Setting Sail with Christina Courtenay!

Christina Courtenay Hello, Nicola here, and today it is my very great pleasure to welcome Christina Courtenay to the Word Wenches. Christina is a historical author who writes for Choc Lit (tagline: where heroes are like chocolate – irresistible!) and her debut novel Trade Winds is out this month. Christina is a winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Goudge Trophy for her short story "Cavalier Treatment" which was published in Solander, the magazine of the Historical Novel Society, in 2002, and is also a past winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary for authors. She has also written a number of novellas.

Trade Winds is a historical romance set in Sweden and China. It's loosely based on the Swedish East India Company's first journey to the Far East in 1732 and is a story full of passion and adventure. I loved the unusual background and true to Choc Lit's promise, the Scottish hero, Killian, is indeed irresistible! Here Christina talks about her inspiration for the book:

"A lot of authors find inspiration for their stories in old houses or specific places. With me, however, ShipFront the trigger for my debut novel Trade Winds was a ship. The sailing ship Gotheborg, to be precise. An exact replica of a vessel that had once sailed to the Far East on behalf of the Swedish East India Company (the SOIC) it happened to dock at Canary Wharf in London for a couple of weeks during the spring of 2007.  Being half-Swedish and also curious, I decided to go and have a look. What I found fascinated me so much that I immediately began to think: "What if…"

Who would sail halfway around the world in such a relatively small ship? How did they put up with living in cramped conditions for months on end and facing the terrors of the unknown? What were the odds of surviving and how long did it take? As I began to read up on the subject, I couldn't help admiring these courageous men and wondering how on earth they coped. And I had the perfect basis for a historical romance. The story began to take shape in my head as I stood on the deck of the Gotheborg, the ugly modern buildings around me fading away as I imagined myself nearly three hundred years back in time and out on the vast ocean. (Just as well it wasn't for real, though, as I'm probably the worst sailor ever!)

I did some research on the SOIC and it turns out that to start with, a lot of their employees were either Scotsmen or Englishmen, not Swedes as I had thought. When the SOIC was formed in 1731 the Swedes didn't have much knowledge of trading with the Far East but of course the Scots and English did. One of the Company's first directors was a man called Colin Campbell and he also decided to act as their first Supercargo (the person in charge of the business part of the trading expedition) in order to make sure the company had a good start. He succeeded and thanks to him the SOIC's first venture was a huge success.

I decided that my hero, Scotsman Killian Kinross, who had come to Gothenburg to make his fortune, had to go on that first journey with Colin. It seemed like an opportunity he simply couldn't miss. Add to that a Swedish heroine, also in need of money but for different reasons, and I had a great excuse for throwing them together. With profits from Far East ventures as high as tenfold on any investment, it made perfect sense for them both to get involved with the SOIC. From there it was only a short step to the conclusion that they would do even better if they joined forces…

In order to make Killian's experience as authentic as possible, I studied the journal Colin Campbell kept during the voyage (which had been published in book form). I also went to Gothenburg to have a look around. At the City Museum there the archivists keep a large collection of artefacts and journals donated by former SOIC employees. They helped me find the most relevant research material and were extremely welcoming.

Old Gothenborg Walking around the town helped as well. Although it has obviously changed a lot since the 18th century, the basic layout is the same and with the help of an old street map, I was able to get my bearings. I hope I have managed to portray it accurately in my novel.

All in all, writing Trade Winds taught me so much that I didn't know and was a journey in itself, which I really enjoyed. I'm now working on the sequel, which is set in Scotland, but that's another story altogether…"

Here is a blurb for the book and an excerpt:

It's 1732 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and strong-willed merchant's daughter Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it's a man's world. She believes she is being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather, and she's determined to stop it. When help arrives in the unlikely form of Scotsman Killian Kinross, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him…

"Jess walked out of her stepfather's study with her head held high. As always she closed the door behind her as quietly as she could, instead of slamming it hard the way she'd like to do. Gritting her teeth, she ran towards the stairs, only to barrel straight into someone who was just coming in from the hall.

"Ooof! I beg your pardon!"

Disconcerted, she took a step back and was about to apologise again, but as she looked up the words died on her lips. In front of her stood the handsomest man she had ever seen and she couldn't do anything except stare at him for a moment. He had shining dark auburn hair, pulled back into an untidy queue, cornflower-blue eyes surrounded by sweeping black lashes, and impossibly perfect features.  She blinked and wondered if he was real. Perhaps he was one of the Archangels spoken of in the Bible? She shook herself mentally. What a ridiculous thought.

‘No, it is I who should apologise. Miss Fergusson, is it?’ He bowed. ‘Killian Kinross at your service. I’ve come to see your father and was told to wait over there.’ He indicated a chair obviously placed for this purpose against the wall outside Robert’s study. ‘I should have looked before entering this hallway. My mistake.’

 

‘He is not my father,’ she hissed, reminded again of the recent encounter and ignoring the rest of the man’s sentence. ‘He is the devil reincarnated.’ This was perhaps a gross exaggeration, but saying the words out loud gave vent to her pent-up frustration and made her feel a whole lot better.

 

Mr Kinross raised his brows a fraction and a slow smile spread over his features. Jess almost gasped as the effect of it was like a physical blow to her solar plexus. ‘Riled you, has he?’ he enquired with amusement in his voice. ‘Ah, but of course, he’s related to my grandfather. Stands to reason.’

 

Jess didn’t follow the logic of this statement. In fact, she had trouble thinking coherently at all with that devastating smile dazzling her, but she closed her eyes and gathered what few wits she had left. ‘I don’t wish to discuss it. Good day to you, Mr Kinross.’

 

And with that parting shot, she stepped around him and ran up the stairs, lifting her skirts to take the steps an unladylike two at a time. Glancing down from the first floor landing, she saw him staring after her with a thoughtful look on his face. When he noticed her pause, he smiled again and bowed in a lazy, almost insolent salute.

 

Jess ignored him and continued upstairs. She’d had more than enough of men to last her a lifetime and TradeWinds Front Cover[1] she wanted nothing to do with any of them, handsome or not.”

 

The first two chapters are available on the Choc Lit website and on Christina’s website where you can also read much more information about her fascinating research.

