Many people ask me where I got the inspiration for my Redcliffe novels. Inspiration comes in many forms. That’s a phrase I picked up somewhere a long time ago, and I like the way it sounds. My inspiration was collected over a period of roughly ten years, when I was finally ready to write my first novel Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel).
A large source of inspiration is the beautiful country in which I live. I thought for a long time about where exactly I should locate the supernatural town of my dreams. I live in the North of England, and my home town is in rural Staffordshire. I now live in rural Cheshire. Both counties have their charm and amazing scenery. I also toyed with the idea of featuring the city of Manchester, since it too is a beautiful place.
My Muse decided that we needed a coastal town. My thoughts turned to family holidays, a store of memories and wonderful experiences collected over the years. I hit on the perfect place when I remembered Cornwall. It is a county that has managed to step into the 21st century without comprising its heritage and traditional charm. I can use the old pirate stories, ghost stories and other folklore traditions as part of my tapestry.
There was only one part of Cornwall that I focused on for my inspiration. It was the tourist town of Looe, near the Devon border. I have friends who owned a hotel in that town, and so we would visit frequently for weekend breaks and special occasions. I had lots of time to explore the town, enjoy the beach and the sea, and soak up the atmosphere to add to my memories. I also included elements of the fishing village Polperro, because Redcliffe needed a harbour and it resembled the one in Polperro (with a little creative license).
Inspiration for stories does not only include physical location. I needed inspiration for my characters. Where did they come from? Who are they, really? I cannot answer those questions. On the one hand, yes, I created them all. On the other, they came to me, and offered themselves to my stories. The characters tell their stories from their own experience, and I am simply the translator. Their personality traits and physical appearances are modelled on my own friends, family and acquaintances.
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