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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Write Spot: Sydell Voeller

Welcome to The Write Spot, a bi-weekly author series spotlighting the many and varied places where writers write. It's my pleasure this week to welcome author Sydell Voeller.

Sydell is a Washington State native, but has lived in Oregon for over thirty-five years.  Her novels for teens and adults reflect her love for the Pacific Northwest’s ocean beaches, inlets and waterways, evergreen forests, and mountains.

When Sydell isn't writing, she enjoys camping, walking, amateur astronomy, reading, and playing scrabble. Formerly a registered nurse, Sydell now teaches writing correspondence courses sponsored by the Long Ridge Writer’s Institute. She is married with two grown sons, five adorable grandchildren, and two pampered cats.

Sydell Voeller's Write Spot

Thanks for sharing your Write Spot, Sydell. Love the cat clock! Please tell us what makes this the "Write Spot" for you.

I like to write in my own little corner of my world where I am apart from distractions and other interruptions. (Like a retired husband! LOL)

Other than your computer or laptop, what's the one thing you couldn't be without in your 'Write Spot'?

I absolutely couldn't do without my two cats, who often help as my "office assistants." They sleep on the cat ledge in the window, or in a little carpeted cubbyhole near the back of my desk. 

The youngest kitty loves to watch the sheets of paper coming through the opening in the printer whenever I'm in the process of printing.

They're both so sweet. I have a "helper" cat, too. Sometimes he's not as helpful as he thinks he is. (But we love them anyway.) 

What are you working on now?

I'm working on another sweet, contemporary romance.  The working title is Echoes of Time.

I'll watch for it. Thanks for being my guest for this sixth edition of The Write Spot, Sydell. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

I love to connect with readers. Visit me at my web site and at the following spots online:

Sydell's young adult romance, Love on a High Wire, is available now. 

Marcie's attraction to Ivan sparked the very moment they met. But they lived in totally different worlds. She was a local high school student leading an everyday life and working after school for the local veterinarian. He was a dashing trapeze artist traveling with his circus family, and he would soon be back on tour.

Was it only a fleeting romance? A romance that would vanish the moment Ivan left town? Had he fallen for her, or would he always remain an elusive dream?

Buy the book.

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About The Write Spot:
I've always been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Whether it's backstage photos from my favourite play, a peek into the kitchen where a chef is working her culinary magic, or simply a glimpse through an uncurtained window into a stranger's private world, there's an undeniable thrill of discovery, a sense of secrets shared. It's no surprise, then, that I'm immensely curious about where other writers do their work. I've blogged about it before in this post about my own 'write spot' and so enjoyed the comments, I was inspired to launch a regular feature here at stillpoint. Watch for The Write Spot every other Wednesday and join me as I discover the many and varied places where writers write.

stillpoint is the blog of Canadian author Cheryl Cooke Harrington.

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At 7:46 am, Blogger Carol Hutchens said...

Love the cats and your office, Sydell. Good luck with the book!

At 9:04 am, Blogger Karen McCullough said...

Looks like a great spot for writing. And the cats are darling! I'm sure there a great help.

At 10:35 am, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Call and Karen, thanks for stopping by! Yes, my cats are great helpers indeed.

At 10:49 am, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Cheryl, thank you so much for hosting me. It's been fun!

At 11:29 am, Blogger Ann Herrick said...

Your writing spot is so neat and tidy! Love the picture of the cats--they really are "helpers," aren't they? :)

At 12:07 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Thanks, Ann. Yes, our cats are great office managers, aren't they?

At 12:09 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Carol, thanks for your encouragement! I wish you the best with your books as well.

At 12:39 pm, Blogger Heidi said...

Your spot is so organized and tidy--yet everything is right there when you need it. I think I need me a bigger writing spot.

At 12:43 pm, Blogger A.M. Westerling said...

Lovely writing space, Sydell, and how nice you have (cat) company! :)

At 2:45 pm, Blogger Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting, Sydell, it was a pleasure to meet you and your kitty crew!

At 3:32 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

A.M., I appreciate your stopping by. Yes, my cats are a joy in my life, and they love my office.

At 3:34 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Heidi, I have to admit, I tidied up the office a bit for the photo! Basically, I'm rather disorganized--but thanks, anyway, for your kind words.

At 6:16 pm, Blogger Joanne Guidoccio said...

Hi Sydel, Organized and inspired by lovely assistants...a dynamic combination! Best of luck with all your literary endeavors. Joanne :)

At 8:05 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Thanks, Joanne. I appreciate your good wishes and your taking time to visit the blog.

At 11:48 pm, Blogger Tricia McGill said...

Your writing spot looks a lot tidier than mine I must say. I have two dogs who are my constant companions. I can't say they offer much help but are always only one step away. The good thing about having pets close by is that they don't answer back do they.

At 7:35 am, Blogger J Q Rose said...

The light in your Write Spot is perfect for inspiring your stories. The room looks like a comfy, happy place for you to work. Best wishes on your next book.

At 8:22 am, Blogger Cheryl said...

Many thanks to everyone who's taken time to visit, read, and comment. It's been great fun seeing Sydell's Write Spot and meeting her two feline helpers.

To Tricia M. - you should meet my cat Sam, he always talks back. In fact, he's the boss around here! LOL

At 10:55 am, Blogger vicki batman said...

Hi, Sydell! I think I'm a tad late and I apologize. But I did send off two works yesterday. :) Your desk looks so neat and tidy. I'm jealous. Practicing banishing the inbox right now. And I love the kitties. Your brown tabby resembles mine who passed. Congratulations on the new book and keep up your good work. Many hugs!

At 11:54 am, Blogger Janet Walters said...

Enjoyed the post. Love cats. All I have right now is a picture of my last one Robespierre, a Maine Coon Cat

At 12:58 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Tricia, you're so right--our pets don't answer back, but sometimes I wish they would!

At 1:06 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

J.Q., thanks for you compliments regarding my office. Yes, it is comfy and cozy. Through the window I love looking at the huge maple across the street, especially this time of year when the leaves turn color. Maybe that's more of a distraction than helpful, however. LOL

At 1:11 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Vicki, thanks for stopping by. Congratulations on getting two pieces out yesterday. That's really what should be our priority, right? I'm sorry about your brown tabby. It's so difficult to say goodbye to our beloved felines. My tabby is about 5, so hopefully she'll be around for a while.
Hugs back to you!

At 1:14 pm, Blogger Sydell Voeller said...

Janet, it's good to hear from you. Thanks for the comment. I bet your Maine Coon kitty is beautiful!

At 5:42 pm, Anonymous Susan McNicoll said...

Oh Sylvia I love the cats in your Write Spot. Have my own cat muse who likes to walk across the computer as I try to type. As he is an 18 lb Maine Coon you can imagine this is not easy. I do hope your Love on a High Wire takes you to great heights.

At 8:59 pm, Blogger Sheila Seabrook said...

Gorgeous writing space, Sydell. I love how close you are to your bookshelf!


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