updated 02/11/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 02/11/2010 AT 1:00 PM ET
After enduring subzero temperatures for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to carry the Olympic torch in her native Canada, Shania Twain is warming up in the Caribbean – and it’s doing wonders for her creative juices.
“The sunny weather gets me into writing mode,” the country superstar, 44, tells fans in a letter posting on her Web site. “Many of the songs from The Woman In Me and Come On Over were written in the tropics so it’s a good place for me to be creative.
Twain takes fans further inside her private world, sharing a video montage shot over the holidays by boyfriend Frédéric Thiébaud.
The footage includes Twain making an early morning visit to a Canadian radio station to host a show on underprivileged children. Despite the serious topic, Twain is in good spirits as she picks at a complimentary fruit plate while laughing about junk-food cravings like donuts and popcorn, talking about “blotchy skin” and joking that she is, in fact, 34.
The footage also gives fans an audio introduction to Thiébaud, her constant companion of more than a year, whose French-inflected voice is heard bantering with her from off-camera.
Twain, whose marriage to Robert “Mutt” Lange fell apart in May 2008 over his relationship with her then-friend and employee Marie-Anne Thiébaud, took to her site last summer to write about her romance with boyfriend Frédéric, who is Thiébaud’s ex-husband.