 

Christina is giving away a copy of Trade Winds to one lucky commenter. Now over to you:

Christina’s inspiration for writing Trade Winds came from a ship. Have you ever been inspired to do something – decorate a house, write a book, or anything else – by something really strange or different?

155 thoughts on “Setting Sail with Christina Courtenay!”

  1. I love the story of the inspiration behind your novel, Christina! I can totally picture you standing on that ship with fireworks going off inside your mind.
    The book I’m writing now was totally inspired by a visit to the Brighton Pavilion last year at about this time. Except unlike you, I didn’t stand in the present thinking about the past—I stood in a recreation of the past, thinking about a contemporary story that could happen in it.
    Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the interview, Christina and Nicola.

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  2. I love the story of the inspiration behind your novel, Christina! I can totally picture you standing on that ship with fireworks going off inside your mind.
    The book I’m writing now was totally inspired by a visit to the Brighton Pavilion last year at about this time. Except unlike you, I didn’t stand in the present thinking about the past—I stood in a recreation of the past, thinking about a contemporary story that could happen in it.
    Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the interview, Christina and Nicola.

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  3. I love the story of the inspiration behind your novel, Christina! I can totally picture you standing on that ship with fireworks going off inside your mind.
    The book I’m writing now was totally inspired by a visit to the Brighton Pavilion last year at about this time. Except unlike you, I didn’t stand in the present thinking about the past—I stood in a recreation of the past, thinking about a contemporary story that could happen in it.
    Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the interview, Christina and Nicola.

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  4. I love the story of the inspiration behind your novel, Christina! I can totally picture you standing on that ship with fireworks going off inside your mind.
    The book I’m writing now was totally inspired by a visit to the Brighton Pavilion last year at about this time. Except unlike you, I didn’t stand in the present thinking about the past—I stood in a recreation of the past, thinking about a contemporary story that could happen in it.
    Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the interview, Christina and Nicola.

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  5. I love the story of the inspiration behind your novel, Christina! I can totally picture you standing on that ship with fireworks going off inside your mind.
    The book I’m writing now was totally inspired by a visit to the Brighton Pavilion last year at about this time. Except unlike you, I didn’t stand in the present thinking about the past—I stood in a recreation of the past, thinking about a contemporary story that could happen in it.
    Inspiration is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the interview, Christina and Nicola.

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  6. I love the Brighton Pavilion too, Julie, and can totally (!) understand you being inspired by that – it’s an awesome place! It must have been amazing to go to a ball or dinner there. Look forward to reading a contemporary in that setting!

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  7. I love the Brighton Pavilion too, Julie, and can totally (!) understand you being inspired by that – it’s an awesome place! It must have been amazing to go to a ball or dinner there. Look forward to reading a contemporary in that setting!

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  8. I love the Brighton Pavilion too, Julie, and can totally (!) understand you being inspired by that – it’s an awesome place! It must have been amazing to go to a ball or dinner there. Look forward to reading a contemporary in that setting!

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  9. I love the Brighton Pavilion too, Julie, and can totally (!) understand you being inspired by that – it’s an awesome place! It must have been amazing to go to a ball or dinner there. Look forward to reading a contemporary in that setting!

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  10. I love the Brighton Pavilion too, Julie, and can totally (!) understand you being inspired by that – it’s an awesome place! It must have been amazing to go to a ball or dinner there. Look forward to reading a contemporary in that setting!

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  11. I loved reading Christina’s book, it was brilliant and the hero, Killian, is irrestible! So I’m more than a little excited to hear that there’ll be a sequel.
    It’s fascinating to read about the inspiration behind Trade Winds and how it came to Christina while she was aboard the Gotheborg. Thank goodness she was drawn to go and visit it in the brief period it was docked in London.
    I’m inspired to write stories by objects, people and places all the time and reading books or watching films is a constant source of inspiration. For example, reading Arthur Ransome’s series of Swallows and Amazon books inspired me to learn to sail; reading and then watching A Room with a View started a life-long fascination/obsession with Florence and inspired me to learn Italian; and watching Shirley Valentine inspired me to move out to Greece for a year and live there. But then, that’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Nothing strange there, at all.

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  12. I loved reading Christina’s book, it was brilliant and the hero, Killian, is irrestible! So I’m more than a little excited to hear that there’ll be a sequel.
    It’s fascinating to read about the inspiration behind Trade Winds and how it came to Christina while she was aboard the Gotheborg. Thank goodness she was drawn to go and visit it in the brief period it was docked in London.
    I’m inspired to write stories by objects, people and places all the time and reading books or watching films is a constant source of inspiration. For example, reading Arthur Ransome’s series of Swallows and Amazon books inspired me to learn to sail; reading and then watching A Room with a View started a life-long fascination/obsession with Florence and inspired me to learn Italian; and watching Shirley Valentine inspired me to move out to Greece for a year and live there. But then, that’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Nothing strange there, at all.

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  13. I loved reading Christina’s book, it was brilliant and the hero, Killian, is irrestible! So I’m more than a little excited to hear that there’ll be a sequel.
    It’s fascinating to read about the inspiration behind Trade Winds and how it came to Christina while she was aboard the Gotheborg. Thank goodness she was drawn to go and visit it in the brief period it was docked in London.
    I’m inspired to write stories by objects, people and places all the time and reading books or watching films is a constant source of inspiration. For example, reading Arthur Ransome’s series of Swallows and Amazon books inspired me to learn to sail; reading and then watching A Room with a View started a life-long fascination/obsession with Florence and inspired me to learn Italian; and watching Shirley Valentine inspired me to move out to Greece for a year and live there. But then, that’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Nothing strange there, at all.

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  14. I loved reading Christina’s book, it was brilliant and the hero, Killian, is irrestible! So I’m more than a little excited to hear that there’ll be a sequel.
    It’s fascinating to read about the inspiration behind Trade Winds and how it came to Christina while she was aboard the Gotheborg. Thank goodness she was drawn to go and visit it in the brief period it was docked in London.
    I’m inspired to write stories by objects, people and places all the time and reading books or watching films is a constant source of inspiration. For example, reading Arthur Ransome’s series of Swallows and Amazon books inspired me to learn to sail; reading and then watching A Room with a View started a life-long fascination/obsession with Florence and inspired me to learn Italian; and watching Shirley Valentine inspired me to move out to Greece for a year and live there. But then, that’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Nothing strange there, at all.

