Writing Space: Duffy Brown

I connected with Duffy Brown on Twitter and she kindly consented to do a guest post here on No Wasted Ink about her writing space!

Writer Duffy BrownDuffy Brown the writer…

I love anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, I longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. I have two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, and conjure up who-done-it stories of my very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Iced Chiffon, out October, 2012, is the first in the Consignment Shop Mystery series. Killer in Crinolines is scheduled May, 2013. In my other life I wrote romance as Dianne Castell and am a USA Today bestselling author.

Duffy Brown's Writing SpaceDuffy’s writing space… aka: The Pit.

I wish I could say that when asked to take a picture of my office for Wendy and No Wasted Ink, she caught me at a bad time. Truth be told when it comes to my office it’s always a bad time. There’s always a map taped to the wall. This time the map is Savannah. There are a lot of one way streets in Savannah, twenty-three squares that are mini parks, as many churches as bars and a ton of incredible Southern restaurants. I need a map to keep it all straight.

Then there’s my love of Sherlock. I’m a Sherlock dork. Have a Sherlock hat in my office for inspiration. Do you see his pipe, a Sherlock action figure (yeah, there really is such a thing)? I even have Sherlok as my license plate and named my cat Dr. Watson.

Then there’s the notes taped to the wall and promo on the floor. I got the cutest pens. They have the chalk outline of a dead guy on top. I have thousands of bookmarks to mail out, notepads, magnets, flyers, posters. At least there aren’t any dirty coffee cups and half-eaten doughnuts. Actually there would never be half-eaten doughnuts in my house anywhere! Doughnuts are one of my five food groups behind ice cream and before diet Coke.

I just gave my office another look-see. Did you see the discarded bra? Lordy, I forgot that was there.

Duffy Brown's Writing ToolMy Favorite Writing Tool is…paper and pencil.

It’s how I plot out a mystery. I get that big sheet of drawing paper you see on the floor, divide out twenty-one squares (one for each chapter) and start plugging in scenes. I do it outside to inside, meaning I know how the book starts and how it ends then plot a middle action, red herrings, clues, suspects, a few more dead bodes. I have a big eraser so I can change things around.

You wonder why I just don’t use sticky notes. Well one time I had the window open and a big breeze came along. I learned my lesson!

Duffy Brown
Berkley Prime Crime
Consignment: Murder series
-Iced Chiffon Oct, ’12
-Killer in Crinolines May ’13
DuffyBrown.com

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3 thoughts on “Writing Space: Duffy Brown”

  1. Hi, Wendy
    Thanks for having me.

    I’d like to say I cleaned up my office since sending you this picture…and I did…but now it’s trashed again. Seems like the map, notes, reference book whatever is always at the bottom of some pile.
    I envy those organized people and have sworn for years I’d get that way. I think it’s time to fess-up that it’s never going to happen.
    Any other messy office/desk people out there?

    Anyone wanting a packet of Iced Chiffon (my next cozy mystery book) goodies just email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com and I’ll send you stuff. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs
    Duffy

    1. It was a pleasure to have you as a guest blogger Duffy. Not to worry about your writing space…you should see mine! LOL I try and keep it clean, but since my writing space and my jeweler’s bench are in the same room, things tend to get a little messy in here too. 🙂 Creative minds are seldom tidy!

  2. If things are too neat objects can’t talk to each other. Writers need all the serendipitous connections they can come by. You never know what genius can spring from accidental juxtaposition. That’s my alibi, and I’m sticking to it. Thank you for a glimpse of your process.

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