Inspiration and research behind my books…
During my former life as a professional dancer, I was fortunate to travel to some wonderful places for work so I never really bothered going on holiday to exotic places as my budget couldn’t match the sort of places I had worked in, Hong Kong and the Caribbean to name just two. We had some wonderful family holidays when our children were young but it wasn’t until they had left home that Chris and I started to holiday as a couple. Our first holiday was in Barbados, to celebrate thirty years of living together, and I was able to draw on some of our experiences for the second book in the Liberty Sands trilogy. The initial idea for the trilogy was sparked when we had our second holiday as a couple, visiting the stunningly beautiful island of Mauritius.
booked a car with a driver for the day as my main character, Holly, would have done in order to be able to write her blog in an informed manner. Even our beach walks were useful. One of my copy editor’s favourite lines from the book was inspired by a pile of coral we stumbled across… “She zoomed in to get a close-up but with a shudder realised that it looked like a desecrated graveyard with the bones of corpses piled high.”
We had taken a glass bottom boat trip on our holiday in Barbados during which the boatman had pointed out a house purported to be that of X Factor judge Simon Cowell – that little snippet of information made it into the book of course.
I’ve always fancied a beach wedding myself – maybe we’ll take the plunge on our fortieth anniversary of living together in January 2018.
A visitor in Barbados…
Quite appropriately, considering Holly’s job as a travel blogger, my first book was written in a variety of overseas locations which we had visited on holidays in the eighteen months it took from starting to finishing Life’s a Beach and Then… Conceived in Mauritius, ‘and Then…’ added to the title by my friend Denise in Dubai, 30,000 words written during a week in Corsica but finished and edited at home in Berkshire. Every time we went away my ‘baby’ laptop went with me and I dedicated at least two hours of my day to writing.
I prefer to write alone but this cute little sparrow, pecking at sugar grains from a saucer on the balcony of our hotel in Barbados, was a welcome distraction before I got down to the serious business of putting words on the page.