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 Stephanie Dreyer, fellow CBW-LA member and author of that fun blog Chronicles of An Aspiring Children’s  Author

Welcome, Stephanie!

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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?

I am a marketing consultant by trade with a passion for writing.  I have been writing stories since 7th grade and love to write anything for kids.  I have led a successful marketing career over the last 15 years in which I have had the privilege of running an advertising agency, working with the #1 Spanish-language Network in the country, and producing commercials for clients such as Carl’s Jr., IKEA and Got Milk?.  Most recently, I have transitioned my consultancy to offer corporate writing services and have found it a great opportunity to stay focused on my writing passion.

I have been published in marketing trade publications, The Advertiser and The Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications, but my true love is children’s literature.  In my ideal world, I’d write picture books, multi-cultural chapter books and fiction for kids of all ages every day.

When I am not writing, I have many interests that compete for my attention.  I am a voracious reader of all genres, but especially love historical fiction and fantasy.  I am a passionate scrapbooker and my kids are my favorite subjects with volumes of scrapbooks and projects to prove it.  I am also an enthusiastic home chef who is vegan.  You can find me whipping up delicious, animal free meals every day in my home.

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write at my desk in my home office.  I love this space, created with much love and thought.  The walls are orange (one of my favorite colors) with wood accents and big windows that let in lots of light.

Stephanie’s Workspace

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

I bought all of the furniture from Pottery Barn.  My office was the second room I decorated when we moved into our home after rebuilding it 6 years ago.  I thought about how I like to work and made sure I had ample space on both sides of my computer to spread out.  I also knew that I wanted to be sandwiched between my windows so I could look out into the outdoor light, but wanted to be facing towards a wall where I could easily see my vision board and inspirations.

Stephanie’s Desk

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

I recently de-cluttered my desk, as this workspace is not only where I do my writing, but also do my household and consulting business.  I don’t need specific things around me to work, but rather need tidiness.  I can’t work with clutter.  So, organization bins and files are critical in my workspace.

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 my furniture and I have this pillow on my chair that I put behind my back while I am at the computer.  I most especially love the pictures in the room and visuals on my wall that create a warm, nurturing environment that inspire and motivate me.

Pictures that inspire Stephanie

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

Decaf green tea in a special mug.


On Writing

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

I have so many favorites.  Judy Blume and Carolyn Keene were my heroes as a kid.

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

There is no typical day for me.  I start every writing session by first unwinding with a blog post on one of my two blogs.  It loosens me up and opens my creative process.

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

I schedule 15, 30 and 60 minute intervals into my days as I can.  Some days, I may not write at all and then another day, I will write 2 hours in one session.  My worst distraction is all of my responsibilities that seem so much more pressing – my kids Girl Scout troop planning, errands for the house, my volunteer committee follow up tasks…the list goes on and on.

4. Why do you write?

First and foremost, I write because it brings me joy.  Secondly, I write because I want to make a positive impact in a child’s life.

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

I am not sure I am one to give wisdom, as I have nothing figured out yet!  But, I would share that we should do what we love, no matter how crazy or impossible it may seem.  We must make time, even if it is an hour a week to find the time to do the things we love.  Over time, that will grow and fuel the growth of something bigger until your dream manifests itself.

One of my favorite quotes: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

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Thanks, Stephanie, 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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7 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Stephanie Dreyer”

  1. Shelly says:

    This was a great post. I love these, Nut. Did I tell you that before?

  2. Kelly Polark says:

    I love the orange walls! You don’t see that often!!

  3. Cecilia says:

    Great Interview. It’s great to meet you, Stephanie. Oh, tea is my favourite writing beverage as well. :) peppermint with ginger

  4. Two windows over that beautiful desk! I’m envious. Another interesting interview. So nice to meet Stephanie.

  5. Lydia K says:

    I love that there’s a dedicated space for writing and stuff. I probably need that!

  6. Karen Strong says:

    Thanks for telling us about Stephanie’s workspace. Love that she also schedules as little as 15 minutes to write — I can so relate to that. :)

  7. Great interview! I enjoyed seeing Stephanie’s workspace too.

    Kathy M.

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