Writers always tend to believe their best writing happens in paradise.  Whether it’s a mountain chalet, a cabin in the desert, or a condo overlooking a stretch of glowing white sand, we all love to dream about the “Writer’s Retreat.”  Peace.  Quiet.  Writing.  Aah!

Well, maybe it’s just me, but I’m sitting with my laptop on a balcony looking over a blue-green ocean right now, and I can barely make myself even open the file of my work-in-progress.  Because a work-in-progress is exactly that: work.  Yes, I love to write.  No, I couldn’t really stop myself from telling stories even if I tried.  But a beach is God’s reminder that even He rested on the seventh day.  And I suspect there may have been a divine daiquiri involved.

Karen Ullo is the author of Jennifer the Damned, to be released on Halloween, 2015 by Wiseblood Books.  To find out more, go to