Dear Reader, why did that place choose me?
Place is a big factor in my imagining of a story. Lots of other factors have to come together before I have a viable project. Theme and two characters who have need of each other are the main ones.
So what was the place that sparked Mariah’s Marriage, my historical romance published by MuseItUp this month? It was a school-room at the back of a big house in Scotland. The house is called Fasque and I visited it just when the family living there were beginning to welcome paying visitors to look round. It is a lovely house in beautiful countryside and so much about it lends itself to romance. An image that is still very clear in my mind’s eye is the schoolroom where children of estate workers were taught beside the children of the Big House. Over a decade later, Mariah Fox is ready to challenge Tobias about universal education.
In the book, we don’t spend a lot of time inside Tobias’s grand house in Grosvenor Square and we never visit his country house, but the ghost of that school room invests the story for me. It brings aspiration and hopes; chalk dust and sweat and the love and labour of the thousands of pupil teachers who strove to raise awareness and competence among the urchins of the poor.
With humour and a dastardly villain in London, 1822 – enjoy.
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