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  15. I loved reading Christina’s book, it was brilliant and the hero, Killian, is irrestible! So I’m more than a little excited to hear that there’ll be a sequel.
    It’s fascinating to read about the inspiration behind Trade Winds and how it came to Christina while she was aboard the Gotheborg. Thank goodness she was drawn to go and visit it in the brief period it was docked in London.
    I’m inspired to write stories by objects, people and places all the time and reading books or watching films is a constant source of inspiration. For example, reading Arthur Ransome’s series of Swallows and Amazon books inspired me to learn to sail; reading and then watching A Room with a View started a life-long fascination/obsession with Florence and inspired me to learn Italian; and watching Shirley Valentine inspired me to move out to Greece for a year and live there. But then, that’s perfectly normal, isn’t it? Nothing strange there, at all.

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  16. Welcome to the Wenches, Christina! As you know, I’m in agreement with Kath about Killian – he really is a gorgeous hero! And I was fascinated by such an unusual historical background.
    Couldn’t resist contributing my own inspirations; a poem – The Eve of St Agnes by Keats – inspired my book Miss Verey’s Proposal and a painting in a museum in Amsterdam inspired me to put shutters rather than curtain in my bedroom!

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  17. Welcome to the Wenches, Christina! As you know, I’m in agreement with Kath about Killian – he really is a gorgeous hero! And I was fascinated by such an unusual historical background.
    Couldn’t resist contributing my own inspirations; a poem – The Eve of St Agnes by Keats – inspired my book Miss Verey’s Proposal and a painting in a museum in Amsterdam inspired me to put shutters rather than curtain in my bedroom!

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  18. Welcome to the Wenches, Christina! As you know, I’m in agreement with Kath about Killian – he really is a gorgeous hero! And I was fascinated by such an unusual historical background.
    Couldn’t resist contributing my own inspirations; a poem – The Eve of St Agnes by Keats – inspired my book Miss Verey’s Proposal and a painting in a museum in Amsterdam inspired me to put shutters rather than curtain in my bedroom!

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  19. Welcome to the Wenches, Christina! As you know, I’m in agreement with Kath about Killian – he really is a gorgeous hero! And I was fascinated by such an unusual historical background.
    Couldn’t resist contributing my own inspirations; a poem – The Eve of St Agnes by Keats – inspired my book Miss Verey’s Proposal and a painting in a museum in Amsterdam inspired me to put shutters rather than curtain in my bedroom!

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  20. Welcome to the Wenches, Christina! As you know, I’m in agreement with Kath about Killian – he really is a gorgeous hero! And I was fascinated by such an unusual historical background.
    Couldn’t resist contributing my own inspirations; a poem – The Eve of St Agnes by Keats – inspired my book Miss Verey’s Proposal and a painting in a museum in Amsterdam inspired me to put shutters rather than curtain in my bedroom!

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  21. It’s a lovely novel, great story, it has a wonderfully gorgeous hero, and I completely identified with the heroine. Trade Winds is one of those delightful novels that teaches the reader about something new, and I adored it. So, Christina, get on with the next one!

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  22. It’s a lovely novel, great story, it has a wonderfully gorgeous hero, and I completely identified with the heroine. Trade Winds is one of those delightful novels that teaches the reader about something new, and I adored it. So, Christina, get on with the next one!

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  23. It’s a lovely novel, great story, it has a wonderfully gorgeous hero, and I completely identified with the heroine. Trade Winds is one of those delightful novels that teaches the reader about something new, and I adored it. So, Christina, get on with the next one!

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  24. It’s a lovely novel, great story, it has a wonderfully gorgeous hero, and I completely identified with the heroine. Trade Winds is one of those delightful novels that teaches the reader about something new, and I adored it. So, Christina, get on with the next one!

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  25. It’s a lovely novel, great story, it has a wonderfully gorgeous hero, and I completely identified with the heroine. Trade Winds is one of those delightful novels that teaches the reader about something new, and I adored it. So, Christina, get on with the next one!

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  26. Oh wow, the short excerpt really pulled me in and I am dying to know what happens next!
    Re: Christina’s question, a couple of years back, my mother took me to a Feng Shui class and so inspired was I by this Chinese sense of aesthetics, that I applied to it my desk at work. And funnily enough, a few weeks later I got a promotion! When I moved to my new job, I again incorporated Feng Shui elements at my new cubicle and once again was promoted within 6 months. So yeah, the concept of Feng Shui has since then, definitely guided me when putting objects/images around my house.

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  27. Oh wow, the short excerpt really pulled me in and I am dying to know what happens next!
    Re: Christina’s question, a couple of years back, my mother took me to a Feng Shui class and so inspired was I by this Chinese sense of aesthetics, that I applied to it my desk at work. And funnily enough, a few weeks later I got a promotion! When I moved to my new job, I again incorporated Feng Shui elements at my new cubicle and once again was promoted within 6 months. So yeah, the concept of Feng Shui has since then, definitely guided me when putting objects/images around my house.

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  28. Oh wow, the short excerpt really pulled me in and I am dying to know what happens next!
    Re: Christina’s question, a couple of years back, my mother took me to a Feng Shui class and so inspired was I by this Chinese sense of aesthetics, that I applied to it my desk at work. And funnily enough, a few weeks later I got a promotion! When I moved to my new job, I again incorporated Feng Shui elements at my new cubicle and once again was promoted within 6 months. So yeah, the concept of Feng Shui has since then, definitely guided me when putting objects/images around my house.

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  29. Oh wow, the short excerpt really pulled me in and I am dying to know what happens next!
    Re: Christina’s question, a couple of years back, my mother took me to a Feng Shui class and so inspired was I by this Chinese sense of aesthetics, that I applied to it my desk at work. And funnily enough, a few weeks later I got a promotion! When I moved to my new job, I again incorporated Feng Shui elements at my new cubicle and once again was promoted within 6 months. So yeah, the concept of Feng Shui has since then, definitely guided me when putting objects/images around my house.

    Reply
  30. Oh wow, the short excerpt really pulled me in and I am dying to know what happens next!
    Re: Christina’s question, a couple of years back, my mother took me to a Feng Shui class and so inspired was I by this Chinese sense of aesthetics, that I applied to it my desk at work. And funnily enough, a few weeks later I got a promotion! When I moved to my new job, I again incorporated Feng Shui elements at my new cubicle and once again was promoted within 6 months. So yeah, the concept of Feng Shui has since then, definitely guided me when putting objects/images around my house.

