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Map of Saffron Sweeting

Here’s something which has been on my to-do list for aaaaages.  By which I mean, about two years.

Because I’m more than a little hung up on consistency and getting my facts straight, when I wrote Saving Saffron Sweeting I drew a map of the village for myself. And I truly did mean to share it with readers as a bonus item. But somehow technology and life got in the way.

Then, while writing the prequel, Secrets in the Sky, I realised it was even more important to nail down locations and be sure characters were walking past the right building at the right time. So I dug out the map again and tidied it up. And here it is:

Map of Saffron SweetingReaders of Saving Saffron Sweeting may be able to spot a few places on the map which are not, in fact, mentioned in that book. You can treat those as clues for what’s in Book 2!

There’s a nice article about maps in books over at Novelicious.  Do you know of any more?

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    January 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Love your map, Pauline 🙂
    Now it will be easier for me to figure out where your characters are going when I read “Secrets in the Sky”. I have to confess, I get lost very easily and I have to rely on maps for everything, even in my home town where I have now lived for 11 years. That happens when I read books too!

    There’s a lovely map in each of the “Princess Poppy” book series for children. I read them to my daughter and the maps are quintessentially English, as they show a typical English village all in colour! they have a school of dance, a pond, a sewing shop, the orchards, a railway station, a vet, the stables, a teashop, and more, all with pictures and amazing names. If I could I would post a photo 🙂

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    Pauline Wiles
    January 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks, Martina. I think for a reader, a map adds a nice touch. For a fiction writer, it’s almost essential! I like the sound of the Princess Poppy maps; perhaps I should add an orchard and stables to Saffron Sweeting.

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    January 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Pauline, The map is wonderful. It helps with understanding how different parts of the setting relate.
    With Dickens it is useful to know London well.
    When Austen writes about Bath its helpful to know Bath.
    Is the name Saffron Sweeting inspired by Saffron Walden?
    I don’t know Cambridgeshire or Norfolk that well. i have spent a weekend in Norwich and i have driven from London to Cambridge a couple of times.
    All the very best,

  4. Reply
    January 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Hi Tony, Yes indeed – the fictional name of Saffron Sweeting is somewhat inspired by Saffron Walden, and the latter features briefly in the book.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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