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A Secret Garden (2017)

People often suggest ideas for books and mostly, I smile and say, ‘that’s a book for you to write.’   But an old friend and gone on about the Master Mason at Gloucester Cathedral for years and eventually I caved in and was introduced.  What a hero!  I knew I had to have him and his enormous skill in a book somehow.   

But there’s always more than one inspiration for a book and A Secret Garden has at least three.  In fact, if I think about it too hard I realise just how many there were for this one. 

One of them is bread. I think yeast is just magic and when I met The Artisan Baker I realised that in the right hands it really is!  I always love writing about food.

I was also inspired to write about a garden designer, partly by the talented and forgiving woman who looks after my garden and partly by another garden designer who’s in my choir. I do love it when I know what my character looks like from the off!

Somehow I managed to weave these ideas into a book I really enjoyed writing.

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