Suzanne Snow Author

My InspiratioN

... before Alana and back to Thorndale

My inspiration to write often begins with the setting and Thorndale, the fictional village in The Cottage of New Beginnings was born out of a memorable walk through the villages of Arncliffe and Kettlewell, and the hamlet of Hawkswick in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales, and has a little bit of each of them in it. Whilst walking I discovered a cottage at the end of a quiet lane, its path to the front door running straight through the garden. This gave me the idea for Annie’s house, along with the river running through Kettlewell and the green in Arncliffe as the village in my mind began to take shape.

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For The Garden of Little Rose I chose a Hebridean island, inspired by the Isle of Gigha, which I named Alana. The hotel where I imagined Flora staying can be found on Eriska, and it’s on my bucket list! The fictional name of the abandoned house and ruined garden around which my characters fall in love becomes clear as the story progresses, as does the connection to Thorndale. The house and its garden in the book were inspired by Hill of Tarvit in Fife and I’m looking forward to visiting again, and exploring this beautiful example of the Arts & Crafts movement. 

My third book returns to Thorndale, and it’s so lovely to be amongst old friends again. Daisy and Ben are two characters new to the village, although Daisy has family there and Ben is passing through. They venture into the Cumbrian fells for their story, another place which is very close to my heart. I visited the places they did, gathering notes and seeing their story unfolding before me, even though I didn’t join in with all of their experiences! If you read the book then you’ll discover the connection to a movie in the story, and it’s one that I love. Check out the trailer for a glimpse: The Man from Snowy River

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A return to Thorndale for Christmas and somewhere new beckon in my next books and I look forward to sharing more about this in the future. It is a joy to write about people falling in love in such places and I hope this helps to set the scene for you.

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