Liz Fenwick talks about her novel
A Cornish Stranger
Fenwick-Cornish Stranger
Save a stranger from the sea, he’ll turn your enemy…

I found that old Cornish saying while doing research for A Cornish Affair and when I saw it something inside went ping- first because it goes against the normal thinking regarding saving someone. You expect gratitude, reward, or even love – not an enemy. So there was instant conflict – going against normal expectations. Second, it met and clicked with my desire to set a book in the cabin that sits at the mouth of Frenchman’s Creek – a place of such lonely beauty it had been calling to me for a while. Once I had those two things I knew this would be a story about a grandmother and a granddaughter.

Very quickly questions came to mind. Why would someone choose to live so remotely? What would it be like there almost perched in the pines above the creek? How would they feel? Safe? Isolated? Frightened? The story very quickly began to pull together of a famous artist, wanting to escape the world and then her granddaughter, wanting to do the same but for very different reasons. Their secrets both pulled them together yet kept them apart. After all who is the stranger and do we really even know our selves or our closest companions?

I love how one apparently small thing, such as a saying, can pull other ideas together and form the basis for a story. It’s one of the great joys of writing for me…well, that and being able to work in my PJs.


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