I grew up in a seaside resort, albeit a very faded, past its best one, so I've always loved the seaside, even out of season when it's drizzly and windy and there's no one around. There's a certain drama and romance about it.
We live about half an hour from Lytham St Annes now and we go there a lot. It's got pretty much everything I want from a place - a beach, a pier, independent bookshops, cute cafes and coffee shops, a boating lake and a fairground for the kids. And fish and chips. And ice cream. Honestly, why would anyone go anywhere else?
Plus, every single time I go I get snippets of story ideas. I've taken so many 'research' photos in Lytham that the locals probably suspect I'm some sort of spy. (Yes, I know, it's probably much more likely that they haven't noticed me at all, but, you know, I don't get out much, let me have my fantasies!)a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now I just need to go back for more photos.
When I was writing Della Says: OMG and wanted Della and her friends to have a day out, Lytham seemed like the obvious choice and the chapter set there turned out to be one of my favourite parts of the book. They go on a sunny day and do sunny seaside things, but I've recently been thinking about setting a book in a seaside resort in the winter. Something really appeals to me about snuggling up in a big coat and boots and drinking hot chocolate on a snowy beach, watching wild waves rolling in...
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