Where I spend my time

» Posted on Nov 14, 2009 in Blog | 4 comments

When I set up my office years ago, I put a lot of thought into its layout and furniture. I wanted something that inspired me and was comfortable. After all, I was going to spend hours and hours in that room. I spend more time in my office than any room in my house—even my bedroom. Okay, that may read that I’m a workaholic and I probably am but I have everything I need at my fingertips.

My office walls are painted hot pink with white trim. I didn’t know how I was going to like hot pink and thought if it didn’t work out I could paint over it. But I love the walls. I find the color is invigorating, and I haven’t grown tired of the hot pink yet. In fact, the color has grown on me.

Over the years I began collecting flamingoes. I love animals and flamingoes are hot pink. What better accent than that in my office! Now I have so many—from a giant six-foot stuffed flamingo to a Christmas tree with mostly flamingo ornaments on it. The tree is up year round. And if my cats leave the tree alone, the ornaments stay on it.

When I published my first book in 1981, my husband starting framing my books to hang on the wall. Now I have over sixty on the walls in my office. When I get discouraged, I can look at what I’ve accomplished in almost thirty years in the business.

My office is my getaway where I can go to dream up stories to entertain readers. I usually read books for pleasure even in my office. I have a couch that is quite comfortable. I have been known to fall asleep on it.


  1. that is a cool room 🙂

    I like the stuffed flamingoe, but i just like stuffed animals esp "Donkeys" 🙂

    is that a pic of one of your gandbabys? on your pc?

  2. What a cool idea for artwork for your walls! I'm guessing that one of the reasons the hot pink isn't overpowering is that you've had so many books published that great swaths of the walls don't show! 😉

    I painted mine a bright, clear yellow. It had to work with the rest of the house decor at least a bit, and I got fixated on a clear color so it would induce clear thoughts instead of muddy ones!

  3. what a HOT PINK room ha ha
    I believe you like pink, so do I


  4. That is a great room.

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