There is a powerful aura of creative energy that surrounds Michael Swanwick. I can tell you this with absolute certainty, because I've felt it.

Some time in late 2008 I got invited to a party at his house, mostly or entirely, I suspect, because he mistook me for someone else. While there I asked if I could see his Hugos, since I knew he had five of them. "Of course!" he said, jovially, and lead me up to his office. This I thought in stunned wonder as my eyes crept across the expanse of it, is a place of great significance and it needs to be seen. It was like I'd cracked open his skull and seen the gears of genius. The best way I can describe it is as a nest, made out of books, as intricate and well assembled as a Nevelson sculpture. I asked him if I could stop back and photograph it. 'Of course,' he said, 'but not before I clean it up.' I begged him not to but he replied 'You can't stop me from doing it, nor will you be able to tell that I have.'

I spend a lot of time thinking about people's
environments -- the places they build around themselves, the things they choose to live with. Is there a connection, I started to wonder if there was a connection between the places that writers work and their work itself.

Why not find out?

The Where I Write collection features Neil Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold, George R. R. Martin, John Carpenter and many others along with interviews about their spaces.

Interested Editors/Publishers, please contact:

Meg Thompson
Thompson Literary Agency
115 West 29th St, Third Floor
New York, NY 10001


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