If you were with me, I’d take you to the Doubler Stones, where thousands of years ago, Neolithic peoples carved channels in the rock to drain away the blood from their sacrifices. I would show you where the plover nests, and the green hairstreak butterfly lays its eggs. I love this place. I love this land. It’s part of me, it’s part of who I am. But it’s no place for you: a seven-year-old girl in a princess costume.
If you’d like to find out a bit more about what inspired me to write The Stolen Child, I’ve created a Pinterest board and answered a few questions here:
I grew up on either side of Ilkley moor, from the age of 8 to 18. I’ve set the novel in Ilkley, with some of the key scenes taking place on the moor, and bringing in a few chilling elements, such as the Doubler Stones, which may have been used for blood sacrifices…
Let me know what you think!