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  31. Great post, Christina, and what a wonderful story about how you came up with the plot. I look forward to reading this one!
    As for your question, I find music very inspirational. One day, as I was listening to a marvelous instrumental version of “Bold Fenian Men,” I pictured a handsome hero, a veteran of the Irish Brigade, who’d fought with Thomas Francis Meagher in the American Civil War. But rather than picturing him in battle, I saw him on a ship heading for Ireland to find his family. That Civil War hero became Cavan Callaghan, hero of my soon-to-be-released novel, “Coming Home.”

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  32. Great post, Christina, and what a wonderful story about how you came up with the plot. I look forward to reading this one!
    As for your question, I find music very inspirational. One day, as I was listening to a marvelous instrumental version of “Bold Fenian Men,” I pictured a handsome hero, a veteran of the Irish Brigade, who’d fought with Thomas Francis Meagher in the American Civil War. But rather than picturing him in battle, I saw him on a ship heading for Ireland to find his family. That Civil War hero became Cavan Callaghan, hero of my soon-to-be-released novel, “Coming Home.”

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  33. Great post, Christina, and what a wonderful story about how you came up with the plot. I look forward to reading this one!
    As for your question, I find music very inspirational. One day, as I was listening to a marvelous instrumental version of “Bold Fenian Men,” I pictured a handsome hero, a veteran of the Irish Brigade, who’d fought with Thomas Francis Meagher in the American Civil War. But rather than picturing him in battle, I saw him on a ship heading for Ireland to find his family. That Civil War hero became Cavan Callaghan, hero of my soon-to-be-released novel, “Coming Home.”

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  34. Great post, Christina, and what a wonderful story about how you came up with the plot. I look forward to reading this one!
    As for your question, I find music very inspirational. One day, as I was listening to a marvelous instrumental version of “Bold Fenian Men,” I pictured a handsome hero, a veteran of the Irish Brigade, who’d fought with Thomas Francis Meagher in the American Civil War. But rather than picturing him in battle, I saw him on a ship heading for Ireland to find his family. That Civil War hero became Cavan Callaghan, hero of my soon-to-be-released novel, “Coming Home.”

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  35. Great post, Christina, and what a wonderful story about how you came up with the plot. I look forward to reading this one!
    As for your question, I find music very inspirational. One day, as I was listening to a marvelous instrumental version of “Bold Fenian Men,” I pictured a handsome hero, a veteran of the Irish Brigade, who’d fought with Thomas Francis Meagher in the American Civil War. But rather than picturing him in battle, I saw him on a ship heading for Ireland to find his family. That Civil War hero became Cavan Callaghan, hero of my soon-to-be-released novel, “Coming Home.”

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  36. Thanks for the kind comments about my hero Killian. And I love all these different ways of being inspired! It’s amazing, isn’t it, how it can strike you when you least expect it and lead you down paths you never knew existed. Like Kath, I’m very often inspired by films and music can trigger things too. (And how adventurous to learn Italian and move to Greece because of what you’d read!)
    Also, like Nicola, I’ve been inspired by paintings – I love Anthony van Dyck’s pre-English civil war ones the best. His Cavaliers with their luscious hair and shiny silk clothes are wonderful.
    Never tried Feng Shui, but sounds like I should!
    And I love the sound of your hero Cavan, Cynthia, I’ll definitly look out for your novel.

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  37. Thanks for the kind comments about my hero Killian. And I love all these different ways of being inspired! It’s amazing, isn’t it, how it can strike you when you least expect it and lead you down paths you never knew existed. Like Kath, I’m very often inspired by films and music can trigger things too. (And how adventurous to learn Italian and move to Greece because of what you’d read!)
    Also, like Nicola, I’ve been inspired by paintings – I love Anthony van Dyck’s pre-English civil war ones the best. His Cavaliers with their luscious hair and shiny silk clothes are wonderful.
    Never tried Feng Shui, but sounds like I should!
    And I love the sound of your hero Cavan, Cynthia, I’ll definitly look out for your novel.

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  38. Thanks for the kind comments about my hero Killian. And I love all these different ways of being inspired! It’s amazing, isn’t it, how it can strike you when you least expect it and lead you down paths you never knew existed. Like Kath, I’m very often inspired by films and music can trigger things too. (And how adventurous to learn Italian and move to Greece because of what you’d read!)
    Also, like Nicola, I’ve been inspired by paintings – I love Anthony van Dyck’s pre-English civil war ones the best. His Cavaliers with their luscious hair and shiny silk clothes are wonderful.
    Never tried Feng Shui, but sounds like I should!
    And I love the sound of your hero Cavan, Cynthia, I’ll definitly look out for your novel.

    Reply
  39. Thanks for the kind comments about my hero Killian. And I love all these different ways of being inspired! It’s amazing, isn’t it, how it can strike you when you least expect it and lead you down paths you never knew existed. Like Kath, I’m very often inspired by films and music can trigger things too. (And how adventurous to learn Italian and move to Greece because of what you’d read!)
    Also, like Nicola, I’ve been inspired by paintings – I love Anthony van Dyck’s pre-English civil war ones the best. His Cavaliers with their luscious hair and shiny silk clothes are wonderful.
    Never tried Feng Shui, but sounds like I should!
    And I love the sound of your hero Cavan, Cynthia, I’ll definitly look out for your novel.

    Reply
  40. Thanks for the kind comments about my hero Killian. And I love all these different ways of being inspired! It’s amazing, isn’t it, how it can strike you when you least expect it and lead you down paths you never knew existed. Like Kath, I’m very often inspired by films and music can trigger things too. (And how adventurous to learn Italian and move to Greece because of what you’d read!)
    Also, like Nicola, I’ve been inspired by paintings – I love Anthony van Dyck’s pre-English civil war ones the best. His Cavaliers with their luscious hair and shiny silk clothes are wonderful.
    Never tried Feng Shui, but sounds like I should!
    And I love the sound of your hero Cavan, Cynthia, I’ll definitly look out for your novel.

