Vendela Vida sought solace on the coast of Turkey to finish a novel set in the Arctic Circle. Two years later she returned to the two disparate seaside towns that had captured her imagination — finding them different than she had remembered — and they became the setting for her new novel, The Lovers.

Vida’s lyrical and atmospheric piece on her Turkish sojourns, “The Pull of an Idyll as Years Pass By,” is the first in a new column in the New York Times travel section: Imprint, in which authors will write about a place that inspired a book.