A Single Breath Blog Tour – The Places That Inspired The Novel

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke.

We are happy to welcome Lucy Clarke to Novel Kicks. As part of her blog tour for her second novel, A Single Breath, she tells us about the places that inspired the novel.

 

I first visited Tasmania in 2011, and fell in love with its wild beauty and its remote shacks. I knew I wanted to set my next novel there, so once I had the loose plot line in place, I returned the following winter on a research trip. I spent an incredible month doing a recce of the island, working out where specific events in the novel would take place, as well interviewing many locals, including two fascinating marine biologists. While I was there, I also learnt to scuba dive, which gave me a beautiful insight into the underwater world, and helped me write the freediving scenes within the novel.

Here are a selection of photos from my research trip, which inspired the story of A Single Breath.

 

A real Tassie shack! A bit more rustic than Eva's

A real Tassie shack! A bit more rustic than Eva’s

 

My husband and friends preparing fish on a gutting bench like Saul's

My husband and friends preparing fish on a gutting bench like Saul’s

 

 

A graceful sea dragon similar to the one Eva and Saul see while freediving

A graceful sea dragon similar to the one Eva and Saul see while freediving

 

The Cape Bruny lighthouse inspried the scene where Callie takes Eva to visit a lighthouse on Eva's wedding anniversary

The Cape Bruny lighthouse inspried the scene where Callie takes Eva to visit a lighthouse on Eva’s wedding anniversary

 

Exploring the wild beaches of Bruny island

Exploring the wild beaches of Bruny island

 

Hiking with my husband near the cape where the bushfire happens

Hiking with my husband near the cape where the bushfire happens

 

Learning to scubadive - my first glimpse of the underwater world in Tasmania

Learning to scubadive – my first glimpse of the underwater world in Tasmania

 

Over-excited by all the wild Tasmanian beauty!

Over-excited by all the wild Tasmanian beauty!

 

My perfect choice of creative fuel - a berry muffin and clotted cream  Heaven!

My perfect choice of creative fuel – a berry muffin and clotted cream. Heaven!

 

Writing on the beach

Writing on the beach

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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