What’s on your desk, Wednesday? Jan Selbourne… #AuthorSpotlight #Interview with @JanSelbourne

Jan Selbourne's Desk with Lexie the Lizard

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for my weekly spotlight features, “What’s on your desk, Wednesday?”, where we take a visit to see what’s on somebody’s desk and have a good old nose around. (No kidding!) So without further ado, let’s meet today’s desk, I mean guest…

Welcome to where stories are created, from the desk of author Jan Selbourne

Jan Selbourne’s Desk with Lexie the Lizard

Sassy Brit : Tell us about your writing routine:

Jan Selbourne : I’m not an organized author. My stories begin with an idea and grow from there. My desk is my dining room table and I like to write in the mornings when its quiet. However, there have been many times I’ve woken in the early hours with a change of scene or new dialogue in my head. It’s a case of get up and get it in writing before it disappears! While writing The Proposition a glaring mistake came to me at 2am, I still can’t believe I hadn’t seen it while writing and editing.


SB: What’s the weirdest thing on your desk?


JS: – Nothing really weird except for Lexie the lizard who stares at the screen.  I guess the colours fascinate her.

SB: The most useful item?

JS : – My USB stick.

SB : Three words to describe your desk?

JS :  Table, functional,  messy. 
Jan Selbourne’s Desk with Lexie the Lizard

SB: Where can we find out more about you?


Jan Selbourne grew up in Melbourne, Australia. Her love of literature and history began as soon as she could hold a pen. Her career started in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting then a working holiday in the UK brought the history to life. Now retired, Jan can indulge her love of writing and travel. She has two children and lives near Maitland, New South Wales. 

The Proposition by Jan Selbourne


The Proposition.

They met on the eve of a battle. One enlisted to avoid prison, the other enlisted to avoid the money lenders. On the bloodied fields of France, Harry Connelly collapses beside the corpse of Andrew Conroy. It is a risk, a hanging offence, it’s his only hope for a future. Harry swaps identity discs. Now Andrew, he is just another face in post war London until a letter arrives with a proposition. Accepting is out of the question, refusing plunges him into a nightmare of murder and blackmail.To survive he must live this lie without a mistake, until he falls in love with Lacey. To keep her he must tell the truth and face the consequences.

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20 thoughts on “What’s on your desk, Wednesday? Jan Selbourne… #AuthorSpotlight #Interview with @JanSelbourne

  1. Um, along with your awesome snakes and spiders, you can keep Lexie on your side of the world, Jan. While she’s (he’s?) cute, I like him best at a distance. You should feature Lexie in a story!

    1. I think that’s Lexie’s next task, to get herself in Jan’s next book!

    2. Dee, you wimp, Lexie is a bearded dragon lizard so relax, she is completely harmless. If she’s to feature in a story, it would have to be set in Australia. Something to think about.

    1. Totally love this idea! The world needs Lexie in a story! I love her too! I’ve been calling her female… not sure if I’m right. 🙂

      1. Lexie is a girl. I am not a reptile lover, Australia hosts the most deadly snakes in the world, but Lexie is cute, harmless and has a real character. We love her.

  2. What a cutie pie Lexie is! I hope you are rewarding her for helping out. My desk is the kitchen table usually with a kitty laying on the keyboard.

    1. Well, that sounds like we need to see YOUR desk too, Suzanne! 😀

    2. Thanks Suzanne, yes she was rewarded with some crickets and a woody – a type of wood grub that lizards love. I hope she doesn’t get a swollen head over all this attention.

  3. fuonlyknew – Voracious reader and love to do reviews. Will review yours! Love Doritos and chocolate. A fan of furry friends. I'm afraid of things that go bump in the night! I do reviews at request when time allows. Prefer print versions but also will do ebooks. If I can stand to let them go, I use some print review copies for giveaways.. Also like doing ARC reviews to promote authors and their books. I encourage authors to comment. My reviews are posted on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, Smashwords and Barnes&Noble.
    fuonlyknew says:

    Fun interview. And Lexxie is adorable!

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