This charming setting is the the Anne of Green Gables homestead in Prince Edward Island, Canada. After years of dreaming about visiting the land of my fictional kindred spirit, my husband and I finally made it there for our 30th anniversary in October of 2018. It’s hard to put into words exactly what that experience meant to me. It was like going home…into the loving arms of a best friend. As a child, the character of Anne Shirley was as real to me as any real-life friend, and her influence on me is felt to this day. Anne taught me that a well-written character is a character who comes alive in the heart of a reader. A comfort you go back to time and again. Because of Anne Shirley, I aspire to create characters who truly come alive in the hearts of my readers. Kindred spirits. Are there any two words more sweet?
“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ~Anne Shirley