I don’t write with pens very often, but when I do, I usually always use the ones that come from National Trust or museum gift shops. They seem to all stock the same brand and they are particularly good for writing with as the ink flows really well and never falters. Also, they come in lovely colours for the different venues. If I use pencils, it has to be the mechanical type with a little eraser at one end. I don’t want to have to stop every five seconds to sharpen one!
I adore notebooks – the more extravagant the better! I have recently discovered Flame Tree notebooks which are beautifully decorated and embossed, both pretty to look at and tactile. I am tempted to buy their entire range but have restricted myself to just a few so far.
The Paperchase company also has some wonderful notebooks – I particularly loved this golden one decorated with exotic birds – as do Paperblanks, whose notebooks have a lovely magnetic flap to keep them firmly closed.
Paperblanks also produce my absolute favourite diaries. I have kept a diary on and off since I was 8 years old, and these are just right for me. There is enough room to jot down five or six sentences about the day, and as they come out with new designs every year, I always enjoy starting a new one on 1st January. Keeping a diary helps me with my writing as I can go back to check how I felt about certain things that happened to me, which is always useful.
Other than diaries, I have a weakness for sticky notes – they’re great for jotting down that perfect sentence that might come into your head in the middle of doing something else. And for to-do lists – I’m forever making lists! If they are slightly unusual (like these pug ones), so much the better. And I love the tiny strips of sticky notes that you can put in reference/research books to help find that vital piece of information I might need while writing.
I write historical romance and time slip (or dual time) stories as Christina Courtenay, and I have also self-published some contemporary YA novels under my other name, Pia Fenton. I love history and genealogy, and I often get ideas from visiting old houses or castles. My latest published work is the time slip novel T, which was inspired by the ruins of Raglan Castle. There’s something very romantic about ruins, don’t you think?
Here’s the blurb:-
“When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to 17th century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege. Her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past and when the new owner of the estate arrives – New Zealander Josh Owens – the parallels become even more obvious. But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning …”
As I’m half Swedish, I’m also particularly interested in Vikings and I’m currently working on a dual time story partly set in the Viking era.
The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight was published on 6 Oct 2016 by Choc Lit
Buy link The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Velvet-Cloak-Moonlight-Shadows-Past-ebook/dp/B01HYKVD6S/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1475265512&sr=8-1&keywords=christina+courtenay
Buy link The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight US: https://www.amazon.com/Velvet-Cloak-Moonlight-Shadows-Past-ebook/dp/B01HYKVD6S/ref=sr_1_5_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475265447&sr=8-5&keywords=christina+courtenay