My office is a blue recliner. I look out the window and I see the ocean. It’s a good setup. I generally work from about 7:30 am to 6 pm, with small breaks throughout. Around noon, I walk down the side of the cliff to water level—and back up, to get the heart beating. In the afternoons, I go the post office to get the mail, as it’s rural enough here that there’s no delivery. It’s meditative and it works.
My writing method is re-writing, to some degree. It’s rarely right the first time, though it happens. Dialogue and action are different. I can hear the characters speak, which seems to be true for many writers. So you end up taking dictation, or channeling. And action--well, I can see it happening, so that comes to describing it as vividly as possible.
I keep myself interested and that usually means that the reader will also be interested.
I tend to base my stories, fiction and nonfiction, on a lot of research, mostly culled from nonfiction history and memoirs, and transcripts, though the Internet is a great tool for the odd detail or photograph. For All Up, one or two tidbits were communicated directly to me.