A Romance with Stockholm
Beautiful Stockholm is a perfect setting for romance, and all the books in my Stockholm Diaries series feature real places that are close to my heart.
Below I've created what you could call a virtual scrapbook, photos I took in these places and use for ideas. For those readers who like see the real-life inspirations behind books, this page is for you!
... and a friend I found on in Old Town. We planned matching hats.
Old Town, Stockholm...
My own cold dip in the Baltic...
That time I wore a dress to
go blueberry picking...
A quiet harbor south of Västervik. I imagined this place when writing the archipelago scenes in Melanie's story.
Wandering through a forest in Skåne.
Look carefully at this image. Yes, it's real - no Photoshop involved. In Sweden, the English is generally excellent...so good that many Swedes think they can get away without a quick native-speaker proofread on ad campaigns. Most often it just looks sloppy, but sometimes you hit a real gem!
A "warm" summer day by the water. I think
someone went swimming that day, but it wasn't me.
A Södermalm street where Niklas and Caroline wandered on their date.
Fika, Sweden's version of afternoon tea, with an
American twist: chocolate chip cookies. All Swedish stories have to feature a fika. I think it's a rule.
The place on the Södermalm cliffs where Caroline and Niklas stopped for dessert one night?
Sweden's idyllic summer cottage, larger but otherwise much like the one Melanie inherits in her book.