I am Cornish and have lived in the county all my life. The landscape is beautiful, but there is so much more to Cornwall and I want the readers to experience that.
Cornwall has its own history and language, food and music, myths and legends. The Cornish people have a pragmatic approach to life, with a unique, often hard to define, sense of humour. They work hard, but also enjoy coming together, having their own celebrations and festivals to mark the passing year.
I grew up on a rural farm, surrounded by a close-knit community who all knew one another. From an early age I listened to tales of my parents' childhoods and was made aware that my Cornish family tree stretched back to the 18th century.
Cornwall's dramatic and varied landscape makes the perfect setting for a story filled with drama and passion, but I also want readers to feel immersed, as if they are part of the community itself, watching the fictional story unfold as if they are standing no more than a few meters away. All these special elements, which are so unique to Cornwall, make it far easier to achieve that aim.
However, not all my books are set only in Cornwall. The protangonists in my Love in War series may have links to Cornwall, but war forces them to travel further afield which, for me as an author, is exciting to write.