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L is for … The Language Barrier

Who doesn’t love a foreign accent? Add to that an exotic location, whether it’s a sun-soaked beach resort or the heart of a vibrant city, oozing culture, then I’m hooked already.

As a linguist, I love hearing different languages around me and as a result, I crave foreign settings for my characters.  Which is why I base my stories in Europe – places I’ve visited and can relate to. Of course, that means incorporating language relative to the area as well as customs and – not forgetting – food!

Naturally, these elements also allow for misdirection and misunderstandings that can create all sorts of havoc for my characters.

In the end, though, it is our commonality that I hope to show. While variety is the spice of life, we all want the raw ingredients to blend together well.

Courting Dangers takes place primarily in Portugal, while the spin-off series featuring the Blackleaf agency will travel across northern Europe, into Holland and Germany.  Already, I’m salivating at the cultural and edible choices awaiting me 🙂

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Dreams can come true and mine was to live in Spain forever and ever ....  Well, after studying languages many years ago I became totally enamoured with all things Spanish, I finally made the big move for a more 'relaxed' lifestyle in 2003.  Since then, I have been teaching Spanish to Ex-pats and translating. Also, I trained as a Community Manager (Social Media) so that I have a genuine excuse to be on Facebook, Twitter and the Internet for hours on end, but then I started to write. My first attempt was for NaNo 2012 with 'The Nasrid Charm' (a story set in Spain and the Afterlife.) Like most first drafts, this is in need of serious revision and has been placed on the backburner, while I pursue my mystery stories. I'll get back to it - one day :) 

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