This is a picture of an author hard at work! Here I am enjoying the delights of glorious Sorrento perched high on its cliff, with the brooding presence of Mount Vesuvius in the background – a reminder of the dangers that lurk across the bay in Naples.
Sorrento is a town that I never wanted to leave. Its exquisitely beautiful buildings captivated me and I loved the way there were trees bearing oranges growing in abundance along the main shopping street. While the vast luscious lemons drew me irresistibly to the wonderful bottles of limoncello liqueur that flashed from every street corner.
I was there to research a setting for my new book, THE LIBERATION, but even I wasn’t prepared for what I found there. I stumbled on to workshops of the most superb inlaid woodwork. This craft is a speciality of Sorrento that I knew nothing about and it was a huge light-bulb moment for me. Yes, that was exactly what I needed! So I made my main character, Caterina Lombardi, a skilled craftswoman who was fighting to prove herself in a man’s world. But it was that skill that was to lead her into the twists and turns of a story of love and violence in post-war Naples.