THE landscape of Somerset has played a pivotal role in the life of one author.

In the 1970s, Pamela Holmes, first came to the county at a time in her life when she had recently suffered a bereavement.

Her mother had died and she came to live on a farm with a group of friends in the shadow on the Brendon Hills.

Speaking about that time, Pamela said: "I lived in Somerset in the 1970s and I loved being there and living in the countryside and liked the landscape.

"At the time I came here I had lost my mother a few years before and I when I came to Somerset it helped me recover.

"I was there three years and the things I did, some of them I am still doing today.

"Even though I said I would never live in London, this is where I ended up.

"I still ride my bicycle and enjoy being out in the weather.

"When in Somerset I grew my own vegetables and now in London I have an allotment where I still grow my own vegetables.

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"Some of the skills I learnt in Somerset I still use."

The Somerset theme has continued in her working life as in her second novel called Wyld Dreamers is set in the county.

The novel is set in the summer of 1972, a group of friends are invited to Somerset to help photographer Seymour Stratton renovate a dilapidated cottage on Wyld Farm.

Sex, drugs and music; they have a seriously good time.

Over the next year, the group start to see the farm as somewhere they could stay for the rest of their lives, an escape from conventional life.

But after eighteen months, the rural idyll collapses.

Twenty-five years later, the group are brought together again in unexpected circumstances.

The events of the past have not been forgotten and secrets are revealed that devastate once unbreakable friendships.

Inspired by her love of Somerset and the years she spent there on a hippy farm, in Wyld Dreamers Pamela Holmes invites the reader to dive into a web of fun and frolics, drugs and dancing, love and loss within the isolated hills of rural Somerset.

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Pamela who is the winner of the Jane Austen Short Story Award 2014, started writing in 2000 and made it her full time job in 2010.

Wylde Dreamers will be published in paperback by Urbane Publications on October 4.

The recommended retail price is £8.99.