*Raising my hand!*
I started early, too. 🙂 When I was a young reader, I knew I couldn’t travel to Pern or Prydain or Neverland, but I’d always been a big fan of Marquerite Henry’s horse books. The Misty of Chincoteague books were some of my favorites and I desperately wanted to go to Chincoteague! This was a real spot! I begged my mom to take us to the island for Pony Penning Day. Unfortunately, no one else in the family shared my enthusiasm. 🙂
Skip to my teen years, and I was one of millions of girls sighing over The Thorn Birds. I read the book multiple times. Watched the mini-series. All I wanted was to go to Australia! Still on my bucket list, btw!
A few more years, and I was reading Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion and devouring Georgette Heyer and Marion Chesney books and falling in love with Regency England. I fell even harder as I started researching the period and writing my own books. And this time I got to do it! I traveled to England and practically wallowed in museums and country houses and what’s left of Mayfair. Sigh. One dream accomplished—although once was not enough. 🙂
So, fast forward to last year and I was asked to write a novella for a series of books set in a haunted castle in Cornwall. I agreed, on the condition that I was allowed to use Cornish Pixies as my ‘haunt.’ And thus a new passion was born! We found a spot for our castle and I drooled over pictures of the gorgeous Cornish coast. My Pixies possess nature-based magic, so that meant I got to research plants and animals and beautiful forest glens in Cornwall. Oh, boy. Now I have to go to Cornwall! I must see all the beauty and mystery for myself!
The story that came of that particular obsession has just released on it’s own. You can get Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse now!
Her father inherited an earldom and a castle. Has Lady Tamsyn inherited a curse?
It’s what it feels like when she discovers that she can see the truth behind the lies that men tell. All she wanted on arrival at Castle Keyvnor was to avoid Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, but in a sea of lies, he is the one who always tells her the truth.
Together they find that her curse might just be a gift–and their love the key to preventing a tragedy.
Even better, the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor was such a success that we are going back to the castle! This time it’s for a double wedding at Christmas. You know what that means? I got to research Christmas traditions in Cornwall! And they are so interesting and different from other places in England. I’ve had a blast going back to my Pixies and the other characters at Keyvnor—and it has only fueled my desire to get there. I will!
Lord Locryn and the Pixie’s Kiss is included in the book, Charmed at Christmas, and is available on pre-order now.
So, tell me—am I alone in this? Have you ever longed to travel to a beloved book’s setting? Have you actually done it? Share your story and I’ll pick a randomly chosen commenter to win a copy of Bedeviled, from the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series.
Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse
Charmed at Christmas