Interview with Deirdra Baldwin

Describe your desk
Frankly, it's a sea of hell. Today a little better than usual, because every three weeks or so, I correct my emotional state by throwing things away without looking at them. I always feel a lot better after I do that. I used to work for Ralph Nader, and believe me, his desk was worse. He would have huge piles of books and newspapers. If they had fallen over, they would have buried him alive. I learned from him to conserve paper. In the office, we would always use the backsides of typed sheets, ripping them in half, and then writing notes or leaving messages with them. It's pathetic, but I'm still doing that. I do it with shopping lists and with important creative notes, with tweets that occur to me at three in the morning, and with suggestions I make to myself about actions that need to be taken. I keep a rack of files on my desk that I never use. They are just there to crowd me. Yesterday I came to the stunning realization that physical books, which smell so nice, are difficult to consult when you are working, more difficult than a document on your screen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania. My first dates were in boats rather than cars. We went to the beach or motored around Misery Bay. I spent a lot of time lying on the beach and listening to the water. That's a lot like writing. The beaches on the Great Lakes aren't like ocean beaches, where you're sweating all the time and have to take cover and sip a beer while you talk to your cousins. Lake water is fresh and chilly and the beaches are covered with a grainier sand. The summer temperature is usually in the low seventies, and after you've gone for a swim, you're still thrilling with the cold, and trying to catch your breath. You towel off. It takes a while to warm up. The breeze rolls over your barely dry back and shoulders, and you shiver. The sunlight catches the drops of water on your hair. You've turned your head so you can see that, and all the time you're listening to the water and to the far off sound of people's voices.
Published 2013-09-29.
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Books by This Author

Edgy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 126,530. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Money matters disrupt a Hollywood couple’s ability to go on, and they compensate. Annette resurrects an old affair and buries herself in a daunting music industry career. Ever a dreamer, her lawyer husband contemplates revenge and becomes inextricably tangled with the mob. Often touching, funny, and ultimately compelling as it barrels toward an unexpected resolution, Edgy offers a window on folly.