Valley of Dreams [to be published shortly] was inspired by seeing a young, Basque shepherd here in our French Pyreneen mountains. By the time I had eaten my picnic lunch I had the storyline in my head. A young divorcee and her son moving on from a disastrous marriage and reluctantly losing her heart to the Frenchman who becomes like a second father to the boy. But he’s a man with a dark and mysterious past and there are people in the tiny, isolated village who would rather not have the English woman in their midst.
When Tomorrow Comes. Listening to the radio one Sunday morning while I did the ironing, Vera Lynn, the English singer best known for entertaining the troups during the second world war, gave me the title for my second full-length saga, the story of a family fighting their own battles, led by the lovable Hildie who could make you laugh through your tears as she did her best to assure everybody that all will be well when tomorrow comes. The song that inspired me was: “There’ll be bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover…tomorrow just you wait and see.”