Brenda Parker was inspired by the years she spent in Northumberland early in her marriage. She arrived directly from a short career in London, where she was a Production Assistant with one of the new ITV companies as part of a production team, based in Kingsway and transmitting from Wembley Studios. It was a brief, but significant experience, only curtailed when marriage drew her north. But with her went the irresistible creative atmosphere of Television House, contrasting so graphically with the windswept landscape and border legends of her new home that writing fiction was almost inevitable.

But it was a sea-change for one born and brought up in Bexhill on the Sussex coast, with its formal grammar school and gentile atmosphere, where theatre, music and the arts flourished and centred on the iconic DelaWarr Pavilion. Life in the north could not have provided a greater contrast. But they were wonderful and momentous years - with the raising of a family, the witnessing of great social upheavals in the North-east of England, of seeing how the Parker family’s catering company adopted and adapted to these changes, until finally it relocated in the South West.

With the family now grown up, Brenda also became absorbed in its running, and it is only since retirement that she has returned to the typewriter. And, paradoxically, it is under the thatched eaves of an old Somerset cottage that the promised Northumbrian novel has at last been written.