I believe James Michener did it (in his own way) and Mark Twain, too. But who else? What famous writers have managed to produce great work in a place too beautiful to look away from long enough to type?
I've always thought of myself as the kind of writer who needs the soul-crushing commute, corporate ladder-climbing and multiculturalism-in-confined-spaces atmosphere of city living to kick start my fiction. But maybe I don't really need those things at all. If this is true, that perhaps I could even write better somewhere perfect after all, then I'd be tempted to board the very plane I just stepped off. Because I am a writer, and location location location does not apply.
What about you? Where do you write best? And where do you dream of writing?
In other news, I just came across a link about self-publishing with iUniverse. Check it out here. Maybe I'm out of touch but I had no idea this particular partnership existed. It seems like a good option for struggling Canadian writers who still dream of getting on the shelves at Chapters/Indigo.