Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words



About the author...

Jennifer Bohnet is originally from the West Country but now lives in the wilds of rural Brittany, France. She's always written alongside having various jobs: playgroup leader, bookseller, landlady, restauranteur, farmer's wife, secretary/p,a - the list is endless but does provide a rich vein of inspiration for her romantic comedies. To find out more about Jennifer visit her website.

Hi everyone, my photos today are all connected to my life in France. They have all inspired my writing in some way. When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch - lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. Rosie’s Little Cafe on the Riviera is my tenth book and I’m thrilled @HQDigitalUK are issuing it in paperback in conjunction with Sainsbury’s.

My cat! Little’un was a stray who turned up one morning and eventually moved in. I really mis-named him because as you can see he is one huge cat! One of his favourite positions these days is stretched out on my desk across the keyboard. Stroking him when I’m stuck for an idea is very soothing and he’s also appeared in several of my short stories.

St.Honarat and its sister island St.Marguerite are just a fifteen minute boat ride away from the glamorous and materialistic Cannes. It’s a boat ride that literally transports you to another world where monks quietly tend the land and their vines. Visiting the island, listening to the monks chanting and then wandering around its coastal path always lifted my spirits and invariably motivated me with a flash of inspiration.

The Monaco Royal family love the circus and had a huge permanent big top constructed in the Fontvieille district. Every January circus acts from all over the world converge on Monaco competing to win coveted prizes presented by the family. My daughter and her family were visiting one year and we managed to buy some tickets and spent a wonderful afternoon in the big top - although personally I was relieved when the cannon shooting the lady across the ring failed to work. Throughout the year the circus tent is used for all sorts of events - including, can you imagine in Monaco, a large jumble sale around Christmas time. It’s a jumble sale that has already featured in several of my short stories - I’m sure it will make an appearance in a novel one day.

I love this faded painted doorway near one of our favourite coffee shops here in Brittany. Every time I look at it I see a different story. I hope no-one ever ‘restores’ it - the magic would be gone.

We camped at Carcassone when we cycled down the canal paths from Roscoff to the south when we first came to France. Despite the throngs of tourists milling around I loved this medieval city and have plans to visit it again as I have an idea for a time slip story set there...

People tend to look at me in disbelief when I say we had more snow when we lived down south than we’ve ever had up here - yet! So this is just a picture to show that yes, it does snow down on the Riviera! 

But then the snow disappears and you know spring is on its way when the Mimosa blossoms along the length of the Cote d’Azur. Mornings sitting at my favourite pavement cafe for a spot of people watching and making notes for the next writing project would soon be back on the agenda. We have a small mimosa tree in our hamlet here but it simply can’t compete with the mass flowering of down south.

Thank you, Jennifer, for the insight into your writing world!