Part of the thrill of writing for me is to revisit an area that I fell in love with. It’s like a familiar old shoe. My imagination just climbs back into the day when I lived there and I get to see, smell, feel, and hear all that enamored me when I was there.
I so enjoyed creating The Queen Anne Fox, my first published novel and the first in the Jessica Tyson Mystery Series – set on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, WA.
Flora and fauna-lined stairways wander all the way down the hill—I would guess a half a mile distance. Stairways from the Queen Anne Apartments at the top of the hill to The King Dome and the lower Queen Anne shopping area at the bottom. A fun excursion.
Have you read other novels that entice you to visit the setting?
Half way down the hill, and a short walk along a winding road, there’s a cliff with cement benches where the view over-looking Puget Sound is spectacular. I especially loved the pink cosmos that bobbed their blossoms just above the stone wall. I still grow them each summer to remind me of Seattle as they dance in the breeze above the railing on my deck.
Is there a certain flower that elicits a fun memory for you?
One flower – lined stairway led down the side of the hill adjacent to the Five Spot, a café and gathering place. I spent many a Sunday afternoon strolling down that stairway and visiting the delightful gift shop on Upper Queen Anne.
Have you been there? Or, do you have a spot in your memory that makes you smile each time you revisit?
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