A Room Of Her Own – The Writing Space of Julie Kibler

Today’s post by this month’s featured author, Julie Kibler | @JulieKibler

My writing space? A room of my own?

Ha. It’s more like one side of the kitchen table, where I plant myself during the day, removing my computer when it’s time to eat dinner. It’s more like a corner of the family room sectional, where I spend late evenings pounding words out on the keyboard when everyone else is asleep (see my night owl post!).

It’s not that there isn’t room in my house for me to have an office, exactly. My children are leaving the nest, one by one, the youngest here only a few more years. But if I appropriated the mostly vacant room upstairs, my freshman college student daughter might feel we’d already banished her from home, and none of us are ready for that.

I suppose I could climb the same stairs each day and sit at the desk in the loft where my husband pays bills, and where I might have stored some office supplies several years back.   But then, I’d have to run back down again each time my sweetly obnoxious rescue dogs need to go outside. And again when they need to come back in. And again when the doorbell rings when the UPS guy shows up with an unexpected delivery. And again each time I want a snack or need to refill my drink. And again when … well, you get the picture.

Apparently, I’m just too lazy to have a room of my own.

However, it dawns on me, I do most of my writing when I’m nowhere near this place I call home.

As I ride in an elevated train on a vacation in Chicago.

As I chat with a classroom of at-risk kids while talking about my newly released novel in Denver.

As I make a chauffeur run to pick up my daughter and listen to my dad on speakerphone, telling me the details of another family story.

When my hairstylist pumps the chair up to the level of her hands and fastens a cape around my neck (not too tight, like Isabelle in Calling Me Home), chuckling with me about an older client she just finished styling.

When my kids walk aisles toward brides, and diplomas, and sing on a stage at school.

As I observe a young mother struggle with a decision outside the café where I’m drinking iced tea.

It’s in these places my stories are written. My home is simply the place they’re transcribed.

But here’s a picture of my kitchen table, with one of my foster kitties a few years ago, keeping me company there.

And one of those ornery dogs, trying to convince me a walk would be a better use of my time than writing.

And my newest companion, trying to read over my shoulder on that scroungy sectional late, late at night.


About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS (2014), FLIGHT OF DREAMS (2016), and I WAS ANASTASIA (2018). Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections. She is the co-founder of SheReads.org and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.


6 Responses to A Room Of Her Own – The Writing Space of Julie Kibler

  1. Julia Fierro February 28, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful post. So insightful.

  2. Lori P February 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Exactly where I do my writing as well. Love the pics of your pets! I have serious dog fever…

  3. Katherine Jones February 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Makes me like you even more, Julie! Love all those critters spilling around your feet and over your shoulder.

  4. Kathy February 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    I do enjoy the company of my kitties when I am working on my novel. It gives me a sense of having a “muse” that keeps me grounded to enjoy what I am doing. If this work ever gets published, it would be thrilling but more importantly, it is the effort and the learning that makes this a great project.

  5. Julie Kibler February 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    My animals calm me and drive me nuts all at once. 🙂 I also think they keep me in a routine, which is probably good. Thanks for reading!

  6. V. Mansoori January 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Julie,
    Thank you for coming to our book club meeting last Friday at Ursuline. You were awesome. I loved your book, Calling me Home, so much. I’m recommending it to everyone. Keep on writing and I will keep on reading.

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