Welcome to another installment of TNBBC's Where Writers Write!
Where Writers Write is a series that features authors as they showcase their writing spaces using short form essay, photos, and/or video. As a lover of books and all of the hard work that goes into creating them, I thought it would be fun to see where the authors roll up their sleeves and make the magic happen.
This is Tabitha. Tabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today.
She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.
On Writing, Tabitha says,"I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well."
Where Tabitha Vohn Writes
Welcome to my favorite room! On summer days and snow days (perks of being a teacher), this is my favorite place to be. I'm ridiculously sentimental and love being surrounded by things that remind me of the people I love. So here's a little tour:
The three pieces hanging above my "editing" couch were all created by former students. The middle portrait was my inspiration for my upcoming novel, A Different Path. Depending on whether I continue to self-publish or am fortunate enough to land a small press publisher, I want her to be my cover art. The cover is already done, in fact; I suppose whether or not I am able to use it is to be determined. The quilt was handmade by my father-in-law's late, adopted mother. I have so many quilts packed away. One day, I hope to have a house big enough to use more of them.
Above my desk is my little collage of postcards, cover art, vacation pics, and pics of the most important women in my life: my mom, aunt, and sister-in-law. On my desk is a little figurine I brought back from Germany this past summer. I was so bummed when I got to the Black Forest and couldn't find a single fairy tale souvenir (apparently, Germans are over the whole Grimm Brothers thing). The figurine is of the Loreley, a Siren legend that comes from the Rhine River about a dangerous, rocky passage that was notorious for wrecking trade ships. It was as close to a fairy tale as I could get.
On the opposite side of my little room is a third of my book collection. I have a bookshelf in the living room and two closet shelves that were in the process of buckling under all the weight, so my hubby was sweet enough to bring this giant home to me. Behind the shelf hangs another piece of student art and next to the door is a stencil that my aunt gave me for Christmas. She always signs her emails to me, "love you to the moon and back". The red vase is also from her and-I believe-was handmade in Vietnam.
My Earthbound Trading Company tapestry. It's awesome! I visited a store in Gatlinburg a few summers ago and was hooked. My brother and sister-in-law were nice enough to procure this tapestry for me on a trip to Portland, Maine to visit my aunt, back before Earthbound offered online shopping and the closest store (to me) was a three+ hour drive to Pittsburg. So it's special. Beside it are an early painting my brother did of one of the ponds at my granddad's and a portrait by a very talented student of mine, who allowed me to use this gorgeous, tortured guy as the new cover for a Gothic novella I wrote a few summers back.
So this is my sunny, happy place where I'm immersed in beauty and creativity. Thanks for letting me share my writing room with you!