My Creative Notebook

 

Welcome to My Creative Notebook, I’ve always been fascinated by the creative process and believe that everyone has their own personal collection of skills and abilities, which just needs time and encouragement to develop.

Finding the time and space to be creative is vital to sustain creativity, one of the most important actions in any day is to seize the moments which sometimes occur when you least expect it; to simply stand and stare, to be inspired by a beautiful view, hear a bird singing, or to watch your family laughing together. Treasure these moments; they form the rich tapestry of living in a creative way.

There are so many amazing sources of inspiration and I hope in this space to share ideas, thoughts, words, books, resources, art, photography, events and  interviews, which I hope you will enjoy and find inspiring.

Despite this space being rooted in technology, I see My Creative Notebook as a starting point from which to go and do things!

Shadows Over the Spanish Sun – Caroline Montague

SHADOWS OVER THE SPANISH SUN - CAROLINE MONTAGUE

A country in the shadow of war. A love that burns through the decades...
Mia Ferris's heart has always belonged in Spain. Every childhood summer was spent at her grandfather's hacienda, riding together amongst the olive trees or listening to his stories of the past. So when she learns that he has fallen from his horse, she knows that she belongs by his bedside - even if it means leaving behind her life in London, and her new fiance.

Three Weddings and a Proposal – Sheila O’Flanagan

THREE WEDDINGS AND A PROPOSAL - SHEILA O'FLANAGAN

At the first wedding, there’s a shock The second wedding is unexpected  By the third, Delphie thinks nothing could surprise her. But she’s wrong . . .  Delphie is enjoying her brother’s wedding. Her surprise last-minute Plus One has stunned her family – and it’s also stopped any of them asking again why she’s still single. But when she sees all the missed calls that evening, she knows it can’t be good news. And she’s right. Delphie has been living her best life, loving her job, her friends, her no-strings relationships and her dream house by the sea. Now she has to question...

Interview with Sheila O’Flanagan – Author of Three Weddings and A Proposal and many more!

Sheila O'Flanagan - My Creative Notebook

You have written so many wonderful books, do you have a particular favourite, or favourites and why?To be honest, the last book I’ve written is usually my favourite (a) because I’m so relieved I finished it and (b) because I’m still very close to the characters and the situations they’ve found themselves in. But some characters and locations stay with me longer than most like Imogen in The Missing Wife. I felt very close to her while I was writing her story and I love the part of France where much of the novel is set. When you are thinking about a new book, where do you get your...

JOYFUL: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness – INGRID FETELL LEE

JOYFUL: THE SURPRISING POWER OF ORDINARY THINGS TO CREATE EXTRAORDINARY HAPPINESS - INGRID FETELL LEE

Description: In this groundbreaking book, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how making small changes to your surroundings can create extraordinary happiness in your life. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she reveals how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising effects on our mood and how we can harness the power of our environment to live fuller, healthier and more joyful lives.  https://www.waterstones.com/book/joyful/ingrid-fetell-lee/9781846045400 Why we Liked itJoyful is an absolutely fascinating book. It is packed with so much information but is also written in a very accessible style. In Ingrid’s research, she examined how mundane spaces and objects we...

Under the Italian Sun – Sue Moorcroft

UNDER THE ITALIAN SUN - SUE MOORCROFT

Description: A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped… Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers’ many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name. When revelations close to home turn Zia’s world upside down, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she’s never known. But as she looks for answers, she can’t help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door – a distraction who may prove difficult...

The Cancer Ladies’ Running Club – Josie Lloyd

THE CANCER LADIES’ RUNNING CLUB - JOSIE LLOYD

Description: Sometimes we need our friends to help us find our feet… When Keira first receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she doesn’t want to have to tell her family, or step back from work. She doesn’t want to sit in a hospital, or be part of a group of fellow cancer patients. Cancer is not her club. But as she accepts that her health is no longer something she can rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. And running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment unexpectedly gives Keira the hope she needs....

Summer Serendipity at the Twist and Turn Bakery – Helen J Rolfe

SUMMER SERENDIPITY AT THE TWIST AND TURN BAKERY - HELEN J ROLFE

(Heritage Cove series, Book 3) Description: It’s summer in Heritage Cove, the picturesque village by the sea. Join some of your favourite characters and welcome new faces in this uplifting, romantic read brimming with character, community and friendship… The Heritage Bakery is finally getting the makeover it deserves, with sisters Jade and Celeste modernising the place and putting their own stamp on it while retaining all the charm of days gone by. But Jade has far more planned than a brand-new kitchen and fancy cake designs. She’s ready for an even bigger change in her life. It’s almost time to take the next...

Starry, Starry Night – Marcia Willett

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT - MARCIA WILLETT

Description‘ We’ll always be together, won’t we?’ Childhood friends and cousins Leo and Alice had imagined their whole lives playing out on their beloved Devon beach. But one night when they are teens, sitting on the sand beneath the stars, Alice tells Leo a secret that must never be shared with anybody else . . . then packs her bag and flees. Leo is left to build his own life – without Alice. He surrounds himself with other family and friends and on the whole is content and fulfilled. But he is left with a sense of what – or who – is missing. So decades later, when...

The Never-Ending Summer – Emma Kennedy

THE NEVER-ENDING SUMMER - EMMA KENNEDY

Description: Three women. Two unforgettable road trips. Wherever you are in life, it’s never too late to find yourself. Best friends Agnes and Bea decide to embark on one last adventure before their adult lives begin. For Agnes’s mother Florence, a fresh chapter is starting as her youngest flies the nest and her marriage settles into a new routine. But she can’t help feeling that something is missing. As Agnes travels to London and Florence follows her heart to Europe, both will discover a world of possibilities they never could have dreamed of… Full of warmth, wit and characters who will steal your...

Interview with Author – Emma Kennedy

Emma Kennedy - Author - My Creative Notebook

The Never Ending Summer has such wonderful depth and rich detail, how long did it take you to research and write this book? Do you have any plans to write a sequel? There was a lot of research involved. I usually take my time with research as I want to get details feeling authentic. I think I spent a month on reading around the subject for NES. A first draft normally takes me three months with a fortnight for second draft and a week for a third. I’m a very fast writer which is helpful when I’m juggling other things.  You...