After reading A Sweethaven Summer by Courtney Walsh we have been waiting (and not so patiently!) for the next installment of this fabulous three part series! We are so excited to have Courtney with us today to not only share it with you but share why she wrote this series. Read on to see the surprise at the end...
"Years ago, I decided it was time to take a little break from scrapbooking. I’d worked for about five years in the industry by that time, on design teams, as a contributing editor for a magazine, I even got to write two scrapbooking books. But let me tell you, I was burned out. I didn’t care if I ever saw another glue stick or paper flower again. So I took about four years off. And guess what I did in that time? Wrote books. about scrapbooking.
I know you’ll understand when I say, scrapbooking is the kind of hobby that gets in your blood. It’s not just about paper and glue. It’s not even just a creative outlet. It’s so much more than that… and that’s what I wanted to celebrate in my novels.
My first book, A Sweethaven Summer was released in February and just last week, I got to welcome the next in the series, A Sweethaven Homecoming! The frenzy of launching a book is wonderful and exciting, but in the quiet moments, I sit back and remember what it is I wanted to capture in the first place…
The way a scrapbook can transport you straight back in time.
The way the hobby can bring together the very best of friends.
The way it feels to look back and read the very thoughts you were thinking at any given moment.
The power of forgiveness…
To say scrapbooking has woven its way into the fabric of my being would be something of an understatement. As I created this fictitious cottage town on Lake Michigan, where five women come together because of an old scrapbook, I imagined their lives, full of conflict and stories they’d want told. I imagined the things that drove them apart and allowed friendship and forgiveness to be the driving force.
And it was all because of scrapbooking I was able to see those relationships so clearly.
Everyone may not understand why it is you choose to spend time pulling pictures onto cardstock and layering patterned papers and embellishments, but we scrapbookers, like the women in Sweethaven…we get it. We’re kindred spirits that way.
More than anyone, you’ll understand the heart and soul of these books…which is why I want to give away signed copies of both A Sweethaven Summer and A Sweethaven Homecoming and my new e-book, Step Up Your Supplies, from Ella Publishing to one lucky Scrapbook & Cards reader.
I’d love for you to check out my books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and come over to my blog (www.courtneywalsh.typepad.com) this week for tons of inspiration, a big Sweethaven Scrapbooking Challenge & lots of prizes!
And you know I’d love to become friends, so feel free to head over to my Facebook Author page and say hi today!" ~ Courtney
Congratulations again Courtney on the launch of your second book! Ok, SCT readers, why do you scrapbook?