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Deborah Martin

Genre: Georgian Period, England, Historical Romance

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Once in a while, an author gets enamored with a character or setting and just has to write about them. That's what happened to me with my last historical, Stormswept. By the time I'd finished writing it, I'd not only fallen in love with Wales, but with a little boy named Evan Newcome, a genius who'd had a pretty rough childhood. My only choice was to center my next book, windswept, around him.

That's when all the spooky stuff started. For one thing, after I developed Evan as a farmer's son who is the proteg of Squire Rhys Vaughan (the hero of Stormswept) and grows up to be a famous scholar, I discovered something startling in my research. There actually had been a famous scholar in 18th-century Wales named Evan Evans, who'd been born a farmer's son but had been taken under the wing of a Squire William Vaughn!

And then there was my heroine. After picking the name of Black Mountain out of a travel book on Wales, I decided to put my heroine in a town near Black Mountain and give her the nickname of Lady of Black Mountain. Then I read about the legend of the Lady of Llyn Y Fan Fach and changed my mind, deciding to put my heroine near Llyn Y Fan Fach instead. To my surprise, when I went to locate Llyn Y Fan Fach on the map, I discovered that it was in the shadow of Black Mountain.

But the supreme sign of Fate's hand in this book came months after I'd finished writing it. My mother's family had never been able to determine the origin of their surname-Way. Then my aunt visited the United Kingdom, and discovered Way is a Welsh name!

Since the hero and heroine spend most of the book seeking the key to both their fates-an ancient druidic chalice tied to a curse-I don't suppose it's too surprising that the writing of the book should have been full of such spooky coincidences. But it did teach me one thing. Writing can be a mysterious profession!

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