It’s almost November and I’m pushing to complete my current work in progress so I can start my next book on November 1st for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I only have four plotted chapters left to go, and I’m blocked. Yep. Four plotted chapters. How is that possible you ask? Well, it seems that in my process of becoming a plantser (someone who both plots and writes by the seat of their pants), my brain has decided to rebel. It says, “I already know what’s going to happen. I’m done. Time to move on to the next big adventure.” So to unblock, I decided to write about this majestic home and get you excited about my upcoming release, An Adventure at Sausmarez Manor.
Sausmarez Manor is located on the island of Guernsey, a place I can’t wait to visit. Definitely will be the subject of an upcoming blog post when it happens. Sausmarez Manor has an amazing history. The Sausmarez family originated in Scandinavia ending up in Guernsey between 1200 and 1254. The house dates back to the late 12th Century and has been remodeled throughout the ages since. The renovations completed by Sir Edmond Andros between 1714 and 1718 are considered the finest example of Queen Anne Colonial architecture in Britain. The house came into Sir Edmond’s grandfather’s family via marriage. In 1748 the de Sausmarez family purchased it back using money from the capture of the world’s richest treasure ship. How cool is that? Fodder for an adventure on the high sees, eh?
My story, An Adventure at Sausmarez Manor, takes place in fall of 1801 during the time when Admiral James Saumarez resided there. He was Captain of the Orion, a member of Nelson’s Band of Brothers, and was Nelson’s second in Command. During the Peace of Amiens, Saumarez remained at home with his family. This is good since he will be enjoying the company of the Rutledge girls and their mama, thankfully, only for a few weeks while they face tombs, witches, fairies, and pirates. Maybe.
Today, you can visit, tour, and plan your wedding on the estate. There is a sculpture park, copper and tin silversmiths who use traditional skills and traditional tools (the only one left in the world today), a tea room, and more. Check out the website listed in the references below.
If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, I’d love to hear what you’re planning to write 🙂