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My husband and I took a trip to Germany in 2001 that inspired much of my fantasy writing. We saw lots of castles, cottages and cobbled villages. I fell in love with the Alps, as well as German folk art. Everything is painted, carved, decorated or molded. They even had intricate molds for butter and for gingerbread. I also collect dollhouse miniatures and was on the lookout for those. My dollhouse now boasts a German-style kitchen with its own set of tiny gingerbread molds.
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So Belhanor was born. I call it the "Scotch Canadian Alps" because it's got a little bit of all those places rolled up in it.