I was lucky enough to spend a month as a writer-in-residence at Klaustrið, the writers sanctuary that is part of the mansion of the late Icelandic writer Gunnar Gunnarsson.
Skriðuklaustur is the mansion where Klaustrið (the monastery) is situated. I had my own bedroom, living room, kitchen and a separate library and office – luxury! I arrived at the beginning of May to a snowstorm that shut down all the domestic air flights. The fierce weather continued all month long, keeping me inside and writing. I got more writing done in the one month I spent at Klaustrið than the entire previous year.
It just fills me with longing to be back here. That was the best month of my entire writing life. Alone and writing, day after day after day, for 30 days, in the peaceful solitude of the Icelandic countryside, across the river from where my grandfather was born.