Where I Write: Leife Shallcross

By Leife Shallcross

Posted on November 30, 2017 in Books with tags Leife Shallcross

When it comes to finding the perfect writing space, there are a few things on my wishlist:

1) Access to endless cups of tea (and also good coffee, for extra points
2) Access to the stuff I’m using for research
3) Inspiration to keep me focussed
4) A door to close to minimise distractions for the perennially distractable

So… Welcome to my writing den!



It is absolutely always this tidy, and there are definitely no piles of boxes, broken computer hardware and suitcases stuffed with craft supplies stashed in corners where the camera can’t see.

This is my personal paradise and ticks pretty much all my boxes. This is my special shelf for books I’m using for research:


For inspiration, I’ve got my pinboard (currently covered in a 1767 map of London), my entire science fiction and fantasy book collection, and a big old signed print of one of Brian Froud’s luscious fairy paintings on my wall. Beautiful… and just a little bit creepy.

Here’s my reading pile, affectionately known as Mount TBR:

Yeah, it is kind of out of control. But only dangerous if you’re standing near it in an earthquake.

This is Chikka. My study is also his bedroom. He’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, so he’s not very clever. But he’s cute and warm and his talent for snoring is unsurpassed.

Confession: I don’t always write in my study. On weekdays I usually drag myself out of bed at ungodly o’clock in the morning to get an hour or so of writing in before the rest of my family gets up. When I’m up early I usually make myself a cosy nest on the couch and write there.

You see, as much as I love my study, my head is my writing space. It’s in there that all the story-making happens: where characters are born and worlds constructed, subplots laid and story problems untangled, where I obsess over combinations of words to find the ones that sing. I always carry a notebook and pen in my handbag, for writing on the bus and in my lunch hour (but the best ideas usually happen when I’m out running or driving or in the shower or anywhere that I don’t actually have a pen.)



Sadly my head does not come with tea making facilities and the WiFi is rubbish. But at least it comes with me wherever I go. 🙂


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