    Reply
  41. Wow, Killian sounds gorgeous! I can’t wait for the book to come out so that I can read more about him. It was fascinating to read about your inspirations for the book – isn’t it funny that something as small(!) as the sight of a sailing ship could send you in such directions. My inspiration for my heroes come from odd places too, one (Cal) was inspired by the sight of a walking stick! I guess it just goes to show that inspiration can strike any where or any when.

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  42. Wow, Killian sounds gorgeous! I can’t wait for the book to come out so that I can read more about him. It was fascinating to read about your inspirations for the book – isn’t it funny that something as small(!) as the sight of a sailing ship could send you in such directions. My inspiration for my heroes come from odd places too, one (Cal) was inspired by the sight of a walking stick! I guess it just goes to show that inspiration can strike any where or any when.

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  43. Wow, Killian sounds gorgeous! I can’t wait for the book to come out so that I can read more about him. It was fascinating to read about your inspirations for the book – isn’t it funny that something as small(!) as the sight of a sailing ship could send you in such directions. My inspiration for my heroes come from odd places too, one (Cal) was inspired by the sight of a walking stick! I guess it just goes to show that inspiration can strike any where or any when.

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  44. Wow, Killian sounds gorgeous! I can’t wait for the book to come out so that I can read more about him. It was fascinating to read about your inspirations for the book – isn’t it funny that something as small(!) as the sight of a sailing ship could send you in such directions. My inspiration for my heroes come from odd places too, one (Cal) was inspired by the sight of a walking stick! I guess it just goes to show that inspiration can strike any where or any when.

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  45. Wow, Killian sounds gorgeous! I can’t wait for the book to come out so that I can read more about him. It was fascinating to read about your inspirations for the book – isn’t it funny that something as small(!) as the sight of a sailing ship could send you in such directions. My inspiration for my heroes come from odd places too, one (Cal) was inspired by the sight of a walking stick! I guess it just goes to show that inspiration can strike any where or any when.

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  46. I really enjoyed the post and the exerpt of Trade Winds. It sounds like a lovely story.
    I can’t say I’ve ever been inspired by anything strange or different, but I’ve really enjoyed everyone else’s stories.

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  47. I really enjoyed the post and the exerpt of Trade Winds. It sounds like a lovely story.
    I can’t say I’ve ever been inspired by anything strange or different, but I’ve really enjoyed everyone else’s stories.

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  48. I really enjoyed the post and the exerpt of Trade Winds. It sounds like a lovely story.
    I can’t say I’ve ever been inspired by anything strange or different, but I’ve really enjoyed everyone else’s stories.

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  49. I really enjoyed the post and the exerpt of Trade Winds. It sounds like a lovely story.
    I can’t say I’ve ever been inspired by anything strange or different, but I’ve really enjoyed everyone else’s stories.

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  50. I really enjoyed the post and the exerpt of Trade Winds. It sounds like a lovely story.
    I can’t say I’ve ever been inspired by anything strange or different, but I’ve really enjoyed everyone else’s stories.

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  51. Aloha, Christina! Congrats on TRADE WINDS! As Julie Cohen wrote, I can imagine you standing in Gotheborg and letting your imagination run wild! We hope to visit China in the spring where the hustle and bustle will be overwhelming but inspiring.
    I take a power walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel – each morning I am inspired by so many sights and sounds: tugs pullout out mothballed ships, the Coast Guard escorting the nuclear subs, tropical fish swimming along the shallow edge, the surf rolling over in the distance, and even the sailors “manning the rails” as they pull into port. I’ve even seen a giant golf ball (it was a satellite dish on a platform, being tugged out to sea after repair).
    These sights inspire me to share what I see with others on my blog (not so different but I do enjoy the creative opportunity).

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  52. Aloha, Christina! Congrats on TRADE WINDS! As Julie Cohen wrote, I can imagine you standing in Gotheborg and letting your imagination run wild! We hope to visit China in the spring where the hustle and bustle will be overwhelming but inspiring.
    I take a power walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel – each morning I am inspired by so many sights and sounds: tugs pullout out mothballed ships, the Coast Guard escorting the nuclear subs, tropical fish swimming along the shallow edge, the surf rolling over in the distance, and even the sailors “manning the rails” as they pull into port. I’ve even seen a giant golf ball (it was a satellite dish on a platform, being tugged out to sea after repair).
    These sights inspire me to share what I see with others on my blog (not so different but I do enjoy the creative opportunity).

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  53. Aloha, Christina! Congrats on TRADE WINDS! As Julie Cohen wrote, I can imagine you standing in Gotheborg and letting your imagination run wild! We hope to visit China in the spring where the hustle and bustle will be overwhelming but inspiring.
    I take a power walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel – each morning I am inspired by so many sights and sounds: tugs pullout out mothballed ships, the Coast Guard escorting the nuclear subs, tropical fish swimming along the shallow edge, the surf rolling over in the distance, and even the sailors “manning the rails” as they pull into port. I’ve even seen a giant golf ball (it was a satellite dish on a platform, being tugged out to sea after repair).
    These sights inspire me to share what I see with others on my blog (not so different but I do enjoy the creative opportunity).

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  54. Aloha, Christina! Congrats on TRADE WINDS! As Julie Cohen wrote, I can imagine you standing in Gotheborg and letting your imagination run wild! We hope to visit China in the spring where the hustle and bustle will be overwhelming but inspiring.
    I take a power walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel – each morning I am inspired by so many sights and sounds: tugs pullout out mothballed ships, the Coast Guard escorting the nuclear subs, tropical fish swimming along the shallow edge, the surf rolling over in the distance, and even the sailors “manning the rails” as they pull into port. I’ve even seen a giant golf ball (it was a satellite dish on a platform, being tugged out to sea after repair).
    These sights inspire me to share what I see with others on my blog (not so different but I do enjoy the creative opportunity).

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  55. Aloha, Christina! Congrats on TRADE WINDS! As Julie Cohen wrote, I can imagine you standing in Gotheborg and letting your imagination run wild! We hope to visit China in the spring where the hustle and bustle will be overwhelming but inspiring.
    I take a power walk along the Pearl Harbor Channel – each morning I am inspired by so many sights and sounds: tugs pullout out mothballed ships, the Coast Guard escorting the nuclear subs, tropical fish swimming along the shallow edge, the surf rolling over in the distance, and even the sailors “manning the rails” as they pull into port. I’ve even seen a giant golf ball (it was a satellite dish on a platform, being tugged out to sea after repair).
    These sights inspire me to share what I see with others on my blog (not so different but I do enjoy the creative opportunity).

