In our third installment of Authors at Work, Cindy Arora, author of Heartbreak Cake, “Christmas at Mulberry Inn” (featured in Merry & Bright), and “Cake Therapy” (featured in Petit Four), shares with us her cozy and inspiring writing nook.
My Writing Nook
by Cindy Arora
For years I did most of my writing in coffee houses, I loved the ambience, great coffee and people watching. But let’s be honest, when it comes to writing – distraction is an all too common bedfellow and hanging out in coffee houses meant I didn’t get any actual writing done. So, I gave up my laptop and created a writing nook in my apartment, that is a bit less exciting, but still comfortable.
I happen to have a great window that looks out onto a big tree and my desk gets dapples of sunshine in the early morning, which is pretty cozy. I have created a playlist on Spotify that I use for writing and coffee in my house is revered, so I’ve got the best ‘joe’ in town.
When I started putting together my nook, I knew that one thing I wanted to create is a collection of photos from different parts California of where I’ve lived and that were taken by photographers I had the privilege to meet through my years as a journalist.
This is the photo gallery I ended up putting together. I still have a few more photographs I am looking for, but right now this is a source of inspiration for me.
- Barn and Rainbow: Photo by Clifford Oto
- The OC Surf: Photo by Tara Simon
- Joshua Tree at Night: Photo by Raul Roa
- Starry Night in Tahoe: Photo by Gabe Teague
Cindy Arora was a staff writer at The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register and Sacramento Magazine. She’s been published in Saveur, Tasting Table, Orange Coast Magazine and Fodor’s. She’s also mama to an adorable little boy, a feminist, a whiskey enthusiast, and proud to call herself a Chick Lit author. Heartbreak Cake is her debut novel. To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website
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