My View From Here: Sandra Orchard

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Sandra_OrchardAward-winning author Sandra Orchard writes inspirational romantic suspense/mysteries for Love Inspired Suspense and Revell Publishing. Blind Trust, the second book in her popular Port Aster Secrets series just released. She is an active member of ACFW, RWA and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.  You can learn more about Sandra’s books and bonus features at or connect at

I hope you enjoy this peek into my workspace.

Over the years, I’ve gone from commandeering small corners of the house to now having my own office with every organizational perk I’ve ever wanted. Like the journey to being published, my dream office took years to build.Untitled

My first investment was this large bulletin board, which I use as a storyboard. I divided it into four rows of five chapters each to see at a glance where my major plot twists should happen. I write scene ideas on post-it notes and then pin them in the general area where I think they might fit.

The cupboard is great for laying out materials I’ve gathered in research, not to mention all that filing space. I love filing space, which brings me to my next acquisition…SandraDesk

I looooove this organizer. I keep workshop notes from online classes in the binders. For series, I use a portfolio with clear plastic sleeves to store the character, setting and plot details I’ll need to remember from book to book.

The spool of paper on the bottom right shelf is for brainstorming.Sandradesk2

Of course, my desk is the heart of my writing center. My husband gave me the iMac for our anniversary the year my debut novel released. Isn’t he a sweetheart? It’s made a world of difference to my productivity–much less fatiguing than working on the old PC laptop and 100x faster. I use MS Office for Mac, and save my documents to Dropbox. That way, when I want to sit somewhere else to write or edit, the documents sync to my laptop.

This is the other side of my desk.Sandradesk3

Yes, I know. I am totally spoiled. Of course, I’ll often curl up in the recliner near the woodstove with my notepad and pen, instead. Words seem to flow more effortlessly when writing in longhand.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this cyber walk through my office. Have I inspired any changes to your own workspace?

For a chance to win Sandra’s latest release (or book of your choice), hop over to this giveaway before Aug 2nd.




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  1. mom1runner says:

    Love seeing your workspace Sandra. You are motivating me to get more organized! I will not post a photograph of my desk!

  2. Jen Sloniger says:

    I love all your organizers, and it looks like you have plenty of room to spread out. What a great workspace. Thanks for sharing.

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