Years ago while backpacking in England, I made a special point to visit Cornwall. My copies of the Poldark saga were dog-eared and I longed to see the duchy made famous in print and on the television series.

Of course, I was not disappointed. Cornwall was beautiful and amazing. We walked on the sand at Marazion and crossed to St. Michael’s Mount. We marveled at palm trees growing in Penzance and soaked in the friendly people and atmosphere.

So when the idea for my soon-to-be-published book first surfaced, a riff on the Beauty and the Beast trope, I chose Cornwall as the ideal location for my scarred hero to hide himself away. A marriage of convenience to a spirited young widow drags him back to reclaim his life. But can he claim her love?

How to Marry a Beast – coming soon from Blushing Books.