I am a polyglot who doesn't speak much at all and a (traditionally) published writer of short crime stories.
Describe your desk
My desk is clean enough to attract me to sit and work, and messy enough to inspire me to work. It's the little things...postcards and printed photos...good pens...caramel wrappers (guilty)...Heisenberg coaster that I got in Greece (of all places!)...and of course my laptop and headphones.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a tomboy childhood, first in France, then in Yugoslavia. A Huckleberry Finn kind of freedom was normal and we kids spent our days in the woods, by the river, playing, building, hiding, inventing games and going home exhausted and happy, no matter the season. I think that kind of childhood definitely has a positive effect on creativity and I do draw from those experiences, or even moments or just feelings, in my writing.