10 Things You didn’t know about GoS

10 Things You didn’t know about GoS



I am hard at work on two current projects but I thought I’d share a few fun facts about the Guardians of Summerfeld series with you today!

Here they are (in no particular order)

  1. The original concept was inspired by Noah’s Ark.
  2. The name Summerfeld was based on the countryside near where I live which, while pronounced “Summerfeld” is actually spelled “Summerveld.” I changed the spelling because I wanted my international readers to be able to pronounce it properly.
  3. All of my children have surnames for first names and I always said if I ever had another little girl her name would be Quinn. When I realised I was done with the baby-making, I gave the name to my favourite Guardian.
  4. Evangeline didn’t exist until the eleventh hour and in all of my original planning only the Hawkstone was needed to open the Rose Gate.
  5. Hawkstone and Cliffdale are street names I read on my way to an animal farm in Summerfeld with my kids and I made a note to use them in the series. Likewise, Dragon’s Peak and Cathedral Peak (the mountains within the City) are real peaks in the Drakensberg mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal – one of my favourite holiday destinations.
  6. In the initial plotting, Quinn was supposed to discover that her mother had been one of the Fae royalty, but this didn’t work because… well… incest 😉
  7. The name Drake is derived from the old Norse given name Draki, meaning “Dragon”.
  8. I originally intended for GoS to be a 5-book series, but I eventually decided to scrap “The Secret of the Slayer” and stick to only 4 books rather than draw the story out unnecessarily.
  9. I have a friend whose niece and nephews’ names were all used in GoS – Tane, Rafe and Enah.
  10. This is the first book/series I have written in the third person narrative. I favour the first person narrative, which comes more naturally to me, but given the vast amount of characters in this series, I felt that this was the only way to do it justice.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday!

Much love,


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