I’m living two blocks away from this library—and I don’t know why I was so elated about this—but I’m in my mesh jogging shorts in the elevator and I saw that my book “Swamplandia!” was their book club selection. And I was over the moon…So I just thought about what would happen if came in some kind of black raincoat and sat in on the book club meeting and then was like, ‘You’re all wrong!’
Where I Work: Maggie Stiefvater
I am, in fact, perfectly capable of writing anywhere. I traveled so much for the books last year that I had to learn how to work anywhere—I wrote The Raven Boys on planes and trains, in hotel rooms and the backseats of cars, tucked into the corner of conferences and sitting in a quiet room at a dairy farm. The most important thing for me is music; I always have to have my headphones on while I work, and then I’m all right.
Now. Just because I can work anywhere doesn’t mean I don’t have a favorite place. This year, my husband and I bought our first house (and hopefully our last one), and I’ve finally got my office precisely how I like it. During the day, I answer e-mails and revise manuscripts at my desk. I have a yoga ball chair because I’m not good at sitting still, and it lets me sit still while not sitting still. And then in the evening, when I’m tired of bouncing and e-mails, I collapse into the chair in the corner, fire up my laptop, and do most of my writing in the evening after the business world has quieted down.
In honor of moving my own desk out of Pip’s room last weekend and just getting it set up how I like it.
I write books as an old man, but in this country you have to be categorized, and I guess a little boy swimming in the nude in a bowl of milk (as in ‘In the Night Kitchen’) can’t be called an adult book.
Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of such children’s books as Where the Wild Things Are.
He died to today at the age of 83. Having owned several of his books a young, avid reader, I have always appreciated the candor in his stories.