I have just come back from a lovely holiday in the Italian lakes. I stayed at Garda and it was the perfect spot for sightseeing. My friend and I did a lake tour and visited Sirmione and Limone, Riva del Garda and Malcesine. I know that at some point in the not-too-distant future I shall go back but not next year. After all there are so many other places to explore, so many other places that will provide a setting for a book.
That’s the thing about holidays, I have discovered. Although I always claim that, no, I never work when I’m holiday, I always come home with piles of notes which will provide the background for a book. As I unloaded the envelope stuffed full of maps and menus, clippings from local newspapers and postcards which I’d collected during my trip, it hit me that writing is always on my mind but in a pleasant way.
I have already planned out the book I will write next year and the gorgeous Italian hero (based on the equally gorgeous guide who showed us round Verona!) who will feature in it. The story is humming away nicely inside my head, waiting its turn to be written. It gives me a real buzz to know that once I have finished my current project, I shall be able to immerse myself in the story and mentally, at least, re-visit this beautiful area.
Last year I spent a week in Devon. Amazingly the weather was perfect and everywhere looked so gorgeous. The hotel we’d chosen was excellent too and filled with lots of interesting people. I got chatting to a young couple with a seven year-old boy one night. The child had cut his foot on a rock while playing on the beach so the parents had taken him to the local GP’s surgery. As his mother told me, it must be so much easier being a doctor when you work in a holiday town.
That comment was the trigger for my new Bride’s Bay series, three books about three single mums who all work at Bride’s Bay Surgery and have to balance the demands of their work with looking after their children. Is it easier for them because they work in such a lovely place? It would be nice to think so but I doubt it! They still have to work their way through an awful lot of problems before they find happiness.
Do you have a favourite holiday place? Or have you visited a place that has greatly influenced you? I would love to hear all about it if you have.
The Family Who Made Him Whole: Bride’s Bay -Bk 1. Available October 2012.