Saturday, November 03, 2012

Curling up with a Good Book

So, the UK is now on GMT rather than British Summer time, nights are darker, weather is colder and it is perfect for curling up in a chair with a good book. I have just received my author copies of Beneath the Major's Scars,  one of two books I wrote about identical twins, and this, the first book, is released in December. It is such a long time since I wrote this book that I might very well indulge in re-reading it, since it features a part of England that I love, the West Country.

As the title suggests, my hero Dominic Coale, was badly injured during the Peninsula War and has retreated to the wilds of Exmoor to live a solitary existence.  As a West Country girl myself, I love this part of England and have taken great inspiration from the beautiful landscape. The last time we were there I took a walk along one of the bridleways and was amazed at the lovely cobbled surface.  In Dominic's day this was probably one of the main routes, and I could imagine a curricle or carriage rattling over this surface – it made me quite thankful for today's pneumatic tyres and tarmac roads!   

The plot of Beneath the Major's Scars involves a headlong ride to the coast and I used a very isolated and dramatic area for this, Hartland Quay. The picture here shows just how wild and isolated it is. In tudor times it was a thriving port but steadily fell into disuse. It would still have been a busy place in the early 19th century, so I used a little artistic licence, changed the name and made it much more run-down– and of course the rum  characters I added are entirely fictional!

And just a final note to our friends on the eastern coast of North America – you have suffered enough with the recent storms so maybe you don't want any more excitement at the present time! Understandable, and my thoughts are with you.

Happy reading

Sarah Mallory
Beneath the Major's Scars HH Dec 2012
The Illegitimate Montague M&B 2012


girlygirlhoosier52 said...

We're switching our clocks back an hour this weekend.. Now it won't be light until about 9.30 am in Indiana.. Looking forward to your latest! Thanks

Melinda Hammond/Sarah Mallory said...

I find it hard enough being dark until 8.30 am every morning - good luck in Indiana - and happy reading!

Grace Elliot said...

I love it when an author is inspired by scenery they know and love. It really adds to the atmosphere of the book.

Melinda Hammond/Sarah Mallory said...

Thanks, Grace.Landscape and scenery are very important to me in my writing. Dominic's story of someone trying to hide away from everything and everyone fits wonderfully on Exmoor - his twin's story, on the other hand, is set in Bath.... more news in the New Year about that one!