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Writing books and eating cake

bluetrilogyBlog post by Lisa Glass

I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (BlueAirRide) and while much of the writing was done at home (usually late at night when my children were asleep) I also wrote some of the big scenes in cafes around Newquay, Cornwall. I discovered that being out of the house was good for my productivity, as it made me less likely to procrastinate, and more likely to receive a fortifying dose of sugar and caffeine.

For those who are interested, here are some of my favourite writing haunts.


The Little Cake Shop, Newquay

The Little Cake Shop, Newquay – Blue

Blue – I wrote some of the pivotal scenes in Blue at The Little Cake Shop at Chester Court. My eldest daughter had just started nursery and I didn’t want to go home and spend three hours watching TV or cleaning, so I took my iPad and wrote in a place that smelt absolutely heavenly, rather than at my home, which smelt of damp. The owners of the cake shop always made me feel very welcome and I gave them a thank you in the acknowledgements section of Blue.

Usual refreshments: Latte and the best Bakewell in Newquay.


Whiskers, Newquay

Whiskers, Newquay – Air

I had a new baby when I was writing Air and I didn’t get out of the house much, except for a weekly meeting with members of the film team at Whiskers in the town centre. I tended to arrive an hour early and use the time to edit the writing I’d done the night before. The clientele usually included surfers, artists and musicians and I did some excellent eavesdropping here.

Usual refreshments: Mint tea and vegan cupcake.


The Lakeside, Newquay

The Lakeside, Newquay – Ride

I wrote Ride, the final book of the trilogy, at several locations in Newquay, including Fistral Beach Bar and Trenance Tea Rooms, but my usual writing retreat was the Lakeside, down at Trenance boating lake. This is also where I usually meet readers who are visiting Newquay and want me to sign their books.

Usual refreshment: Pot of Earl Grey and a toasted teacake.

If this has made you at all curious about my novels, which I haven’t even got around to describing (surfing! ambition! heartache!) you can find out more about them here, or buy them here.

Blue, Air & Ride are published by Quercus Children’s Books.

2 comments on “Writing books and eating cake

  1. Jackie
    September 27, 2016

    So it’s not a stereotype that authors write in tea shops and coffee houses? They all look like lovely places to write or read or just have some quiet time.The Little Cake Shop looks cozy, Whiskers has a cool boho vibe and the view must be amazing at The Lakeside. Thanks for taking us on a jaunt around your neighborhood!

  2. Lisa
    September 28, 2016

    No, definitely not a stereotype. There are so many distractions at home and it feels wonderful to escape to a quiet coffee shop! Glad you enjoyed the jaunt, Jackie 🙂

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This entry was posted on September 23, 2016 by in Entries by Lisa, Fiction: children's, Fiction: romance, Fiction: young adult, Uncategorized.



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