My Writing Room – by Caroline Vermalle
It took me 5 years and 7 novels to finally have what I can call « my writing room ».
Before that, I was writing pretty much everywhere, from the kitchen table to my bed to the nearby café. I travelled 8 months with my family while finishing a book : I remember writing on a toilet seat on a farm of 15 000 sheep in New Zealand, in a park during a (very loud) national holiday celebration in Bali, in a car where it was so hot I was afraid my computer would melt. Usually I just need to put headphones on and the world disappears.
Now we have just finished building a contemporary house in a forest, half a mile from the beach in Vendée, France. My office is on a large mezzanine over the double-height main room – so I’m hidden from everyone yet it feels I’m right in the middle of our family home. The mezzanine overlooks very large windows filled with beautiful tall, pine trees – but visitors to my writing room are rather puzzled that I turn my back to them.
Instead, I face a floor-to-ceiling library, with all the books I use for research and inspiration, all my favourite novels and story-filled objects I brought back from my travels. It’s the kind of library I always fantasized about, it sums up what I love about the path I chose ; looking at it makes me happy. A great state to be in when one writes.
My library seems to make my black cat happy too : he sleeps in one of its niches. I’ve emptied a shelf just for him, but he prefers hiding behind books – so inevitably, they all drop on the floor.
But it’s ok. We work well together.
Caroline Vermalle was born in 1973 in French Picardie. After her studies in Film Studies she made a documentary for the BBC. She returned to France in 2007 and published her first novel a year later. The novel earned prizes such as the Prix Chronos de littérature 2011 and the Nouveau talent 2009.Mehr Infos