#AuthorsInSpace: Cara Bristol’s functional writing office…#scifirom

I had another author’s post scheduled for today, but it fell through, so you get me.

What is most special to me about my office is that it is mine, all mine, only mine and is devoted to my writing and nothing else. My husband I shared an office and computer until we built our current house in 2012. This only child needed a room of her own!

The space very much reflects me and who I am. I’m a pragmatic person, so my office is very functional. I don’t like to clutter it up with a lot of personal items–I need room to spread out and work. (When I worked in the corporate sector, my offices were the same. Other than a coffee cup, I never brought personal stuff to work). I like mission style furniture because of its simple lines. My L-shaped mission style desk was my first major purchase from  book royalties and represented the turning point in my writing career–I had started making money!

I don’t have an accumulated mess on my desk, but by the end of each day, everything I’ve worked on is spread out (this isn’t as bad as it usually looks. When I planned to take a “messy” photo, I found that I was being much neater. Lol).

I have a nice window overlooking our front yard and the street, but that means I do get distracted by squirrels (bottom right of photo). I sometimes see deer and rabbits also.

Or maybe the squirrels have a view of me.

My cat’s scratch post is adjacent to my desk so she can supervise, but sometimes she can be a bit of a micromanager.

The few personal items I do have are corralled on my grandmother’s table in the corner. We have a lot of limestone in our area, and I found the “heart rock” in our yard. The shell is a holdover from our ocean-themed family room when we lived on an island. The cactus–“Little Cara”–was a gift from my husband who may have been insinuating I was “prickly.” I bought the mug at a writer’s conference auction. The flower petals are pages from a book, and I liked the sentiment printed on the mug, “We create our tomorrows by what we do today.”

My bio

Cara Bristol writes character driven science fiction romance with humor, heart, and heat. She loves introducing new readers to science fiction romance and likes to say she writes sci-fi for readers who don’t like sci-fi. She’s been a number one best seller in multiple categories on Amazon and has hit the USA Today bestseller list twice!  She has three science fiction romance series: the action-packed Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series; the dark, intense Breeder series;  and the new  light and funny Alien Mate series.  When she’s not writing (ha ha ha – she’s almost always writing) she enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and chillaxin’ with her favorite reality TV shows. Cara lives in Missouri with her own alpha hero, her husband.

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter @CaraBristol

Hunted by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance 6)

Billionaire Carter Aymes, director of Cyber Operations, a covert cyborg force, devotes his wealth and life to saving others, rescuing hostages and other victims from desperate situations. His ultimate mission is to hunt down and eliminate Lamani, the alien terrorist mastermind, before he conquers the galaxy.

When Carter hires Beth O’Shea, a vulnerable but courageous woman with connections to his past, their attraction is immediate and strong, but he knows getting involved with her is a bad idea. He’s her boss, and he has way too many classified projects to protect to risk letting someone get close.

Rejected by the progenitors who cloned her, Beth is determined to live a normal human life, beginning by getting an ordinary job with a security firm. But, from the start, she questions the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the organization. She can’t help but wonder about the tall, muscled, larger-than-life director who gave her a chance when she desperately needed one. Could he ever be romantically interested in a woman like her, in a clone?

When Beth is attacked, they both realize how short and tenuous life is, and their mutual attractions becomes to powerful too resist.

As their relationship heats up, so does the urgency to capture Lamani before he can unleash a stealth weapon at a critical planetary Summit meeting. With time running out, Carter discovers that stopping Lamani may require sacrificing Beth’s life.

Will Carter be able to rescue her, or will his new love be the one person he can’t save?

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Hey! I was only the pinch hitter! See other author offices here:

Tasha Black M.K. EidemSusan Grant | Laurie Green | A.M. Griffin |  Michelle HowardPauline Baird Jones | Eve Langlais |  Alexis Glynn Latner | Sue Lyndon |  Charmaine Pauls|  Sabine Priestley |  Veronica ScottJessica Subject | S.E. “Susan” SmithCarol Van Natta | Anna Zaires

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14 Responses to #AuthorsInSpace: Cara Bristol’s functional writing office…#scifirom

  1. Susan says:

    I love that I’m not the only one seeing squirrels while trying to write. Fabulous article, Cara.

  2. I was never one for personal items or photos in my corp office. It’s work not home lol. Being tied to a desk to work for almost 20 yrs was a hard habit to break but I never got comfortable writing like that. I’m more a slouch and lounge while I write It was nice seeing your space which is super clean. The squirrels seem to be watching you!! Best photo bomb with him by the window

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Using a desk is a hard habit to break — which I haven’t. I need my work “stuff” (reference books, notebooks, pens) accessible. I use my laptop as a desktop computer, and it sits on my desk. I have it on a riser so it’s eye level, and I use a remote mouse and a keyboard so I have the desktop feel.

  3. 1 love that you’re so organized. Hopefully I will be too when the rest of my furniture gets to my Oklahoma office. This is such a fun series. Thanks for always being an inspiration.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      You’re welcome. My organization is a facade. Lol. I haven’t yet trained myself to put things away immediately after using them, so I am constantly tidying up after myself. At the end of the day, my desk looks like a tornado came through!

  4. Beth Carter says:

    What a tidy, big space! I actually have my own office upstairs which even has a private bathroom and living area. However, I haven’t used it in two years! Now, it’s more of a warehouse for books, swag, and gifts for 11 grands, which saddens me. Also, my desktop is an ’03 model. Don’t ask me why I haven’t gotten a new one. Lazy.

    So…I either write at our breakfast table or at Starbucks using my portable laptop! Fun post.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Wherever the words will flow is where you should write.

      2003 is ancient! No sense using your desktop now–or replacing it. You really only need one computer–although I’m considering getting a Mac so I can get Vellum and format my own books. But I’m still in the consideration phase. Macs are expensive.

  5. Love the views of your office. Although I share a house with my Dad, I have an ‘apartment’ of my own, which means my own space, which is essential to me. I used to have my desk facing the window, but the garden view (and yes, squirrels too!) was so enticing, I found myself gazing out of the window instead of at the screen. So now my desk is against the wall, with my back to the window. But I make time in the day to look at the view as well. I shall picture you at your desk when I read your future posts. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thank you, Rachel.

      I’m glad you have a space of your own. You need it.

      I do enjoy the view. I had three jobs in a row where my office was located in a windowless part of the building. In the winter time, I never saw sun. I went to work when it was dark, and when I left it was dark again.

      My cat also keeps watch out the window. When she sees the big brown UPS truck pull up on the street, she takes off because she know it means a stranger will ring the doorbell. She doesn’t do that with any other vehicle, just UPS.
      (She has no interest in squirrels).

  6. So tidy and neat, and room with a view, too.

    I especially love the saying on the mug and the flowers made out of book pages. How perfect is that!

  7. I love this series of office pictures you have going. I love seeing the slice of author’s private working areas. Like you, when we moved to this house in 2010 (before I was publishing) I insisted on having my own office after sharing with my hubby for years. It was the best decision! Unlike you, however, I am surrounded by inspirational and personal things that bring me comfort in my little slice of heaven. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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