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Christina Courtenay - The Inspiration behind Monsoon Mists
Monsoon Mists published by Choc LitThis is a historical romance and adventure story, set in India in 1759, and it's the third book in my Kinross series (although it can be read as a stand-alone). I hadn't planned to write a trilogy at all and when I finished the first book in the series, Trade Winds, I thought I was done with the Kinross family, but the characters just wouldn't leave my head. I ended up writing the second book, Highland Storms, about Brice, the son of the couple in Trade Winds. In that story, his younger brother Jamie seemed to be the villain of the piece, but he had his reasons and he wouldn't stop nagging me until I'd written down his take on it too. In the end I did, and I'm glad because I've enjoyed spending more time with this family.
This was great for me, because it allowed me to spend a lot of "research" time looking at collections of fantastic jewels and gemstones - mostly in museums, but also in jewellery shops in Old Bond Street in London. Not a hardship at all!