Literary Space – Caroline Petit

Caroline Petit says:

My room is on the downstairs floor of our two-story flat in what was the old Holeproof Bathing Suit Factory. The hardwood floors are very scarred from the trolleys used to cart around the garments. I like the idea that people once worked where I sit. Just outside the door in the large hallway area, I had bookshelves built. It is wonderful to have a library so close at hand.

The old photographs on the wall are people from both sides of my family: one set of grandparents lived in India – he was a colonel in the Indian Army – and the other Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants to New York in the rag trade and later ran booze during prohibition. I like the contrast and the knowledge that they are watching me write.

The Chinese posters made during the 1920s and 1930s, I bought in Hong Kong. I like the detail on the dresses and the furniture. My two novels – literary thrillers – take place in the 1930s and 1940s in Hong Kong, Manchuria and Macau so I use them rather like props.

I keep the blinds half-closed so I’m not distracted by the Brunswick life outside my window. My Mac is wonderful; my desk is functional.  Once I read about a writer who when he had a best seller used his earnings to buy a beautiful desk. This is my fantasy, the desk, more than the best seller.

I usually start writing about 9:30 and hang on until about 2:00 pm. The large chair, a castoff, is for curling up and reading in. The room has its own heating unit so it is cosy. I like the comforting disorder in the room, but my mind is always clear.

Right now I’m working on a couple of short stories and a novel that takes place in early Melbourne.

Upcoming in this series: Paul Morgan and Damon Young. If you’re a writer, feel free to email me something, see ‘About Angela’ for contacts.

3 thoughts on “Literary Space – Caroline Petit

  1. Very sexy. I feel embarrassed that although I have a seperate (tiny) office, I’ve found that my most productive place to write is on the couch, with the computer on the coffee table and the keyboard in my lap. Seems so slothful, and yet I get so much done!

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