The Place I Write About: How Obama’s Cuba Policy Shook Up My Novel

Friday, September 25, 2015

One of the big challenges of being a political writer of controversial topics is that the political foundation for your work-in-progress can suddenly shift. When legislative or policy changes happen—even positive ones—it can rock your fictional world. For example: I write sex worker characters who struggle against the legal barriers to making a living. I agree with many activists that consensual adult sex work should be decriminalized. However, if decriminalization…


My writing cave…

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I have a home office where I used to work 60+ hour weeks. It all felt very important. When I quit to pursue writing, the room still carried a serious air. I associated it with conference calls and stack ranking people and complicated financial models, destroying any hope of creative productivity. Enter my own version of feng shui. First, I painted inspiring quotations along the main wall.           …


The Room My Father Built

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

When I was a little girl, my favorite room in our house was my father’s library.  We lived in a typical 1960s suburban subdivision, where every third house had the same floor plan, but my father had taken our dining room for his own.  He was a lawyer by day, but a craftsman by night, and he lined its walls with shelves that he filled with a literary treasure trove….


Have Pen, Will Write: My Writing Spaces

writing nook
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Writing for me happens just about anywhere. I have a notebook in my purse and I’ve been known to jot thoughts down while waiting for kid activities to end or in the bathroom of a party when an idea comes up (because folks don’t appreciate it when you whip out paper in the middle of a conversation and say, “Wait! I’m going to use what you just told me for…


Where I Write

Monday, September 21, 2015

Early in my writing life, I used to be precious about where and when I would write. It had to be the right environment–silent and clean, someplace that smelled good and where I could work uninterrupted, and then only when I had at least 3-4 hours of time. Then I entered into a year-long revision workshop for novelists. During that year I worked full-time (actually working more hours than I…


On Writing: Here, There, and Everywhere.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If I were creating a dream office to write my bestseller in it would have five things: an antique wooden desk, with a great history; a ghost chair that was just uncomfortable enough to make sure I sat up straight and kept my feet on the floor, a huge window to let in light and breeze, a bookshelf full of my favorite books (color coded, of course), and an espresso…


Deb Kerry Writes Between

Oooh, looks like I’m the first new Deb on the dance floor. I’m feeling a little self conscious all decked out in pearls and this shiny new tiara, but I’m so thrilled and excited to be here. I had hoped to put my best foot forward and show you all of my star quality dance moves right up front, but alas, it is not to be. The band is playing a…

Monday, September 3, 2012