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  56. Aloha, Kim – that was a very evocative description and it took me back because I’ve been to Pearl Harbor, many years ago! I can see how all those sights inspire you to write.
    Thanks also to Chris, Jane and Barbara for your comments. A walking stick, Jane? That’s definitely different!
    I forgot to say that the strangest thing I’ve been influence by is probably a sumo wrestler – he had the cutest smile so I had to base a story on him. How could I resist?

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  57. Aloha, Kim – that was a very evocative description and it took me back because I’ve been to Pearl Harbor, many years ago! I can see how all those sights inspire you to write.
    Thanks also to Chris, Jane and Barbara for your comments. A walking stick, Jane? That’s definitely different!
    I forgot to say that the strangest thing I’ve been influence by is probably a sumo wrestler – he had the cutest smile so I had to base a story on him. How could I resist?

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  58. Aloha, Kim – that was a very evocative description and it took me back because I’ve been to Pearl Harbor, many years ago! I can see how all those sights inspire you to write.
    Thanks also to Chris, Jane and Barbara for your comments. A walking stick, Jane? That’s definitely different!
    I forgot to say that the strangest thing I’ve been influence by is probably a sumo wrestler – he had the cutest smile so I had to base a story on him. How could I resist?

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  59. Aloha, Kim – that was a very evocative description and it took me back because I’ve been to Pearl Harbor, many years ago! I can see how all those sights inspire you to write.
    Thanks also to Chris, Jane and Barbara for your comments. A walking stick, Jane? That’s definitely different!
    I forgot to say that the strangest thing I’ve been influence by is probably a sumo wrestler – he had the cutest smile so I had to base a story on him. How could I resist?

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  60. Aloha, Kim – that was a very evocative description and it took me back because I’ve been to Pearl Harbor, many years ago! I can see how all those sights inspire you to write.
    Thanks also to Chris, Jane and Barbara for your comments. A walking stick, Jane? That’s definitely different!
    I forgot to say that the strangest thing I’ve been influence by is probably a sumo wrestler – he had the cutest smile so I had to base a story on him. How could I resist?

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  61. This books sounds fantastic I do love travelling in the stories I read and this location I haven’t been to as yet I have added this book to my must read list.
    As for writing or decorating no not me I am sure I have no imagination LOL that is probably one of the reasons I love to read so much and have authors take me on great adventures around the world.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  62. This books sounds fantastic I do love travelling in the stories I read and this location I haven’t been to as yet I have added this book to my must read list.
    As for writing or decorating no not me I am sure I have no imagination LOL that is probably one of the reasons I love to read so much and have authors take me on great adventures around the world.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  63. This books sounds fantastic I do love travelling in the stories I read and this location I haven’t been to as yet I have added this book to my must read list.
    As for writing or decorating no not me I am sure I have no imagination LOL that is probably one of the reasons I love to read so much and have authors take me on great adventures around the world.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  64. This books sounds fantastic I do love travelling in the stories I read and this location I haven’t been to as yet I have added this book to my must read list.
    As for writing or decorating no not me I am sure I have no imagination LOL that is probably one of the reasons I love to read so much and have authors take me on great adventures around the world.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  65. This books sounds fantastic I do love travelling in the stories I read and this location I haven’t been to as yet I have added this book to my must read list.
    As for writing or decorating no not me I am sure I have no imagination LOL that is probably one of the reasons I love to read so much and have authors take me on great adventures around the world.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  66. I had a past life regression and was inspired to train as a hypnotherapist. I left the company where I had been working for 16 years and set up my own practice.

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  67. I had a past life regression and was inspired to train as a hypnotherapist. I left the company where I had been working for 16 years and set up my own practice.

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  68. I had a past life regression and was inspired to train as a hypnotherapist. I left the company where I had been working for 16 years and set up my own practice.

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  69. I had a past life regression and was inspired to train as a hypnotherapist. I left the company where I had been working for 16 years and set up my own practice.

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  70. I had a past life regression and was inspired to train as a hypnotherapist. I left the company where I had been working for 16 years and set up my own practice.

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  71. Thank you, Patricia, yes this is great fun!
    Helen – I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sweden and China via my novel then. Please let me know what you think!
    Morton – wow, I’d love to try past life regression some time. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era (or have lived before), but then I guess a lot of historical writers probably feel the same way. I’m drawn to certain times in the past more than others and I can’t help wondering why …

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  72. Thank you, Patricia, yes this is great fun!
    Helen – I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sweden and China via my novel then. Please let me know what you think!
    Morton – wow, I’d love to try past life regression some time. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era (or have lived before), but then I guess a lot of historical writers probably feel the same way. I’m drawn to certain times in the past more than others and I can’t help wondering why …

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  73. Thank you, Patricia, yes this is great fun!
    Helen – I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sweden and China via my novel then. Please let me know what you think!
    Morton – wow, I’d love to try past life regression some time. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era (or have lived before), but then I guess a lot of historical writers probably feel the same way. I’m drawn to certain times in the past more than others and I can’t help wondering why …

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  74. Thank you, Patricia, yes this is great fun!
    Helen – I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sweden and China via my novel then. Please let me know what you think!
    Morton – wow, I’d love to try past life regression some time. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era (or have lived before), but then I guess a lot of historical writers probably feel the same way. I’m drawn to certain times in the past more than others and I can’t help wondering why …

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  75. Thank you, Patricia, yes this is great fun!
    Helen – I hope you’ll enjoy visiting Sweden and China via my novel then. Please let me know what you think!
    Morton – wow, I’d love to try past life regression some time. I’ve always felt I was born in the wrong era (or have lived before), but then I guess a lot of historical writers probably feel the same way. I’m drawn to certain times in the past more than others and I can’t help wondering why …

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  76. Thanks for visiting WW, Christina. I love travel and exotic destinations (especially in a historical romance) so am really looking forward to reading Killian’s whole story.
    Sailing ships fascinate me too, and after visiting Marrakech earlier this year, and learning a little more about the trading caravans and the Barbary pirates who plied the waters of modern-day Morocco, I’m really keen on doing a book or series about a swashbuckling privateer set in the Mediterranean.

