One of my very favorite things about being an author is that I can write from anywhere. This month I am heading to Hawaii to write book 2 in my Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery Series. While this will be very much a working vacation, I do plan to get in a bit of R&R and maybe even some reading. I think the reason I really love to write on location is because I can engage all my senses. If I write a story set in Hawaii while I am in Tahoe during a snowstorm like I did for book 1 in this series, I can usually find a way to reach down into my memory base and come up with descriptions that are both engaging and believable. If I am actually sitting on the lanai of the condo where we stay in Maui while I am working on a book set in Hawaii, I have the sound of the waves, the smell of the tropical flowers, the feel of the warm air blowing across my body, and the taste of the fresh pineapple we buy from the farmers market to bring a sense of immediacy to my scenes.
The photos I have posted here are of trips from the past but please be sure to check in at my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks for current photos as we enjoy our tropical retreat.