Heather Smith Meloche is a Pushcart-nominated poet and writer whose work has appeared in Spider, Poet Hunger X, Open Minds Quarterly, and Young Adult Review Network (YARN). She has placed twice in the children’s/YA category of the Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition and won first place for Hunger Mountain’s Katherine Paterson Prize in 2011 for a short story in verse. Penguin Putnam released her debut novel, Ripple, a contemporary young adult novel, in September 2016. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two boys.
My main workspace, my study, is a nightmare for most people who walk in. I’d say it’s way too messy for public viewing, but I totally own that I’m a slob and tend to organize in piles. I weirdly know where to find something by which strata the object is within a pile.
If I find with the right earplugs, I can write anywhere. It’s like a Dr. Seuss story — “Oh, The Places I Write.” In the car. In a bar. On the rocks. Without socks. I’ve learned to write wherever life drags me to get the story done.
I always have coffee very close by when I write, and when the hours at my computer are getting longer, chocolate is a necessary reinforcement. But my most common writing staples are my Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, Blitzen, and my super mutt mix, Ridley, who has dutifully lain next to me for thousands of pages of writing while I talk to them, talk to myself, and talk to my characters. They never judge.😉