Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Book Corner | Helena Sheffield

I'm delighted to be joined this week by the one and only Helena Sheffield telling us about her book/writing corner. 
Many of you will know Helena for her fabulous emails from her main job as Avon's Digital Marketing Manager and for her love of hats!

Helena, thank you for joining me today - can you tell us about your Book Corner/Writing Space?

My bedroom is in the attic space of a third story flat, so there was serious potential for reading spaces when I moved in. In fact, it was pretty much the first thing I arranged. My reading corner has a bean bag and plenty of cushions, along with THE furriest, warmest blanket I’ve ever possessed. It’s also got a red Turkish lantern and some purple and silver tea light holders to keep it feeling toasty when it’s winter, and my sister once gave me a log which she artfully wrapped in fairy lights and painted with glitter. It’s clear she was short on money at the time… The defining feature, though, is the tapestry that I’ve hung from the eaves of my room, which drapes across the reading corner to make it feel like a den. Once I get in there, the chances of me leaving are pretty minimal. I can really only be lured out by hats or Nutella.

Do you have a favourite shelf/collection of books? Or favourite part of your Book Corner?

I used to work in a library, so I’m OBSESSED with bookshelves. I have arranged every shelf in our flat into alphabetical order or into the Dewey Decimal System. I’m super cool. But I did allow myself some creativity, and my favourite shelf is the one where I arranged all my prettiest books into a jumble of pleasing piles and displays. I’ve also put my two Harry Potter wands there because, as I said, I’m super cool.

Super cool indeed - Do you have any reading/writing habits, Helena?

I do like to put incense on while I’m reading – especially during the winter. I think it helps me to switch off and really concentrate on reading. As for writing, (and I only have The Art of Wearing Hats to go on here), the only habit that seems to work is putting my head on my desk, closing my eyes and sitting in absolute silence while hoping that at some point something will start happening. Sorry, hattening.

Hat puns welcome!  How do you keep apart, track and control your TBR to read books?

This is something I should do, but fail at dismally. I try to make sure I’ve read all the books I’m working on, plus submissions that come in every week, plus the other books that I just happen to stumble upon when I find myself in bookshops (too many of them). I’m afraid there’s no order, but I’ve got very good at keeping multiple plot-lines in my head and reading about 5 books at the same time. It’s lucky I’ve always been that way, or I think I’d go ever-so-slightly mad (but of course, all the best people are).

I'm completely envious of you managing multiple plot lines! Once again, thank you for taking the time to share your Book Corner with us Helena. 

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