Monday, June 26, 2017


Q: You’ve won a month-long, all-expenses-paid writing retreat. Where would you go and why?

- from Susan

A: Oh, this is so easy. A specific cottage on the north shore of Kauai, with bare, painted floors, an outdoor shower, and the sounds and sight of the Hanalei River at the edge of the lawn.  The sound of slack key guitar music from the CD, the local farmers market produce and fragrant flowers nourishing me, and the demands of a publisher’s deadline to keep me from simply melting in to the healing atmosphere.

I’ve been there, done that, and finished the first good draft of Love & Death in Burgundy there. Three weeks, but I wouldn’t say no to a full month. In fact, just thinking about it is slowing me down…I can smell the plumaria and taste the papaya.

 Aloha and Mahalo.


Fred Zackel said...

Last year, with the royalties from my MURDER IN WAIKIKI, my wife and I spent 9 wonderful days at the Royal Hawaiian. The time there was so wonderful that within a month of our return I retired from my teaching job. Aloha and mahalo to you!

Dietrich Kalteis said...

Sounds like the perfect spot, Susan.

Unknown said...

Nice post..!Thank you for posting this blog.

RJ Harlick said...

Love it!

Susan C Shea said...

Fred, That's the siren song, isn't it?! Mahalo for commenting today.

Anonymous said...

Had me at painted floors! Nice!