behind a scene peek into an author’s life. I liked the framing next to the writer’s desk. Very artistic.
    A lot of cat lovers here.

  13. I’ve never seen an interview all about the writing space! Good twist on the interview process. Best of luck in all you do, Medeia!

  14. Hurray for Medeia! And aren’t those kitty distractions adorable. Love these Wednesday Writers Workspace posts.

  15. Thanks for having me over, Nutschell. And thanks for the comments, everyone. My writing space keeps getting better. This year I’ve been the most organized and productive with my writing.

  16. Nice work area, Medeia. I went to a smaller desk, thinking it’s be neater. Ha! So much for that.:) Good to know a bit more about you.
    Thanks for hosting, Nutschell.

  17. Kelly Hand says:

    This website always makes me jealous of people who don’t have desks in freezing cold basements. I just sit on my couch in the living room to write, but I’ve got the two feline distractions. If one of them wants to nudge the laptop out of the way to occupy that spot, then it’s time to read. I wrote a blog post about how cats do their share to promote the virtues of reading, and it includes a link to images of writers with their feline friends. http://kellyjhand.com/2013/02/22/can-cute-kitties-sell-books/
    Enough about me! This was a great introduction to a book I would enjoy reading with my 11.5 year old daughter.

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