In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!
These days, I do a lot of my writing at my local Barnes and Noble. Coffee is easily accessible, I am surrounded by books, and it requires me to get dressed and deal with the day like a grown person. And it works well with my preference to write to music. It’s February as I’m writing this, so the piped-in music is generic multi-generational pop instead of the seasonal weirdness they played in December. But I’m not noodling to the generic multi-generational pop—I’m under my headphones, blasting ATB’s “Two Worlds,” from 2000. Sixteen years old. Ancient! Everybody knows trance music died after 2009, so get off my lawn, you damn kids.