Lincolnshire author Margaret Dickinson was in Horncastle promoting her new book, Fairfield Hall.
Margaret, who was born in Gainsborough, has released her 20th novel and its setting was inspired by a local National Trust property.
The setting for Fairfield Hall was inspired by Gunby Hall and Gardens near Skegness.
Speaking to the News at her book signing at Perkins Newsagents, Margaret said: “Each book works differently.
“Sometimes I have the setting for the book but not the story, and sometimes I have the story in mind but without a setting.
“For Fairfield Hall I had the story in mind, and the setting of Gunby Hall really fitted this book - it’s a beautiful place.
“The people there were so supportive and have been fantastic.”
In her book, Margaret said: “My sincere thanks to Astrid Gatenby and all her team of helpers for all the help and encouragement I received on my visits there.
“Also thank you to four of the volunteer room guides who took the time to meet me and chat about the history of the house: Jane Hughes, Judy Morgan-Anstee, Veronica Stonehouse and Rose Williams.
Margaret revealed that her next book is already half-written and will be based in Grimsby during WWII.
There will be an Evening with Margaret Dickinson at Gunby Hall on Wednesday May 7 at 7pm.
There will be readings from her book a guided tour of Gunby Hall, a Q&A session and book signing for £6.