A Writer’s Retreat

Flipflops – check, passport – check, suncream – check, USB stick with current work in progress….er, oh go on then.

I look forward to our family holidays in Spain, just outside Denia with huge anticipation. The weather is fabulous of course, the people friendly, beaches beautiful and the pool crystal clear.

But last year I was so immersed in writing my first ever book, that I almost didn’t want to go. I thought that I might lose the momentum if I didn’t keep up my vow to write at least something every day.

          So I popped my USB stick in my suitcase, having made a copy of it first, sure that I wouldn’t manage to write anything, but feeling better for having taken it with me.

          There is something very special about rising early on holiday, taking a pot of coffee on to the patio, breathing in the smells of the jasmine and the wood smoke from the local Spanish houses. That hour before the rest of the family awoke became my favourite time of day and almost without thinking, I would flip open my laptop and write.

          This year, we are joining friends in Polandfor a very exciting trip and will hardly be able to spend any time in our little Spanish casa. That means that we are renting out the house this year either for holidays, or even longer periods.

If you would like to experience everything the real Costa Blanca has to offer, we are taking bookings here.

          Oh and there’s Wifi available too!
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Vintage Summer. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Now she thinks she may have found her dream job.

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