I’d decided on the location for my new novel, before I’d even visited it. Savannah, Georgia, is a city I have been fascinated every since I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, (which I had to re-read before I set off!) Not only is it America’s most haunted city – it’s also one of its most most romantic places – all that Spanish Moss hanging off the trees, and the hot, sultry summers made it feel perfect for a Tasmina Perry novel.
It was no surprise that Savannah was every bit as beautiful as I’d imagine – the fountain in Forsyth Park, the leafy squares, and the old fashioned trolley buses are just a few of the things that make the city magical. Love it? I could totally move to Georgia.
The real purpose for the trip was to find inspiration for the main setting of the novel – an old plantation house by a lake. I stumbled across Wormsloe which was beautiful – with one of the most impressive driveways I have ever seen – almost a mile long and fringed on either side by enormous live old trees. The actual house at Wormsloe doesn’t exist anymore but I visited the amazing Boone Hall plantation in Charleston, which was so picture perfect, I found out I had been used in the film The Notebook.
Tasmina’s new novel The House on Sunset Lake, set in Georgia is out summer 2016
Five places to go in Savannah
The Marshall House hotel.
This atmospheric (and supposedly haunted!) hotel is one of the best places to stay in town – pick up your free iced lemonade from the lobby before strolling down Broughton Street
This Savannah institution is apparently one of the top ten ice-cream parlours in the world. I kept going back for the delicious lemon curd ice-cream.
The Lucas Cinema
How can you not love a movie theatre that puts on a Crazy for Swayze weekend (I went to see Dirty Dancing)
The Paris Market
My new favourite shop – a bustling, beautifully curated honey-pot (think chic interiors and a million and one things you don’t need, but really, really want) on Broughton Street
There are 22 beautiful town squares in Savannah’s historic district but Chippewa is my favourite if only for its starring role in Forrest Gump