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This year is the first year in twenty four years we’ve been getting one night a month respite for our disabled son Jaimea. So we decided to make the most of it and book hotel stays in the Lake District, we haven’t been able to go on holiday this year.

It’s a good year for the arrival of gorgeous Phifer grandchildren and spending quality time with the ones we already have. Last week we stayed at the lovely Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside, one of my favourite places to visit in the Lake District. We had twenty hours to ourselves and wanted to make them count.

The hotel is opposite Lake Windermere and what a gorgeous place, there is a bar and restaurant. A minute away is a pub called Water Edge which has picnic benches right next to the lake. I don’t know about you, but for me staring into the depths of Lake Windermere and the glorious hills and mountains that surround it never fails to inspire me.

We spent a couple of hours sitting on a bench in the warm sun, watching life on the lake. It’s amazing how easy it is to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine in such a gorgeous setting.

When the sun set we went back to the hotel room, I fully intended to write. I really did, the wine had other ideas though. I lay on the bed and before I knew it was asleep.

I don’t know if you know, but for the last twenty four years we’ve rarely had a full night’s sleep. Jaimea doesn’t sleep a lot and because of his complex needs that means that we don’t. When I woke up several hours later I couldn’t believe I’d fallen asleep. I didn’t beat myself up about it, I needed to rest. It’s been a busy week, I went to London for the day to the Bookouture Summer Party hosted by my publisher’s and what a day that was. In-between working at my day job and family life.

When I woke up early the next morning I decided to make the most of it, Steve was fast asleep. So I got my trusty laptop out and began to write. I’ve always been an early riser, there is something magical about being up before everyone else and enjoying the peace and quiet before the carnage begins. I made myself a coffee and spend a couple of hours writing. I’m currently working on book two in the Forensic Pathologist Beth Adams series which set in the Lake District. There was no better place to be to find some inspiration.

Helen xx

The Girl in the Grave Book one in the series available to pre-order now.


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