The place where I work


I hope you didn’t expect a tidy and sleek office?

My office is a place full of paper, books, notes, pens, files, cup of coffee, lights, noticeboard, etc. Our super-tough birchwood work stations came over to France with us, plus the IKEA office cupboards which used to adorn my UK office when I ran my translation business.

We converted part of the enormous basement into an office to fit the furniture, et voilà! My IT engineer husband fitted network cabling, wifi, regular routers, a second wireless access point and all those techie things you need. We have three HP printers, two colour, one black & white laser, all inherited from the UK business. We will never need to buy a paper clip, filing tray or ring binder ever again.

refbooks copyAnd here are a few of the books in the cupboard to the left of my desk.

Behind all this material description runs a theme; having a properly equipped and comfortable workplace. Each of us has their level of untidiness/tidyness – that’s a personality trait – but each writer must make their own, dedicated personalised space so that their muse feels comfortable enough to come out to play.

This is mine, and it seems to work. 😉


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers, INCEPTIO, and PERFIDITAS. Third in series, SUCCESSIO, is out early summer 2014.

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