What inspired me to write “Maylie and the Maze”?
I wrote Maylie and the Maze to show you that you can go after your dreams no matter what roadblocks stand in your way. Another goal was to write a book that could be enjoyed by any age.
Throughout this series, I want you to have a chance to travel the world through fiction and along the way learn a bit. I’ve tapped into my own first-hand experiences from traveling to over a dozen countries and filtered them through Maylie’s eyes.
In this instance, the story is set in England, particularly at Leeds Castle in southern England.
The castle is absolutely gorgeous! It’s known as the “loveliest castle in the world” for a reason. And it’s nearly 1,000 years old. Isn’t that amazing?!
According to the official Leeds Castle website, it has been a Norman stronghold, the private property of six of England’s medieval queens, a palace used by King Henry VIII, a Jacobean country house, a Georgian mansion, an elegant retreat for the rich and famous, and today, it is one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
There’s not just a castle but a hedge maze and over 500 acres of gardens, parkland, and wildlife. There are also a host of activities and attractions including falconry demonstrations, a dog collar museum, zipline and Segway tours, playgrounds, miniature golf, and more.
Isn’t that amazing?! What inspiration for a writer.