My fictional village of Ballaness, central to events in The Water Bailiff’s Daughter, was inspired by two villages in Ayrshire, South-West Scotland : Ballantrae, and Dunure. Dunure is where I imagined the harbour scenes taking place. It was a truly meaningful experience, therefore, when I visited the beautiful harbourside shop “Aruna Art & Gifts” to sign a delivery of books. The shop specialises in all things sea and coastal themed. It felt like a homecoming! Dunure is one of my favourite places, and is also an Outlander filming location.