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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 Stina Lindenblatt, blogger, and author of the New Adult contemporary romance TELL ME WHEN.

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Welcome, Stina !

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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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Author Stina Lindenblatt

I can now officially say I write for a living after my New Adult contemporary romance sold in a two-book deal to Carina Press (Harlequin’s digit imprint).  I’m also an avid close-up photographer, which I find helpful when it comes to writing.

 

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

We’re hoping to move one day, but for now my bedroom is my office. The commute is a killer in the winter. *grins*

 

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

When I started writing, we moved the computer into my room, but we didn’t want my young kids to mess around with it. So I bought a fancy cabinet where I could lock away the computer. Most of the time I forgot to lock the kid-proof device. My kids are older now, so I recently threw it away.

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Stina’s Workspace

 

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

I have my support team hanging around the computer. I’ve tried to get them to brainstorm with me, but so far it hasn’t happened. I think they’re shy.

 

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

Diet Dr. Pepper. Definitely Diet Dr. Pepper. Skim milk, but mostly in the evenings. And sometimes water (if it’s hot).

On Writing

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

I don’t have a favorite author. I’m a fan of many YA and NA (New Adult) authors. The author who inspired me to start writing NA books instead of YA was Tammara Webber. I read EASY and was instantly sold on the category.

 

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

I get up at 5 a.m and blog, check my emails, and play on Twitter. At 6:40 a.m, it’s time to get the kids up for school.  With three kids and three different school schedules, I finally get the last kid out the door around 8:30 a.m. At this point, I go for a run (great for brainstorming plots). Afterwards, I spend the most of the day writing (until dinner). Fortunately my super supportive hubby makes the dinners, but I think that’s because he got bored of the same pasta every day. LOL

 My schedule is pretty similar on the weekend, except I spend more time with the family on Sundays. And, of course, I don’t have to get the kids up for school, which gives me more writing time in the mornings.

 

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

I have to write every day or else I suffer from withdrawals. And that’s not a pretty sight.

My worst writing distraction is the Internet. I have to unplug the modem so that I don’t cave into the temptation of checking my inbox or social media account. When my kids are home, they can be a distraction too. My definition of an emergency is different to theirs.

 

4. Why do you write?

I live for it. My characters don’t shut up and so I have to write. It’s as simple as that.

 

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, I know that’s a Nike slogan but it still applies to writing. If you don’t do it, it won’t happen.

 

Thanks, Nutschell and everyone, for visiting my not-so-exciting writing place. :)

 

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

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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8 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Stina Lindenblatt”

  1. ML Swift says:

    Stina,

    It’s wonderful to read about your space and process. And isn’t it hard to pick a fave author? Just way too many.

    Excited to hear about your book deal! Way to go. It’s been a treat seeing fellow authors getting their work out there. Much success to you!

  2. Awesome seeing Stina’s workspace and learning about her writing schedule. I’m jealous her husband comes home from work and cooks dinner.

  3. I don’t think I could write at five in the morning. I can barely form a blog comment by six.

  4. Stina, I have a hutch almost exactly like that. It used to be my entire desk when it was in our media room. (And my office was a spare bedroom for foster kids.) I have no idea how I did it back then.

  5. LOL We’re moving in two months and my work area will look a lot nicer than this. I’ll have an office!!!!! (and not a bedroom office). We just signed the documents on Monday and will get the keys tomorrow. *does happy dance*

    Thanks, Nutshell, for having me on your blog. :)

  6. Jemi Fraser says:

    I’m jealous! One of these days I’ll have a desk! But I’ll probably still write in my favourite chair! :)

  7. slamdunk says:

    Fun interview Stina and Nutschell–thanks for sharing.

    Wow Stina, you are this talented and kind even after waking up daily at 5 am? I have even more respect for you now.

  8. LD Masterson says:

    If I’m writing at 5:00 a.m. it means I haven’t gone to bed yet. Which done happen.

    Do you actually unplug your modem when you write? I’ve told myself to do that many times but can’t bring myself to. It’s like turning off my phone. I’m certain I’ll miss something crucial.

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