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May 2018: Debut Novel Inspiration
~ Anne Barwell ~

CTR asked:
QUESTION: What inspired you to write your debut novel?

Anne Barwell said:
The song ‘Iris‘ by the Goo Goo Dolls. I heard it and immediately thought that there was a story in there. Although it’s on the soundtrack of ‘City of Angels‘ and fits with that story, I wanted to tell another one – about a writer and his muse. But as I wrote, it soon morphed into a story within a story and about a man from a world that exists along of ours, and became my debut novel: ‘Cat’s Quill‘ the first of my fantasy series Hidden Places.

As an aside I wrote it while I was studying for a conjoint degree as a way of taking a break from the stress of all of that.


Cat's Quill (Hidden Places 1) by Anne Barwell cover

Cat’s Quill (Hidden Places 1)

[Fantasy Romance, MM]

Tomas Kemp has two successful novels to his name and the true belief that a successful sequel is only a matter of a little inspiration. When Tomas meets a mysterious stranger under the branches of an old oak tree, he feels compelled to tell him about a book he holds dear and the sequel he wants to read. But Cathal doesn’t share that deep belief that the sequel Tomas seeks ends happily. Cathal has seen enough of a world where stories are real to know that happy ever after is sometimes the dream that won’t come true.

But stories have never let Tomas down, and as he follows Cathal across the reality shift between their worlds, he learns that Cathal is right: Happy ever after is never just given—but sometimes, it can be fought for and won.

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