The Desk Of An Author

An author can never have too many pencils with stellar erasers. I have a holder full of them. Paper…yep. Lots of it. Everywhere. On my desk, in my car, in the front pocket of my purse, in the drawer of my nightstand… I find myself writing notes, jotting down ideas, drawing images or even sketching a single word on the back of an old receipt…anything that stirs an idea, I write it down. A tiny idea can often grow into something more.

That’s how The Gift of Fate began. I had a title first…a story later. I still have the piece of paper I wrote the title down on. It’s on the back of an old grocery receipt. Perhaps I’ll frame it someday. It launched my career as a writer. I’m forever grateful to that $17.43 receipt. It’s a good thing I was out of milk and bread that day…oh, and Chai tea. (snicker)

The publisher receives my manuscript this Friday for formatting and first print-run. Nervous, but so excited. Cannot wait to share my grocery receipt story with you soon. πŸ™‚

P.S. This is Lexi. My precious Miniature Schnauzer. She is always cuddled in a blanket that she shouldn’t be in (blankets + dog = doggy smelling blankets). She is my writing companion each and every day. Don’t you just love her motivation? She inspires me…that being lazy sometimes is okay. Even authors need to dream…not just on paper. πŸ˜‰


4 thoughts on “The Desk Of An Author”

  1. Love this post and the story of how it all began on your crumpled up $17.43 receipt!!
    Your writers desk sounds like my jewelry desk, messy with my tools and jewels. LoL!
    Sweet little Lexi, so nice to cuddle up with! πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Valerie! I am so excited to hear about your book!!! That is awesome and I can’t wait to read it. I was one of your fifth grade teachers at Dunn Elementary. I heard about this from Jeanne Bilger, Jaclyn Powell’s mother. I am so proud of you and wish you the best!!!


    Susan Spencer

    1. Susan,

      I remember you. πŸ™‚

      When I saw this comment I was in shock. The outpouring of generosity and “cheering me on” has been incredible over the past few months. So sweet of you to take the time to leave me a note. Thank you. That means the world to me!

      5th grade…where does the time go?! I am married to a wonderful man and we have 3 children, twin boys who are almost 12 and my youngest son who is almost 8.

      Life is a blessing. Writing has always been my passion. I just never found the time or felt like I had the gift until recently. Now that my children are older, I finally took the time to turn the thoughts in my head into a reality.

      My first book will be released later this spring. Other works are underway as well.

      I’m certainly living my dream.

      Keep in touch Susan! I can’t wait to tell my parents who stopped by to say hello today. πŸ˜‰



      1. Wow, you are a busy lady – 3 boys!!! I am so happy that you are doing really well. I am not surprised though. Where do you live? I can tell you are an amazing writer by your post. I LOVE it!!! I will definitely keep up with your books. That is awesome!!! Continue to live your dream. ; – )


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s