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 Stephen Tremp, blogger extraordinaire at  and author of the suspense thriller REAKTHROUGH.

Welcome, Stephen!


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 Stephen Tremp

I was in banking and finance (recreation business; boats and RVs) for many years. I managed various departments, was Keeper of the Documents for a $7 billion portfolio, and was involved with various projects including conversion and deconversion projects that came with mergers and acquisitions, and compliance projects like Sarbanes-Oxley.

Then came the financial collapse and I took a voluntary layoff. I took the time off to write some books and never looked back. I still do part-time work in the travel industry to help keep the lights on and the water running. I love the travel industry as people are generally in vacation ode and in good moods.



On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I lost my manly-man space last year to my kids as we walled off the loft and gave it to them and I moved into a spare bedroom. Then, just last month, I lost that as the kids now need their own separate bedrooms. Sigh. So I now use my laptop to write wherever the house is quietest.


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

Staples for $99.00. I laugh as a kid I thought I would have this huge office with mahogany walls and a fireplace with books lining the walls.

Now, I’m temporarily in the kitchen (thanks kids!!!). But it throws off how a kitchen should look and wife is not happy. I’ll lose the desk in a couple weeks and use my laptop to write on the kitchen table, couch, Starbucks, or wherever. My PC is pretty much obsolete now.

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

Stuff my kids made for me. Like a LEGO man sitting at a desk typing away. Classic!

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

Workspace? What workspace? Offices and desks … who needs them? Just give me a comfy place to sit, a cup of coffee or wine (depending on the time of day), and my laptop.


Three things on my desk:

Daughter number one made me out of Lego pieces sitting at my PC.

Daughter number two bought me the buck.

Wifey gave me Father of the Year trophy.

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

See above comment.

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Stephen’s favorite coffee cup, Stitch from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.


On Writing

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

I was inspired to write a book as soon as I finished Relic from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Dean Koonz is also an inspiration. I met him at a book signing and shook his hand and took a pic with him. He’s a very affable guy. But overall, I glean inspiration from a wide range of authors.


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

I like to write in my sweats, PJs, something loose, soft, and comfortable. In the hot summer months it’s my boxer shorts. TMI, I know.


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. I take breaks. But when I do write, I make up for lost time. I just sit down and rock and roll regardless if it’s quiet or noisy and knock out massive amounts of a WIP.


4. Why do you write?

Writing is my passion. It’s what I love doing and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Except marketing and promoting, which I really like to do too!


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

I can write ten pages a day easily. The fewer the revisions the better. Stephen King claims to make fewer than five revisions per novel in his book Am Writing and that’s what I’m working toward.

I’d like to write one book every six months and with Stephen King’s advice and my editor’s help, I can do it!




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

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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20 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Stephen Tremp”

  1. Awesome to meet Stephen. I’ve seen his name around. I’m like him. My work area moves around, lately into places I never expected.

  2. The Relic is one of their best books. (And a really crappy movie.)
    Stephen, you are a man in desperate need of a man-cave!

  3. Wanda says:

    I like Stephen’s flexibility. He doesn’t let the work space or lack therefore snatch is creative writing juices.

    Happy Blog Anniversary to you.

  4. mooderino says:

    Hope Stephen isn’t writing in his boxer shorts in Starbucks!


  5. Hilary says:

    Hi Stephen .. you’ve certainly had an up and down life with the kids, the kitchen, the attic … and that disappearing act thingumy ‘called a blog’!!! Sounds like life is sorted though .. just the need for a little more room …

    The storyline in Breakthrough is so fast flowing, now I must read Opening and then I hope Escalation will be done and dusted. Congratulations on all your work load – those books and all the science projects … you give us lots of information we’d never pick up otherwise .. well Golden Eagle might and Mary Pax .. the rest of us – unlikely!!

    Cheers and enjoy the summer and finishing off Escalation .. cheers and great interview Michelle .. love the photo of the tented awning and book signing .. Hilary

  6. Teresa C says:

    Great interview, guys. I think it’s interesting to see what coffee cups writers drink out of. Do I need to get a life or what?

  7. L.G.Smith says:

    Wowzer, ten pages a day! I’ve never done that. And I’m a laptop girl too. I usually just park it on the couch and start tapping away.

  8. Thanks for hosting me today! And thanks everyone for stopping by and saying hello! We may have to move to a bigger place if I am to get a man-cave back.

  9. Oh, I emphasise with losing the study and trying to find space around the house to write. I lost my study about 2 years ago. Sweats are great to write in.

  10. Julie Luek says:

    Ohhh kiddos– they change the landscape of our lives– for a long, long time. My son is graduating college this week and will be home for a bit until he gets a job. His bedroom is my study, which means out to the kitchen table for me. I love having him home, so it’s a good sacrifice. But still….

  11. Al Diaz says:

    One book every six months! Wow. I must learn from you. I also had this dream of an office like you described it. Still waiting, hahaha. 😀

  12. What a great post! It sounds like he is quite the flexible writer and can write in many places. I thought I would have a fancy office, too. Not yet! :) I like the things that his kids made for him! Happy writing!

  13. LD Masterson says:

    I’m sure I had a thoughtful, considered comment to make here but as I scrolled down I hit Mood’s comment, had a flash image of Stephen in his boxers in Starbucks and now I can’t remember what the heck I was going to say.

  14. Aw, I love that tiny trophy! And I agree. A writer doesn’t need an office to write! 😉

  15. Hi Stephen–soft and comfortable for the WIN!!!

  16. Really nice to get to know you Stephen. I love your three desk items :)

    Best of luck on your writing journey.

  17. Arlee Bird says:

    Nice to get up close and personal with my fellow team mate from the A to Z Challenge. Thanks for inviting us into your home and sharing a snapshot of your life. I love my desk computer and haven’t really gone mobile too much with my notebook computer unless I’m traveling. Maybe if I get a nicer laptop someday I may spread my wings, but I’m comfy at home. I was drawn to the lighthouse lamp on your desk. Very cool looking bit of decoration.

  18. So sweet that you keep giving up your work spaces for the kids. Thank goodness for laptops.

  19. Congrats on the “Father of the Year” trophy Stephen! That probably means more than anything else.

  20. This is so neat. You sound a lot like me, especially with coffee in the morning and wine later on … both from a coffee cup for me! It is nice that you keep sharing your space with everybody, and to go desk-less is super nice too.

    Plus, I follow Stephen King’s advice whenever possible!

    Best of luck on your writing goals. Now I just need to read your book.

    Kathy M.

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