A Writer’s Life by Alyssa Alexander

It’s glamorous and muddy, glorious and confusing. My office might look like this:

Or it might look like this:

Receiving my own books in the mail is always a stunning surprise and an adventure.

It never, never, never gets old.

Sometimes I sleep for 6 hours. Sometimes I sleep for 12 hours. I still get up and make lunches and go to my day job.

I still grocery shop and buy clothes that looked good in the dressing room but awful when I got home.

Bathing suit shopping makes me scream in frustration.

Most of the time I can’t find my phone or my wallet or my shoes. My house is in shambles.

I talk to myself in the shower, and sometimes I borrow my boy-child’s shower crayons.


Sometimes my strange Scatter-Cat gets in the tub. Silly cat.


Occasionally my muse (who I have recently named Alejandro, and who looks like this lovely gentleman) is stubborn, but sometimes he gifts me with a flash of brilliance.

Model Marlon Teixeira Repped, to my knowledge, by Wilhelmina Models


But I still forget laundry in the washer for two days. My house looks like Armageddon.

(Too bad Ben isn’t there… except I’d have to fight Liz and I’d lose!)

Random Pinterest Post


In short, us writers are crazy, bonkers, inspired, creative, loving, irritating and generally NORMAL.

Except that we hear voices in our heads.

Don’t hold that against us.

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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.” You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at alyssa@alyssa-alexander.com.

10 Responses

  1. Lorelei

    Lol! Thanks for letting us get a glimpse into your amazing crazy creative inspiring life as a writer! ☺️❤️

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I was vaguely frightened of showing everyone how terrifyingly messy my office is, but hey. I work in chaos. What can I say?… Always a pleasure to “see” you Lorelei!

  2. Barbara Monajem

    Hmm… I may have to get some of those shower crayons. 😉

  3. Lucy Kubash

    Love this post! Lately, my “office” has been my recliner with laptop on my knees. My real office subs as a store room/ bedroom when we family comes home/playroom/nap room for cats and dogs. But sometimes, I actually sit at the desk and write. And where would we be without those voices in our heads?

  4. Patricia Kiyono

    When I taught full-time, I was always chastised for my messy desk. I finally found and displayed a poster stating, “A clean desk is a sign of an empty mind.” I firmly believe the same holds true for a clean house. And I’m with Barbara – I want some of those shower crayons.

    • Alyssa Alexander

      The shower crayons are awesome. Target! Not even that expensive. I also have little tablets that turn the bathwater different colors if you’re into bubble baths. 🙂

      And I agreed, a clean desk is TOTALLY the sign of an empty mind! LOL