TWN WWW 3002 Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Miranda Hardy

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 Miranda Hardy, author of that fun blog Miranda Hardy: Future New York Times Bestseller! 

Welcome, Miranda!

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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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Miranda Hardy

If anyone asks me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a writer. I do, however, have another side job in which I work as a commercial credit underwriter, so basically I’m always writing one thing or another.

I write in several different genres (children’s picture book, sci-fi, fantasy, inspirational), but I’m currently working on a YA Paranormal/Horror.

As hobbies, I enjoy capturing awesome wildlife pictures and torturing my children by making them do crazy things like blow up 1,000 or so balloons in order to prank a colleagues’ workspace. I’ve also been known to do wild fun things like white water rafting and rugged hiking from time to time.

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Miranda river rafting with friends

I have, on occasion, completed an acrylic painting or two…have to love Bob Ross!

 

On Workspace

1.  Where do you do most of your writing?

I write in a variety of places, but I’ve written tons at my desk in my bedroom. I also write at the library on the weekends.

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

 My desk was given to me by the wonderful and talented Ainsley Shay. I put things that are important to me on the desk for inspiration.

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 Miranda’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 an accounting clock that belonged to a dear uncle of mine. I also have a very important message written out above my desk, a gift from Ainsley also. It’s a good reminder to just WRITE.

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Miranda’s Accounting Clock

 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 that my desk is in my room, in my own space, away from the noise that occupies my house on a daily basis. I have a dictionary and thesaurus, as well as a book of 10,000 baby names…all very handy tools.

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

Tea, unsweetened iced tea.

 

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Miranda’s inspirational board

On Writing

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

I’ve read a lot of classic’s in my youth, but I didn’t get serious about writing until after I took a literature class in college. Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” inspired me.

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

Lately, I don’t begin to write until the late evening hours during the weekday. I come home from work and seclude myself in my room. On the weekends, I stop by Starbucks on the way to the library and spend several hours in a comfortable chair by a window overlooking a large tree and pond.

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Miranda’s laptop

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, yes. I’ve been making a goal to write at least 1,000 words each day no matter what. The reason I go to the library on the weekend is to get away from the chores I have to do at home. When I’m home, I’m reminded of what needs to be done around the house.

 4. Why do you write?

I write to escape to another world, a world that brings a smile to my face. Besides, it’s the best way to express my craziness.

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

 “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

“If you never give up, you never fail.” Miranda Hardy

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Thanks, Miranda, 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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37 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Miranda Hardy”

  1. mooderino says:

    Everyone who does one of these posts invariably has a much nicer desk than mine, which wobbles if I type too fast. Fortunately I’m a very slow typist.

    mood
    Moody Writing

  2. Shelly says:

    As always, I love these. I’m nosey, you know. Still on blog-writing hiatus.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

  3. My room is my office, too. You can’t beat the commute in the winter. :D

    I have to write at home. Anywhere else would be too distracting.

  4. Miranda Hardy says:

    It’s a convenient commute, indeed. It’s nice to write in pajamas, too. Lol

  5. Sia McKye says:

    Unless I knocked out a wall and put on an addition, I have no room in my bedroom for a desk, lol! I do have a separate office in the house, though, complete with a sliding glass door. I love it.

    Whitewater rafting would be fun. I’ve always wanted to try it. It was fun to get to know you a bit better. :-)

    • Miranda Hardy says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Sia. I’d love to have a separate office one day. Maybe after I win the Powerball tonight, I can afford it. Lol

  6. Ella says:

    I enjoyed learning more about Miranda and her fun style! Oh, practical jokes are the best and give you more to write about!

    Great interview you two!

    • Miranda Hardy says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Ella. I’m all about the practical jokes. It makes life more interesting, and I love seeing people smile.

  7. I like your idea of leaving the house to write. I find I get way more done that way. No distractions.

  8. I’ve never seen an accounting clock before. And is that your office filled with balloons?

  9. A weekend writing escape to a comfortable chair by a window overlooking a large tree and pond sounds lovely! It’s nice to break away from the home desk now and again, isn’t it? : )

  10. tara tyler says:

    yay miranda! you sound like a fun person! so glad i know more about you!
    and your writing space is very similar to mine, desk by window in corner =)

    thanks for the peek!

  11. Brinda says:

    I keep saying that I need a book of baby names. Miranda, you’ve just reminded me!

  12. Lexa Cain says:

    Miranda has such a cool workspace — and she has gorgeous kids, too! Great post. :-)

  13. You definitely have a nicer desk than mine, lol. Congrats on your appearance on The Writing Nut, which appears to be an awesome site I’ve somehow missed until now.

  14. Nas says:

    Hi Miranda!

    Lovely to read about you and your writing space and processes! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love those pictures. I need a laptop cover like that! And I love that board.

  16. I love the inspirational board, laptop, and clock. It was great learning about Miranda’s work space.

  17. Nicole says:

    Nice pictures! It was fun to see your writing space.

  18. Lydia Kang says:

    That tax clock is hilarious! Great interview. Your laptop is adorable too!

  19. Hey Miranda,
    You’ve always been a RockStar Bluddie (Blog Buddy:) so it’s nice to get a glimpse see in what makes you tick (apart from a certain clock :)

  20. Katie says:

    Being able to express yourself is one of the best things about writing(:

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