Hopping on the Virtual Vespa

I was thrilled to be invited to take part in Jane Bwye’s lovely series on settings today and have the chance to talk about the Lucca area in Tuscany.

Jane Bwye

We’re in for another treat today. This series on settings for books is becoming more and more interesting, as I welcome back my friend and fellow “Cat”, Katherine Johnson. Sit back and enjoy!

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I’ve written two books set in Tuscany – The Silence which was published last year and The Secret which has just been published (June 1st).

Montefegatesi Montefegatesi

I chose Tuscany as a setting for my Villa Leonida novels because of its beauty, the remote mountain villages and their multi-layered history. There are so many lovely areas in Tuscany and I wouldn’t want to claim any is better than another because they’re all amazing in different ways.

But some of the region’s best kept secrets lie far away from the art cities and Chiantishire. It seemed appropriate to set The Silence and The Secret in one of these lesser-known locations.

I had in mind the Lucca province…

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