She discovered Hardy Country thirty years ago, after straying twenty miles over the county border from her native Somerset. After several years without being deported, she couldn't think of anywhere else she'd rather be.
Until, that is, her husband announced he was going to retire and did she fancy living in Corfu for a year.
A whole year, to float around like a Greek goddess and write fiction, renting a house from a bestselling novelist. And why not?
So that's how she ended up in Corfu on a Big Fat Greek Gap Year.
Maddie missed home terribly and the heartache was not helped as she put the finishing touches to A Year in Lush Places a blow-by-blow account of living in Dorset's most enchanted village. There are more writing projects in the pipeline but she's too embarrassed to talk about them right now.
But make a place in your heart for Kalimera Kerkyra: A Year in Corfu, which is due to be published in 2015.
In the meantime, take a look at this video by Lush Places musician and record producer Simon Emmerson. It will help you to understand why the pull of home is so strong.
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