A Writer’s Notebook – Castle of Dreams

Jose Paronella was a Spanish migrant, who came to Australia from Catalonia in 1913.

He built a Spanish castle in the tropical rainforest of far north Queensland.

Jose’s castle was the  inspiration for Castillo de Suenos the castle in my novel.

To be published by Allen & Unwin in  April 2016 Castle of Dreams is a story

I like to think Jose and his wife Margarita would have enjoyed my story.

You can visit Paronella Park and see the castle where Vivien and Rose,

the two sisters in my story grew up. And you can read about the natural

swimming pool under the Falls where Rose and Vivien learned to swim

and the kauri avenue they walked along.

Enjoy the video

Elise x

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