the nightstand: Usually, a cat named Abigail, blocking light from the lamp in a most irksome manner. I read 8-10 books at any given time (lots of non-fiction, and some fiction), and switch from one to another, until one captures my full attention.
drink while you write: If I'm feeling flush, an iced decaf latte from Starbucks with 4 shots. If not, a homemade latte - which is still good, if slightly less strong. (French press, freshly ground coffee, heated milk - I can make it last for quite a few hours of work-time.)
bookstore: The Strand, in New York City
library: The most impressive library around is the Library of Congress, I would say. I used to spend a lot of time in the Reading Room at the main branch of the New York Public Library, but the convenience of the Internet means I don't go there as often as I once did, which is a shame. When I lived in Boston, I used to like hanging out in the garden area at the Boston Public Library - which is about as much nature as I can handle at a given moment.
Pets: Wacky cats (including a crippled, neurologically impaired diabetic cat with no tail named Florence - oy!), and a fine black setter mix named Maggie
to write: I am very boring and work at a desk, but I also like writing by hand in a small notebook when I'm on the subway or Amtrak. My handwriting is terrible, and I can't always read it later, which is frustrating.
Inspiration: When the Red Sox win, Life is Good.
Dream book tour: Bookstores located next to ski resorts or baseball stadiums would be ideal.
Writer buddies: I know very few writers, actually, but R.L. Stine, Nancy Krulik, Daphne Grab, and Nocila Griffith are among them.
Cure for writer's block: I lie down a lot.
outfit: Unfortunately, I dress like an aging jock/college student. It's quite pathetic. I never go anywhere - even at night, as a rule - without sunglasses.
Long-hand or laptop? Longhand and desktop. I prefer longhand, but time is often an issue.
or Uggs? Lange ski boots
up: Not a clue. Probably a sequel to my adult mystery, and maybe a spin-off from Long May She Reign.
Probably Anne Tyler.
Website: www.ellenemersonwhite.com + MySpace + Facebook
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