Location is an important element to any story. I chose Cornwall, England as the location for my Redcliffe novels. The town of Redcliffe is fictional, but it is based on the real town of Looe and the fishing village of Polperro in East Cornwall. I have spent many happy holidays in Looe, wandering through the town, enjoying the local shops and sunbathing on the sandy beach that is sheltered by high, rocky cliffs.
Cornwall has a rugged, romantic appeal to creative minds. In the literary world, it is most famous for the novel Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier. She provokes a Gothic enchantment in her writing, and the wild and untamed landscape of rural Cornwall is the perfect setting for her stories of love and passion.
My stories are also about love and passion, which is why I needed an appropriately wild setting. I had to locate Redcliffe on the coast of Cornwall, because the ocean is an important element. I have yet to understand exactly why that is, but I am sure all will be revealed as the series develops. I understand the importance of featuring lots of cliffs and caves, because they conceal the lair of the Redcliffe wolf pack. I draw on tales of pirates and smugglers for my inspiration in this department.
Throughout the first three Redcliffe novels, location features prominently in Jessica’s life-changing experiences. At the very beginning of Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel), she dreams about being pursued by a monster. Little does she know exactly whom that monster will turn out to be! In Love Kills (A Redcliffe Novel), the theme continues as Jessica explores the Redcliffe werewolf lair; a series of caves hidden beneath the cliffs that gave the town its name.
In Love Redeems (A Redcliffe Novel), we move away from the seaside just a little, and explore the forest of Redcliffe. This dense wooded area actually encroaches upon the cliff edge in places, offering an eerie and haunting location steeped in folklore. Rumours have it that wild dogs have been sighted running through Redcliffe forest on a moonlit night, but the townsfolk simply get on with their own quiet lives. Only those who know the town’s supernatural secrets understand the importance of Redcliffe forest as both a hunting ground and sanctuary for its non-human inhabitants.
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