I’m Mary Robinette Kowal’s guest today on “My Favorite Bit,” talking about my latest novel Die and Stay Dead. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what your favorite bit is of something you wrote — it’s always easier to find the things you wish you could have done better or differently — but for this one I knew right away. I’m delighted that I got to talk about not just my novel, but also one of my favorite places in New York City. Here’s a snippet, which ties into my favorite scene in the novel:
Back in 2011, I started doing my daily writing at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue (you know, the one from Ghostbusters). Before then, I had worked from home for years. Generally, working from home had never been a problem. I was pretty disciplined and almost always reached my word count goal. But over time, that changed. Working from home became unexpectedly difficult. All of a sudden I was too easily distracted by the dishes in the sink, the cats who wanted attention, that show I’d been binge-watching on Netflix. When you get in a rut the best thing you can do is shake up your routine, so I figured a change of scenery was what I needed. The New York Public Library was the perfect choice for my new “office.”
Check out the rest at Mary Robinette Kowal’s website. And if you haven’t ordered your copy of Die and Stay Dead yet, why not do it now? It makes a great holiday gift, too!