Where does inspiration come from? It comes from all around us, from things we see, hear, imagine, remember. And some things feels so special that they have to be shared in story form. I had always loved horse-drawn gypsy caravans, and when we occasionally saw one on the quiet Scottish country roads where we used to live, it was just magic.
Then my friend Karen, who lives in Ireland, got a bow-top gypsy wagon and the magic got better still! On trips to visit, we got to sleep in the bow-top wagon and I dreamed of putting it into a book one day. In the end, I put the bow-top wagon into a whole series, The Chocolate Box Girls - it became the prototype for the caravan that serves as Cherry's bedroom in Cherry Crush. In Marshmallow Skye, I wrote more about the caravan and explored its history with the character Clara Travers, and in Summer's Dream the caravan even starred in a TV film!
Some places are magical... Karen's gypsy caravan certainly was, and I felt the same about the tepee I had for years until we moved from Scotland. So... do YOU have a special place, a bolt-hole, a hideaway? A tree-house maybe, or a summer-house, or an attic room? A yurt or a caravan or even just a hammock in the garden in the summertime? A shed, a den, a tent... somewhere you can escape from reality and dream?
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