The most important visual is this one. Stepping Stones is set in The Lizard, Landewednack, Cornwall. The main reason for this is that when I had the idea for the story, which came to me in a dream, I saw a church on a cliff. So, I went on the hunt for a church on a cliff or at least one that was near to the ocean and I stumbled across St Wynwallows, C of E, Church Cove and I immediately fell in love with it.
The church was perfect, along with the small village itself. It had everything I needed; it was coastal, quiet, quaint, and also a place I hadn't written about yet, which I always like. I try my hardest to set all my stories in different cities, or countries, unless the characters have a fit and demand the story stay in a certain area.
The next important visual is Lizard Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse features in a "life changing decision" flashback scene.
Then we have the Lizard Lifeboat Station, Church Cove, which is a place that Maggie was fond of as a child, but it is also the place where she finally admits the truth to herself and the individual she is sitting with. Not naming any names lol
These three pictures/places were the reason - along with my dream and the fact that everything just matched up so lovely and felt right - why I decided to set the story in Cornwall. So with my visuals at hand I wrote the book, which was originally published in November 2012. After the published closed late 2013, I polished it up and submitted to one of my other publishers and they offered me a contract.
The version which will be released next Tuesday is tons better than the original and I am very happy with it, and really can't wait to get it back out there for you all. So, stay tuned. Next Monday I will be giving you tour details along with the info on how you could be in with a chance of winning yourself a copy or some swag. :-)
Fun/ Crazy Fact: as well as sharing a release date with my blog partner and good friend, Dianna Hardy; both our books are set in Cornwall, and weddings/marriage plays a part in our stories. (It has taken me until writing this post to actually realize this lol but there you have it.) ;-P
Pictures featured in this post where copied/pasted from the following sites;
St Wynwallows - http://www.thelizard.info/landewednack_church2.htm
The Lizard Lighthouse - http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/lighthouse_list/nab_tower.html