Visiting historic places is for me both a joy and a bane. I'm invariably inspired to start a new story right away. Then, of course, I have to deal with the voice in my head which nags at me to knuckle down and finish the one I'm working on.
But who could resist Ightham Mote at Halloween? Certainly not me, so on 31st October I drove into Kent for a mulled wine reception followed by a candlelit tour of this medieval moated manor house.
Visitors to Ightham Mote rarely get the opportunity to view the house at night so it was a real treat. And the weather was clement. The cloud abated allowing a full moon to shine through a hazy and atmospheric sky. If ever there was a night to turn a writer of contemporary romance into a writer of the supernatural, this was it.