Smiles from Queen Anne

ShadowStairwayPart 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.

QAHighschool1Flora 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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2 thoughts on “Smiles from Queen Anne

  1. After I read “Waiting to Exhale” I really wanted to see the red rocks in Sedona, Arizona. I had never heard of the place before reading the book. I love places with some sort of geographic interest, like Sedona, the Grand Canyon, the painted desert, Carlsbad Caverns. One of the most interesting places I ever went was Lassen Volanic Park in northern California. Lots of gorgeous scenery and bubbling mud!

  2. I so enjoy reading your books and can’t wait for the next one in your series. I am so proud to say I went to school with you and we graduated from Midland High together even though in those days we didn’t know each other very well. You are a wonderful writer and keep me in suspense with your books. The Queen Anne Fox was so good I had to read it all the way through, couldn’t put it down. Then Gone Missing in the Underground had me on the edge of my seat. Emma’s Garden was so well done and then Is It Safe. Wow, looking forward to the next one. Keep writing……

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