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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 Mina Burrows, author of that fun blog, Books for Paranormal & Mystic Minds.

Welcome, Mina!

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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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Mina Burrows

Hi Nutschell.  Thanks for having me.  I live in South Florida, and I am married with two kids.  I basically break myself down into three parts: family, work and writing.  Like most people, family is a huge part of my life.  I mention this because my family, for me, represents who I am as a writer and a person.  Oh and they also keep me crazy busy.  Another part of my life is that I’m a digital marketing consultant and run a small agency with a hand full of clients.  It’s hard work at times, but the flexibility to be with my family is priceless.  And finally, the third part of my life is that I’m a fictional writer.  I write mostly paranormal romance, but I’ve ventured into other genres like YA, children’s picture books and new adult.  I guess I write what I feel like.  As far as hobbies, I’m an insatiable reader and a wannabe gardener.  My hidden talent doesn’t sound like one, but it is.  The one thing I’m insanely good at is being resourceful.  It sounds crazy, but I’ve always had the ability to find incredible uses for useless things.  As much I’d loathe a post-apocalyptic world, you’d probably want someone like me in your tribe, rebel group, commune or district.  LOL!

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

This is a picture of my desk.  I run my business here as well, but when I have an hour to spare, and I’m not exhausted from my day, I write here.

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

If you can believe, my husband who is a pack rat, picked this desk up at a garage sale.  He paid $18 bucks, and it’s a battered pottery barn desk.  Impressive, huh?  Yeah, he has all sorts of mad skills.  Anyway, as far as my work area, I try to keep it clean to help me stay organized.  The desk is covered with items I’ve accumulated from my family and kids to inspire my writing.  For example, my daughter started recently changing the monster high doll on my desk which I don’t mind.  I appreciate her creativity, and she helps me with mine. :)

 

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

The most important piece thing on my desk is my laptop.  After that it’s an internet connection and then iPhone/iPad.  Technology is my lifeline, and it sucks when any of these items goes down.

 

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

My desk is near a window, and I love being able to glance outside throughout my day.  My spider-monkey action figure from Ben 10 is a must from my son.  I think I like that show more than my kids do.  My raven reminds me of Poe, who is one of my favorite authors.  I use my raven to remind me to be brave, authentic and to always strive for exceptional work.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever reach my raven’s expectations though.*sigh*

 

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

Coffee.  Water.  Wine.  Usually in that order and throughout the day.

On Writing

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

Jane Austen.  I picked up Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion as a random purchase decades ago not knowing a thing about the author or the book.  After that I was hooked, which goes to show you that great literature doesn’t need to be taught…it just needs to be read.  Writers like classic authors, Austen, Shelley, Stoker and Poe, and more recent traditionally published ones like Dean Koontz, Julie Garwood, Jennifer Ashley and Kresley Cole are some my favorite authors.  From a self-published perspective, I adore writers like Elizabeth Reyes and really just any indie writer has been an inspiration to me.  I read all types of books, so I come across all types of writers.  The writing journey itself is such an arduous task that I can’t help but be inspired by authors and their personal stories.

 

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

My day starts off with trying to get as much client work done as possible, so I can do my own writing.  I feel like I’m always in a hurried state to get to what I really want to be doing, which is writing and spending time with my family.

 

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

I try to write every day, but there are days when that’s impossible.  When I do write, I do as much as possible i.e. a scene, chapter or edit on a current project until I’ve exhausted myself or until the duty of being a mom calls.  I feel like social media and blogging is a huge distraction which is why I’ve slowed down blogging and socializing online.

 

4. Why do you write?

When I first started writing, I had a story that haunted me as a kid until I wrote it down.  Once I finished writing the stories (mostly short stories) I’d put them away and forget about them.  It wasn’t until later when I wrote my first novel that I understood my real purpose.  From then on, the stories kept coming.  “Scribo ergo sum” –yeah, “I write, therefore I am?” pretty much sums it up.

 

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

Working out helps me free my mind to think about plots and it also helps with stress.  There are days why I’m my writing flows easily and others times when it’s like I’m trudging through the dessert.  I go with the flow and write when I can and pray that it doesn’t suck.  Whenever I doubt myself and think I’ll never measure up, I remember the quote by Judy Garland. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

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

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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15 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Mina Burrows”

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh says:

    That’s a great quote. Cool you get to work from home, Mina.

  2. I’ve said it before Tina, but we have very similar taste. Most of your favorite authors are mine too! And I too like to write by a window :)

  3. Wow, your work space puts me to shame. Really neat and organized. I’m a Jane Austen fan too! Great profile. :)
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  4. Mina B. says:

    Thanks Alex. I love that quote too.

    SL, I swear we are cut from the same clothe!

    Thanks for having me Nutschell!

  5. I love what the raven signifies to you! Nice work area. Sounds like a great place to work.

  6. I enjoyed this post very much, Mina.

    Hi Nutschell! I am back to blogging and wanted to stop by and say hello. I see that you are still going strong.

    Hugs,

    Kathy M.

  7. I find walking helps energize my writing. Thanks for the interview..

  8. Mina B. says:

    @Shannon – Yeah. I love my raven too. I think I got it for a buck at Target or something. It’s hard keeping the desk clean. I always seem to gather paperwork. Urgh.

    @Kathy Thanks Kathy. Appreciate it!

  9. Your husband go a great deal on the desk!

  10. Elise Fallson says:

    “Coffee. Water. Wine.” Yep. 😀

    And I love that quote. Great interview, sorry I’m so late getting over here!

  11. An $18 desk?! Wow!

    And I know what you mean about blogging and social media. It never fails to be such a time-suck!

  12. Your husband’s quite the bargain hunter/finder. As to exercise, it’s essential for me if I want to write anything worth reading.

  13. Mina B. says:

    @Maurice – LOL! Yes he did!

    @Elise – No worries. Thanks for stopping by. :)

    @Heather – I know. $18 bucks. Can you believe it? As for social media…it’s hard to balance it along with everything else.

    @C.Lee – Yeah. And when I slack off on the exercise, I really feel it.

  14. mshatch says:

    Nice to learn more about you and I love your desk!

  15. Bev Baird says:

    Another great interview. Wonderful advice.
    Just wanted to let you know I had not received you email re winning the Writer’s Compass (for which I am so grateful!)

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