BODDAM, Bullers of Buchan and Slains Castle are set for literary notoriety as they take centre stage in an American author’s new book.
When award winning Journalist Harriet Schultz visited Scotland recently, she was so captivated by the Buchan coastline that she decided to incorporate some of the area’s most recognisable landmarks into her first novel ‘Legacy of the Highlands.’
Harriet, who lives in Maine in America’s North-West, toured the country for the third time last May, travelling more than 1,500 miles through the West coast and Highlands with her husband. But it was Buchan that captured the writer’s imagination.
“We stayed at the St. Olaf in Cruden Bay and our room faced the sea and Slains,” says Harriet, “Scotland’s scenery is dramatically beautiful, with something breathtaking around every curve. But my favourite was definitely the Bullers of Buchan, which made the perfect setting for one important event in my book.”
‘Legacy of the Highlands’ tells the story of Alexandra Cameron, a young widow whose husband is murdered on the streets of Boston. As she and handsome Argentinian Diego try to solve the mystery of the apparently motiveless crime, they begin to unravel the Cameron clan’s secrets, which stretch back to Scotland, The Declaration of Arbroath and the fight for Scottish independence.
“The characters in my book have strong, almost fanatical, views on the subject of independence,” says Harriet, who began her reporting career at Time Magazine in the US, “As a foreigner, I don’t know if it’s appropriate to weigh in, but given your country’s history, an independent Scotland seems long overdue. However, I don’t know enough about the ramifications of independence.”
And, despite the rainy weather that characterised Harriet’s last visit to Scotland, she is sure to return.
“I truly doubt that I have any Scottish ancestors,” she says, “although a good friend, who believes that nothing happens by chance, is certain that my emotional connection to Scotland must have a genetic basis.”