Today I am pleased to welcome author, Andrew Norriss onto the blog, to tell us about where his ideas flow.
I work in what, when the house was built, was the dining room. It suits me very well. A four second commute from the kitchen and there I am.
When I started writing, in the 1970’s, my desk had a pad of lined paper, a bic biro and a 1940’s portable typewriter. It’s a bit more hi-tech these days…
I used to need lots of books in my workplace – dictionaries, thesauruses, reference tomes, atlases, rules of grammar, books of quotations – but you don’t need any of those when you have the internet.
I still like having books around though. There are some serious friends on these shelves.
Like all writers’ rooms, mine is filled with things that remind me of people I’ve met, places I’ve been, things I’ve managed to do…
My wife made these cushions for me, in celebration of a couple of TV series.
This photograph hangs above the printer and is from the first TV show I ever wrote, with my friend Richard Fegen. It was a sitcom called Chance in a Million and Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn played the leads. This was a still from the episode in the third series, where they got married.
The eagle came from the bonnet of a Lanchester that my father owned in the 1950’s. People often gave their cars names in those days, and he called it Aquila, which is Latin for ‘eagle’. I used the word as the title for my second book.
Occasionally, the business of writing feels a little over-cerebral, and messing about with a model boat gets me out of my head. This is H M Brig Supply. It took a year and a half to get this far. Still the yards and the rigging to go…
This picture sits above my desk and was bought several decades ago because it made me laugh. I’m not sure why. I don’t laugh at it these days. Mostly I find myself praying that someone knows where I’m supposed to be going…
Oh, and I’ve written a book. Jessica’s Ghost. My wife says it’s wonderful, and I would not dream of contradicting her.
Jessica’s Ghost is published by David Fickling Books in March 2015
Francis has never had a friend like Jessica before. She's the first person he's ever met who can make him feel completely himself. Jessica has never had a friend like Francis before. Not just because he's someone to laugh with every day - but because he's the first person who has ever been able to see her ...Jessica's Ghost is a funny, moving and beautiful book by a master storyteller, about the power of friendship to shine a warm light into dark places
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