Memories and Inspiration
The homes and places of Sparrow Falls often play an important part in the mystery. While writing the first novel, A Distant Murder, and developing my characters and settings, my mind kept returning to people and places from my childhood. The description of Ms. Tilda’s Victorian cottage in chapter five very closely resembles our next-door-neighbor’s house, a sweet (yet rather snoopy!) little old lady whose tiny cottage overflowed with a gracious sort of beauty from another era:
(The house) was a quaint, bright, fairytale cottage and neat as a pin. There were crocheted doilies on the furniture and roses on the teacups. Knick knacks were placed everywhere and in random fashion; countless tiny figurines of playful animals or sweet-tempered children, curious souvenirs from places long forgotten, photographs in swirling brass frames, and flowers. In vases, in clay pots, in chipped cups or mismatched glasses, in anything that could still hold water, Tilda MacArdan placed a flower.
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