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  77. Thanks for visiting WW, Christina. I love travel and exotic destinations (especially in a historical romance) so am really looking forward to reading Killian’s whole story.
    Sailing ships fascinate me too, and after visiting Marrakech earlier this year, and learning a little more about the trading caravans and the Barbary pirates who plied the waters of modern-day Morocco, I’m really keen on doing a book or series about a swashbuckling privateer set in the Mediterranean.

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  78. Thanks for visiting WW, Christina. I love travel and exotic destinations (especially in a historical romance) so am really looking forward to reading Killian’s whole story.
    Sailing ships fascinate me too, and after visiting Marrakech earlier this year, and learning a little more about the trading caravans and the Barbary pirates who plied the waters of modern-day Morocco, I’m really keen on doing a book or series about a swashbuckling privateer set in the Mediterranean.

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  79. Thanks for visiting WW, Christina. I love travel and exotic destinations (especially in a historical romance) so am really looking forward to reading Killian’s whole story.
    Sailing ships fascinate me too, and after visiting Marrakech earlier this year, and learning a little more about the trading caravans and the Barbary pirates who plied the waters of modern-day Morocco, I’m really keen on doing a book or series about a swashbuckling privateer set in the Mediterranean.

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  80. Thanks for visiting WW, Christina. I love travel and exotic destinations (especially in a historical romance) so am really looking forward to reading Killian’s whole story.
    Sailing ships fascinate me too, and after visiting Marrakech earlier this year, and learning a little more about the trading caravans and the Barbary pirates who plied the waters of modern-day Morocco, I’m really keen on doing a book or series about a swashbuckling privateer set in the Mediterranean.

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  81. What a fascinating story behind the story. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read the book. I was inspired to decorate with lighthouses after I was sent some lighthouse postcards in the mail. That began my fascination with lighthouses. I hope to see one in person some day.

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  82. What a fascinating story behind the story. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read the book. I was inspired to decorate with lighthouses after I was sent some lighthouse postcards in the mail. That began my fascination with lighthouses. I hope to see one in person some day.

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  83. What a fascinating story behind the story. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read the book. I was inspired to decorate with lighthouses after I was sent some lighthouse postcards in the mail. That began my fascination with lighthouses. I hope to see one in person some day.

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  84. What a fascinating story behind the story. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read the book. I was inspired to decorate with lighthouses after I was sent some lighthouse postcards in the mail. That began my fascination with lighthouses. I hope to see one in person some day.

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  85. What a fascinating story behind the story. I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read the book. I was inspired to decorate with lighthouses after I was sent some lighthouse postcards in the mail. That began my fascination with lighthouses. I hope to see one in person some day.

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  86. Thank you for having me, Cara and MaryJo, this is a great site! And I love the idea of a swashbuckling privateer in the Mediterranean, well any swashbuckling is fine with me 🙂
    Linda – lighthouses are quite special aren’t they, hope you get to visit one soon. Would make a great setting for a story too.
    Lesley – thanks!

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  87. Thank you for having me, Cara and MaryJo, this is a great site! And I love the idea of a swashbuckling privateer in the Mediterranean, well any swashbuckling is fine with me 🙂
    Linda – lighthouses are quite special aren’t they, hope you get to visit one soon. Would make a great setting for a story too.
    Lesley – thanks!

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  88. Thank you for having me, Cara and MaryJo, this is a great site! And I love the idea of a swashbuckling privateer in the Mediterranean, well any swashbuckling is fine with me 🙂
    Linda – lighthouses are quite special aren’t they, hope you get to visit one soon. Would make a great setting for a story too.
    Lesley – thanks!

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  89. Thank you for having me, Cara and MaryJo, this is a great site! And I love the idea of a swashbuckling privateer in the Mediterranean, well any swashbuckling is fine with me 🙂
    Linda – lighthouses are quite special aren’t they, hope you get to visit one soon. Would make a great setting for a story too.
    Lesley – thanks!

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  90. Thank you for having me, Cara and MaryJo, this is a great site! And I love the idea of a swashbuckling privateer in the Mediterranean, well any swashbuckling is fine with me 🙂
    Linda – lighthouses are quite special aren’t they, hope you get to visit one soon. Would make a great setting for a story too.
    Lesley – thanks!

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  91. Sherrie, here. Welcome to Wenchlandia, Christina! I loved how you got your inspiration for Trade Winds. And Killian Kinross sounds very yummy indeed! I have a funny to tell you: After reading your interview I had to run into town to pick up tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama concert. While I was standing at the box office making my purchase, a side door opened and a burley man in a kilt rolled a piece of stage scenery past me. I didn’t see his face, and thought to myself, “That could be Kinross!” Then he turned around and I saw that he was elderly, with a big bushy beard. I almost laughed out loud, because the face was anything but heroic!
    I get my inspiration so easily that it’s sometimes hard to turn off the inspiration machine. The smell of fresh, line-dried sheets inspired me to write a scene where my heroine loved the scent of the hero’s sun dried linen shirt. One time, I felt what I thought was my then-husband’s sweet nuzzle on the back of my neck, only to discover that it was my dog. *g* However, the initial thrill inspired me to run to my computer to write a scene where the hero nuzzles the heroine. LOL!

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  92. Sherrie, here. Welcome to Wenchlandia, Christina! I loved how you got your inspiration for Trade Winds. And Killian Kinross sounds very yummy indeed! I have a funny to tell you: After reading your interview I had to run into town to pick up tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama concert. While I was standing at the box office making my purchase, a side door opened and a burley man in a kilt rolled a piece of stage scenery past me. I didn’t see his face, and thought to myself, “That could be Kinross!” Then he turned around and I saw that he was elderly, with a big bushy beard. I almost laughed out loud, because the face was anything but heroic!
    I get my inspiration so easily that it’s sometimes hard to turn off the inspiration machine. The smell of fresh, line-dried sheets inspired me to write a scene where my heroine loved the scent of the hero’s sun dried linen shirt. One time, I felt what I thought was my then-husband’s sweet nuzzle on the back of my neck, only to discover that it was my dog. *g* However, the initial thrill inspired me to run to my computer to write a scene where the hero nuzzles the heroine. LOL!

