December 7th, 2012
Haa-oooooo! That’s my wolfpack howl, hehehe!
Helloooo my friendly followers! omgosh, I have the most amazing special treat for you guys! Holloway Pack mama, BLUE MOON and MAKE BELIEVE headline author J.A. Belfield has agreed to give us a sneak peek into the depths of her writing den! Set your wolf howls for welcome as I introduce the amazing lady who brought us such hotness as Sean and Ethan Holloway and Benjamin Gold, the fabulously talented, Mrs. J. A. Belfield…
One day, a character and scene popped into J. A. Belfield’s head, and she started controlling the little people inside her imagination as though she were the puppet master and they her toys. Questions arose: What would happen if …? How would they react if …? Who would they meet if …? Before she knew it, a singular scene had become an entire movie. The characters she controlled began to hold conversations. Their actions reflected the personalities she bestowed upon them. Within no time, they had a life, a lover, a foe, family … they had Become.
One day, she wrote down her thoughts. She’s yet to stop.
J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats, and a dog. She writes paranormal romance with a second love for urban fantasy.
C.S.I. with J.A. Belfield
Now, I’ll admit, that this post is a seriously far throw from what I was initially asked to write, but I have my reasons.
You see, Kelly (who’s awesome, btw) wanted all of the MAKE BELIEVE antho authors to have similar posts, in which we describe our workspace (and include pics), and try to explain how our environment aids us in our writing.
Well, the facto of it is . . . mine just doesn’t.
My entire workspace is almost a hazard waiting to happen.
So I decided to treat it as such.
And here’s the proof.
Now, what we have here would be described differently by different folk. Some might call them fuel. Others may call them distractions. Personally, I call them my reminders to eat, because I would otherwise forget–despite my spot of choice being smack in the middle of my kitchen. O_o
Let’s take a closer look.
EXHIBIT A: What? one can NEVER have too many pain au chocolates.
EXHIBIT B: Um . . . dunno how that got there. Moving swiftly on.
EXHIBIT C: Ah, yes. My caffeine fix. From the first thing in the morning until lunchtime, you will find coffee (or empty mug) at my right elbow. And if you think that looks very much like a Holloway Pack mug, you’d be right. Yes, I am that vain.
EXHIBIT D: You’ll note that, due to the chaos that is my workspace, I’ve had to place pointers to help identify those items worthy of discussion.
So 1) My ‘Over 40′s Jokes’ book. A birthday gift from my biggest sister (in age, not size). Not quite sure what she was trying to say. O_o
2) This is my pile of essential items: hairbrush (please do not comment–a writer’s hair can become very messed up from all that tugging); purse (for those moments when I spot a paperback online that I just HAVE TO buy!); mobile & house phone (because if I had to get up for them, they’d likely go unanswered).
3) Hand cream. VEEEEEERY important *nods head*
4) My trusty Kindle. can’t live without the blighter.
5) Yeah, that’s the chaos pile.
6) My pooch. She was probably hiding from the camera knowing her. **
EXHIBIT E: Ah, here we go: the dumping ground.
At 1) we have sunglasses. Owned by Mini-Me. Last worn by The Boy.
At 2)? that would be the Mini-Me’s hat. one she couldn’t be bothered to put back in her room.
3) shows a teddy bear of mine. Bought for me by my best friend. Left on the table by the Mini-Me after she claimed it but couldn’t be bothered to put in her own space after said claiming.
Annnnnd, 4) is a (no longer legal tender) £1 note belonging to Mr B that the Mini-Me found and then proceeded to dump in that spot. O_o
EXHIBIT F: This pic? This is my writing view. This is what I see as I tap away at the keys (thought at a slightly lower angle coz, really, I ain’t that tall).
1) Okay, that looks suspiciously like the empty wrapper of the cupcake in EXHIBIT B. No idea how that got there. O_O
Moving swiftly on to . . . 2) This would be my missing number 4 key. Pried off one day when it wouldn’t work (the culprit turned out to be food crumbs O_o). And refused to go back on ever since. O_O.
3) What I do all day. Proof that I am a hard-working author who burns the keys she taps so fas–hang on, isn’t that Facebook?
So how DOES all of this help me settle in for writing?
Well, like I said, it doesn’t. The writing just kinda happens on its own.
** Unfortunately, my dog passed away soon after these pics were shot but I didn’t want to eliminate her entirely as she played a big part in keeping me company whilst I wrote. I kinda miss her snoring and snorting and whatnot.
Aww, JAB. I’m so sorry for your loss. *hugs*
I’d like to thank you so much for inviting us Howling Holloway fangirls and boys in to your private writing den where stories like DARKNESS & LIGHT and BLUE MOON and ESCORT TO INSANITY from the MAKE BELIEVE anthology were born.
Wanna stalk the lovely JAB on the web? You can find her on twitter @JABelfield, like her FB page or find out what she’s reading on Goodreads. Wanna hear the melodious sound of her voice? omgosh, if I had her lovely accent, I’d never stop talking, hehe! click HERE to visit our author friend Keri Lake’s website, where JAB can be found reading the most beautiful poem ever.