I love the beach in winter

When I was a little girl my Nana and Poppa would take us on long walks along the beaches of the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. I remember the wind blowing my hair in my eyes and wet sand getting into my red gumboots. Poppa walking with his hands clasped behind is back, whistling a tune. Nana reminding him to wear a jacket. The sand was grey and so were the waves. I drew a whale in the sand with a stick. There are lots of books set at the beach in summer. But I chose a wintery, stormy beach for Still Waters because they’ll always take me back to those childhood walks. #StillWatersbook

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