Suzanne Snow Author

My InspiratioN

... before Alana and on to Ellthwaite

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 a very special place and I’m looking forward to staying there and exploring the garden again. Neither are abandoned, set elsewhere in Scotland and beautiful examples of the Arts & Crafts movement. 

My third book takes place around the Cumbrian fells, a little closer to home. It is based on a real village which I have made smaller than in reality but just as pretty, with a vibrant community at its heart as well as a famous restaurant. My characters have the opportunity to explore this extraordinary county and I visited all the places they did with my family, gathering notes and seeing Daisy and Ben’s story unfolding before me, even though I didn’t join in with all of their experiences!

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A return to Thorndale for Christmas and Alana in summer 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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