A Day In The Life of Author Alice J. Wisler

In The Life of Author Alice J. Wisler: Or life at the end of the dining room table
Once I had a computer in the living room, then I had an office. The office came along when my oldest daughter moved out and her bedroom became my domain. Carl, my husband, fixed it up for me with shelves for all my novels and research books, and a desk. He took over the computer downstairs in the living room. All was well. I loved going to that office to write. Then my daughter came back home. She moved in and I moved to . . . the end of the dining room table.

These things do happen. Now I feel I live in Grand Central Station. That’s okay, I like train stations. And for emphasis, I can hear the sound of train whistles at least twice a day, as they pass through my town of Durham, NC. I can also hear other noises, children coming home from work and school, Carl asking my opinion on an idea for a carved wooden frame, the boxer barking at the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

So what does a day look like for me at my station?

Let me paint the picture: Half of the dining table holds our carved by heart stuff. In the midst of striving to become a Great American Writer, my husband and I had to eat, so we stated Carved By Heart, our wood-caving business. Most of the work for orders we get is done in the garage, but we need indoor space for inventory, packing materials, and business cards. The dining room has no doors to shut out any noise or offer privacy. A door-less space freely brings in the boxer, my husband, and my children. I see all.

How do I write? Oh, that’s right, this is a post on me being an author. I do and I don’t. During the day I promote our business and my books. Orders for personalized plaques and frames come in. I often leave the table to go out to the workshop to touch base with Carl.

When I need to write, I put on my headphones. Music is always good to write to and actually helps me create scenes and dialogue. Some days I head over to the local Brueggers or to the library and develop my stories. When I’m working towards a deadline, I put on the headphones for longer periods of time. Many mornings I wake before the rest of the family to get an early start.

Whenever we have dinner guests, I have to pack up and store my laptop and paper in the family room or inside a coat closet. After the guests leave, I reset my writing space.

It’s not an ideal situation.   But I have adapted to the dining room and adjusted. God even speaks through the clutter.

And the view and sounds from my world provide plenty of inspiration.


About Christian Author Alice Wisler

Alice has authored four novels published by Bethany House: Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation, and Still Life in Shadows by River North/Moody. Her devotional, Getting out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood), covers the many losses we face and how God sustains us through each one. Under the Silk Hibiscus, released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, is her latest novel and first historical.


In 1999, she founded Daniel’s House Publications, an organization to help fellow bereaved parents. Under Daniel’s House she published three print cookbooks in memory of children who have died too soon, an e-book on journaling, developed a line of bereavement cards, and created Writing the Heartache workshops and Writing the Psalms workshops. She offers her workshops online and at conferences across the country. The workshops stress the value and benefits of writing from pain and loss for healing, health, and hope.

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  • Janis Cox

    Reply Reply March 30, 2015

    Great picture of your writing space. I used to write while in Arizona in the kitchen. I found it too disruptive. I need complete silence. Not even music. I never thought of head phones. That might have helped. I changed our guest bedroom into an office for my sewing, painting and writing. Now I am a little more productive. Sort of!

  • Lorilyn Roberts

    Reply Reply March 30, 2015

    Sounds like my house:)

  • Carole Brown

    Reply Reply March 30, 2015

    Oh, my, I knew you had a busy life, but reading this made me realize you must be my sister! Lol. Great post, Alice.

  • Alice Wisler

    Reply Reply April 8, 2015

    Thanks, for reading, ladies!

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