I like to discover where writers write—especially my favorite writers. I’ve gleaned these bits from personal conversations, from writers’ own works, from biographers, and from tour guides. Any or all of these may have been lying. How would I know?
• Hemingway wrote in a room over the carriage house behind the big house.
• Peter Lovesey and Simon Brett both write in small garden houses behind their main residence. The English do love their gardens
• Cynthia Riggs writes in a room on the top floor of the B & B she owns and operates. “When I finish doing the beds I go upstairs and close the door. Everyone knows not to bother me.”
• My friend Teresa Inge, working a full-time job in finance, sits in her car on her lunch hour and writes while eating her bag lunch. Now that’s determination.
• Mike Befeler has a writing room with a to-die-for view of the Rockies out his picture window, but he doesn’t pull back the curtains until his work for the day is done.
• Agatha Christie often typed away in an upstairs cubbyhole at Greenway, her beautiful summer home, but just as often had to make do with hotel rooms, or at a rickety table in an expedition house in Iraq.
Let me now contradict that idea by telling you my latest book, Death in an Ivory Tower, Five Star/Cengage, June 2014, is set in Oxford, UK. No warm tropical breezes, no sand, no pyramids. But for a place that can raise spooky to a whole new level, how about a sixteenth century residence hall in an Oxford college?
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