Inside The Writer’s Studio - Tina Ferraro

Tina Ferraro recently launched her 3rd young adult novel. Earlier this month I profiled her as an exemplary specimen of young adult story creator. The cover of her current book, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, can be seen various places around her office. Also you can see just above one of the printers a shrine to herself. No, just kidding. (Or am I?)

Although we later learned that Mandy Hubbard (the first Writer’s Studio participant) is not as much of a neat freak as her space implied, how is this space different from what we saw in the first Writer’s Studio?

Is there anything about this writing space that surprises you? Anything that catches your interest? Is there anything you can tell about this writer just by looking at the space?


Tina Ferraro believes in the adage that it is never too late to have a happy childhood. Tina started writing at the age of seven, and sold her first short story following college. With three babies arriving in five years, it seemed a great time for Tina to stay home and “get serious” about the full-length books she wanted to write. After seeing a nonfiction book about uses for a bridesmaid dress, she idly wondered if a story had ever been written about reusing a prom dress . . . and from that, her first published YA novel was born, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress.

I want to thank Tina for letting us into her Writer’s Studio. Please leave your questions and comments for her to respond to next week.


  1. I'm surprised everything looks so neat, I expected it to be a lil bit messy. I love it. It looks cosy and nice. I saw some pictures of Tina with her new book - which she showed us last month or so. Thanks for sharing, Megan.

    I have a question for you write on laptop or on notebooks? So random hey :)

  2. I love looking at these. I'm glad you are posting them,it's fun to see others work spaces.

  3. Thao, thank you for saying this looks neat. I just looked at it now and gasped...gosh, what a slob I am! LOL. But I consider my desk to be "organized chaos."

    And I do have a laptop, but I only use it for traveling. I do absolutely everything on my full-sized computer. Even grocery lists!

  4. And Megan, thank you so much for having me here. But some explain "the shrine" that I created for myself. (I almost took that down before I snapped the picture, then thought, "No, Tina, it's there for a reason, just go with it...")

  5. Don't worry. The shrine will all be explained in time. :D

    I just wanted to make sure I got people's mind's turning about it before hand.

  6. It does look cozy like Thao said. I think if I had a writing studio, this is what it would look like....though maybe a bit more messy. I always have things laying around. i really like that she also has her book cover around the office.

    Um, question? I'm trying to think. I just posted my interview so I need to come up with something I didn't ask.
    OK, what song would you pick to go with The ABC's of Kissing Boys?


  7. Wow... That's a great work space. Your questions about my work space launched us to build an office. Personally, I'm hoping you won't ask again until it's finished.... ;)

  8. Lauren, how about Hall and Oates, YOUR KISS IS ON MY LIST???

  9. It looks so cozy! I want one!

    Anyway, what's with "The Bungalow" sign? Am interested to learn what it's about.

  10. I love this feature of yours, Megan. :-) It's fun to see inside the writing spaces of authors.

  11. Oh, Chelsea, "The Bungalow" will be explained...

  12. Yes, I'm surprised that her area is very organized. Usually I expect writers work areas to be very cluttered, with papers and other miscellaneous junk and books laying about in a mountain pile. Tina is certainly on top of things!

    I do have a question for Tina:

    What advice do you have for young people who want to write a book?

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

  13. I think I should create a shrine for myself. ;-) hehe.

    Do you write your book in order, or do you write the part of the story that sounds most interesting at the current time.

    (Hopefully that makes sense!)

  14. Hi, Sarah! To answer your question about advice for young people who want to write a's never too early to start. I was writing short stories as early as 7, and "officially" started my first book (title page with title and author) at 17. None of these early attempts were very good, but I am one of those people who learns more from doing than from studying, and some of the things I picked up back then I still employ in my writing today! Good luck!

  15. Hi, Devyn! Lots of writers jump around inside a story, but I am a beginning-to-end writer. I am "living" the story with my main character, and although I have wisdom that she doesn't have (for the most part, I know what's going to happen next), we BOTH get surprises along the way, and that's part of the fun.

    For instance, in THE ABC'S OF KISSING BOYS, there's a scene out by a lake where main character Parker and her neighbor, Tristan, are "practicing kissing." I knew someone would interrupt them, but was totally surprised by how Tristan reacted. Impressed, even. Sounds weird, but it's part of the fun for me, and I think it shows in my writing.

  16. That looks freaking awesome:) I should share my writing studio, not as pretty as this one:)

  17. Thanks, Leon. Is it awesome? It just seems like an extention of my cluttered mind to me! =)


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