Author's Comment: The places in my books – like the people – are a mixture of real and imagined. Arundel has bits and pieces pulled from all over, including a mysterious rundown mansion across the street from my childhood home, the castle in The Enchanted Castle, and the garden in The Secret Garden.
Cameron is loosely based on Amherst, Massachusetts, across the Connecticut River from where I live in Northampton. Here are two things I borrowed directly from Amherst for the books: Wildwood Elementary, where my niece and nephew went to school, and Antonio's Pizza, which does indeed make the best pizza in the universe. I've also borrowed real places from Northampton, including Sylvester's, a restaurant with amazing blueberry pancakes, and Broadside Bookshop, my favorite bookstore.