|The Cape Byron Lighthouse|
Photograph: 4c's Enterprises
The Cape Byron Lighthouse is not only Australia's most easterly lighthouse, but it's also the country's most powerful. At night we would watch the light go round and round from the sand dunes, and during the day, we could see the tall white tower from the beach.
So, is it just me and the effect of my childhood memories, or do lighthouses hold a special fascination for others too? Perhaps the appeal is symbolic - a guiding light for those in troubled waters.
The Lady Bay Upper Lighthouse
Flagstaff Hill, Warrnambool
Photograph: Ed Kavaliunas
Since I've laid bare my love for all things lighthouse, you probably won't be surprised to learn I managed to sneak a lighthouse into a book. In fact, I set an entire book at a fictitious luxury hotel: The Lighthouse Hotel in Connecticut, New England. In Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal, one of the first things my heroine, April Fairchild, wants to do when she arrives at the hotel, is climb the steps of the lighthouse. April has many traits that have nothing to do with me - eg., she can sing and play the piano beautifully - but that need to climb to the top of the lighthouse is all me. :)
So, what about you? Have you ever visited a lighthouse? Or had a fascination for them? I'm eager to hear about more lighthouses and any memories you have!