Where I Write: John Temple

22 January, 2014

John TempleThe next writer in our Where I Write series is John Temple

“My usual writing spot and position is feet up on the desk of my home office.  It’s a smallish room with a window flanked by two big bookshelves that looks out on our hilly backyard where the boys play baseball.  I have to stand up every 20 minutes or so and stare blankly out the window.  I definitely need to hole up away from people most of the time, but when I’m really deep into a book, I eventually grow sick of spending so many hours in the same room and I will take the laptop elsewhere, to the library at WVU or a coffee shop or some place where I don’t feel like a hermit.  The biggest distinguishing feature of the office is the Big Board, the gigantic cork board on the wall above my computer.  In the photo, it has index cards outlining the major events/scenes/sections of my current book project, color coded and divided by Act I, Act II and Act III.  I tend to put a lot of pictures, maps, advice to myself on it too.  A screenwriting technique.  I’ve used different cork boards over the years and even made one of my own, but this is the biggest one I’ve ever found, about 4X4 feet.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.” — John Temple

John is the author of The Last Lawyer and Deadhouse.  He is currently writing American Pain:  How a 27-year old Felon and Five Doctors Unleashed the Deadliest Drug Epidemic in U.S. History, a chronicle of the rise and fall of the nation’s biggest painkiller trafficking ring in a shocking exposé that is populated by a gaudy and diverse cast of characters that includes the incongruous band of wealthy bad boys, thugs and esteemed physicians who built American Pain, as well as the cops and grieving mothers who labored for years to bring them to justice. Look for it in 2015 from Lyons Press.