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  93. Sherrie, here. Welcome to Wenchlandia, Christina! I loved how you got your inspiration for Trade Winds. And Killian Kinross sounds very yummy indeed! I have a funny to tell you: After reading your interview I had to run into town to pick up tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama concert. While I was standing at the box office making my purchase, a side door opened and a burley man in a kilt rolled a piece of stage scenery past me. I didn’t see his face, and thought to myself, “That could be Kinross!” Then he turned around and I saw that he was elderly, with a big bushy beard. I almost laughed out loud, because the face was anything but heroic!
    I get my inspiration so easily that it’s sometimes hard to turn off the inspiration machine. The smell of fresh, line-dried sheets inspired me to write a scene where my heroine loved the scent of the hero’s sun dried linen shirt. One time, I felt what I thought was my then-husband’s sweet nuzzle on the back of my neck, only to discover that it was my dog. *g* However, the initial thrill inspired me to run to my computer to write a scene where the hero nuzzles the heroine. LOL!

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  94. Sherrie, here. Welcome to Wenchlandia, Christina! I loved how you got your inspiration for Trade Winds. And Killian Kinross sounds very yummy indeed! I have a funny to tell you: After reading your interview I had to run into town to pick up tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama concert. While I was standing at the box office making my purchase, a side door opened and a burley man in a kilt rolled a piece of stage scenery past me. I didn’t see his face, and thought to myself, “That could be Kinross!” Then he turned around and I saw that he was elderly, with a big bushy beard. I almost laughed out loud, because the face was anything but heroic!
    I get my inspiration so easily that it’s sometimes hard to turn off the inspiration machine. The smell of fresh, line-dried sheets inspired me to write a scene where my heroine loved the scent of the hero’s sun dried linen shirt. One time, I felt what I thought was my then-husband’s sweet nuzzle on the back of my neck, only to discover that it was my dog. *g* However, the initial thrill inspired me to run to my computer to write a scene where the hero nuzzles the heroine. LOL!

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  95. Sherrie, here. Welcome to Wenchlandia, Christina! I loved how you got your inspiration for Trade Winds. And Killian Kinross sounds very yummy indeed! I have a funny to tell you: After reading your interview I had to run into town to pick up tickets to the Blind Boys of Alabama concert. While I was standing at the box office making my purchase, a side door opened and a burley man in a kilt rolled a piece of stage scenery past me. I didn’t see his face, and thought to myself, “That could be Kinross!” Then he turned around and I saw that he was elderly, with a big bushy beard. I almost laughed out loud, because the face was anything but heroic!
    I get my inspiration so easily that it’s sometimes hard to turn off the inspiration machine. The smell of fresh, line-dried sheets inspired me to write a scene where my heroine loved the scent of the hero’s sun dried linen shirt. One time, I felt what I thought was my then-husband’s sweet nuzzle on the back of my neck, only to discover that it was my dog. *g* However, the initial thrill inspired me to run to my computer to write a scene where the hero nuzzles the heroine. LOL!

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  96. Hi Christina,
    My husband has a small sailboat so we have looked at many boats over the years and your inspiration makes perfect sense to me. Often times pictures in magazines have inspired me to make changes in my house.

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  97. Hi Christina,
    My husband has a small sailboat so we have looked at many boats over the years and your inspiration makes perfect sense to me. Often times pictures in magazines have inspired me to make changes in my house.

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  98. Hi Christina,
    My husband has a small sailboat so we have looked at many boats over the years and your inspiration makes perfect sense to me. Often times pictures in magazines have inspired me to make changes in my house.

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  99. Hi Christina,
    My husband has a small sailboat so we have looked at many boats over the years and your inspiration makes perfect sense to me. Often times pictures in magazines have inspired me to make changes in my house.

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  100. Hi Christina,
    My husband has a small sailboat so we have looked at many boats over the years and your inspiration makes perfect sense to me. Often times pictures in magazines have inspired me to make changes in my house.

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  101. Thanks again for having me, Sherrie and Nicola! A great shame the Scotsman you saw wasn’t a Killian look-alike, but what a coincidence!
    And love your other inspirations.
    Maureen – yes, magazine pictures can be great for ideas. I keep a cuttings file of stuff I’d like to do in my house and it’s come in useful from time to time.
    Thank you all again – this has been great!

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  102. Thanks again for having me, Sherrie and Nicola! A great shame the Scotsman you saw wasn’t a Killian look-alike, but what a coincidence!
    And love your other inspirations.
    Maureen – yes, magazine pictures can be great for ideas. I keep a cuttings file of stuff I’d like to do in my house and it’s come in useful from time to time.
    Thank you all again – this has been great!

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  103. Thanks again for having me, Sherrie and Nicola! A great shame the Scotsman you saw wasn’t a Killian look-alike, but what a coincidence!
    And love your other inspirations.
    Maureen – yes, magazine pictures can be great for ideas. I keep a cuttings file of stuff I’d like to do in my house and it’s come in useful from time to time.
    Thank you all again – this has been great!

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  104. Thanks again for having me, Sherrie and Nicola! A great shame the Scotsman you saw wasn’t a Killian look-alike, but what a coincidence!
    And love your other inspirations.
    Maureen – yes, magazine pictures can be great for ideas. I keep a cuttings file of stuff I’d like to do in my house and it’s come in useful from time to time.
    Thank you all again – this has been great!

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  105. Thanks again for having me, Sherrie and Nicola! A great shame the Scotsman you saw wasn’t a Killian look-alike, but what a coincidence!
    And love your other inspirations.
    Maureen – yes, magazine pictures can be great for ideas. I keep a cuttings file of stuff I’d like to do in my house and it’s come in useful from time to time.
    Thank you all again – this has been great!

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  106. Thanks, Daz! I love that the background and history was a bit different and that I learned something reading Christina’s book – as well as had a really lovely time watching Jess and Killian fall in love!

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  107. Thanks, Daz! I love that the background and history was a bit different and that I learned something reading Christina’s book – as well as had a really lovely time watching Jess and Killian fall in love!

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  108. Thanks, Daz! I love that the background and history was a bit different and that I learned something reading Christina’s book – as well as had a really lovely time watching Jess and Killian fall in love!

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  109. Thanks, Daz! I love that the background and history was a bit different and that I learned something reading Christina’s book – as well as had a really lovely time watching Jess and Killian fall in love!

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  110. Thanks, Daz! I love that the background and history was a bit different and that I learned something reading Christina’s book – as well as had a really lovely time watching Jess and Killian fall in love!

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