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Novel Inspiration 

I was five, it was summer, 1977 and the six of us piled into a Ford Falcon XC to get away for the Christmas holidays. I don’t remember the long drive to the coastal town of Esperance, on the southern coast of Western Australia, but it became a holiday I will never forget, and the inspiration behind my novel. 467 more words


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The desk where I do most of my fiction writing is also the desk at which I work as a TV quiz question setter and verifier. 459 more words

Location, location...

Anyone familiar with the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire and its history will recognize the inspiration for some of the places in The Companion. In particular Potter’s Pleasure Palace and Ackerdean Mill, whose fictional location and history was inspired by the real-life Gibson Mill in Hardcastle Crags near Hebden Bridge. 457 more words