Faulkner once said that "the only environment the artist needs is whatever peace, whatever solitude, and whatever pleasure he can get at not too high a cost." Wallace Stevens scanned his poetry while walking to his office; Thomas Wolfe wrote on top of a refrigerator.
After interviewing eight of Dallas’ writers, we find that their work spaces, too, say something about their craft. The fiction authors require only the basic tools of the trade: Playwright Preston Jones writes at his dining room table; novelists Frank Schaefer and Kerry Newcomb sometimes rely on a nearby cafe. The non-fiction writers, however, tend to accumulate libraries: Frances Mossiker’s study contains the major works of French history; Lon Tinkle’s a collection on the history of Texas; and Ales-sandra Comini’s, artifacts and histories of European art.
The working writer tends to be a private person, but these eight opened their doors, allowing us not only to take their portraits, but to record them at work.