Some writers spend a life time writing about the place where they live. Some have strict routines and need to be surrounded by their favorite things in order to write.
Ann Patchett, author of the novel Bel Canto is not that kind of a writer. She says she can write anywhere — hotel rooms or airports if need be. And she is not interested in creating fiction based in Nashville, where she has lived most of her life. But what she cannot do without is a "first reader."