What I Do When I’m Not Writing By Author Angela Barton

This week I’m joined by the lovely and highly talented Angela Barton. Angela has published three novels with Ruby Fiction and Choc Lit Publishing, but today she’s joining us to talk about what she does when she’s not writing …

Hello Morton

Thank you very much for inviting me to share a different aspect of my life with your readers. As an author, I love to tell stories and create characters and settings, by using the written word or material. Both take planning, imagination, patience and a passion. This brings me on to what I do when I’m not writing. 

I love crafting.

I find embroidery and jewellery making very therapeutic; it’s almost like meditating. It takes concentration to design a picture, choose just the right material, cut shapes, sew an image and find the perfect frame, so it leaves no room for negative thoughts. When making jewellery, I enjoy choosing beads that compliment each other or cutting and smoothing broken china into shapes for earrings or necklaces. I designed and embroidered a robin and had it printed into Christmas cards last December. As well as being a great calming therapy, being happy with an end result and knowing someone wants to buy my work, is very rewarding.

As I made more embroidered landscapes and jewellery, friends began to ask for commissions. They encouraged me to have an online shop, which after some thought, I set up a website and called it www.buttonmooncreations.com

To my surprise and delight, a local gift shop and café asked to hang half a dozen of my framed embroideries on their walls, and I’m lucky enough that customers buy them and I have to replace them with more. It’s only pocket money, but the true worth comes from the calming, meditative effect it has on me while I’m making each product.

Thank you – I love your craftwork, Angela and I can fully relate to the therapeutic effect of making things. Mx

About Angela Barton

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She has three grown up children, adorable seven-year-old twin granddaughters and a new baby granddaughter born Christmas 2021. She is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching for her novels. In 2018 Angela signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction and Choc Lit Publishing.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a reader for their New Writers’ Scheme. Angela is also a member of Nottingham Writers’ Studio, the Society of Authors and Ellipses and Ampersands’ fiction critique group.

You can keep in touch with Angela on the following links:-

Social Media links:

Website angelabarton.net

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/angela.barton3

Twitter https://twitter.com/angebarton

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/abarton3862/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorangelabarton/

About Angela Barton’s Books

One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane? 

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good … 

Buy this book with this link – Arlette’s Story: amzn.to/2lAyIlb 

When you open up your home and your heart … 

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction. 

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again. 

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Buy this book with this link – Magnolia House: smarturl.it/fttfc2

Three isn’t always a magic number … 

There are three reasons Tess Fenton should be happy. One, her job at the Blue Olive deli is dull, but at least she gets to work with her best friend. Two, she lives in a cosy cottage in the pretty village of Halston. Three, she’s in love with her boyfriend, Blake. Isn’t she? 

Because, despite their history, Blake continues to be the puzzle piece in Tess’s life that doesn’t quite fit. And when she meets intriguing local artist Daniel Cavanagh, it soon becomes apparent that, for Tess, love isn’t as easy as one, two, three …

Buy this book with this link – You’ve Got My Number: http://amzn.to/35Q19jB

Thank you for visiting my blog – Morton S. Gray – Author. I hope you enjoyed this post. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Summer at Lucerne Lodge published as an eBook, paperback and audio download too – Amazon Check on my Choc Lit author page for other purchasing options here 

Christmas at the Little Beach Cafe published as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and Choc Lit for other options.

Sunny Days at the Beach is now available as an eBook, audio and paperback – Amazon KindleApple iBooksKoboNook BooksGoogle Play and at Choc Lit for other options.

Christmas at Borteen Bay is available as both an eBook and audio download – Amazon KindleAudioApple iBooksKobo and Choc Lit for other buying options.

The Truth Lies Buried is available from all eBook platforms – Choc LitAmazon KindleKoboApple iBooks and also as a paperback and audiobook.

The Girl on the Beach published by Choc Lit is available as a paperback and from all eBook platforms –Amazon KindleApple iBooksKobo, Barnes and Noble and Google Play.

By Morton S. Gray

Author of romantic suspense novels. http://mortonsgray.com


  1. I adore Angela’s work and have bought several pieces as presents for family and friends (as well as myself!). Her books are wonderful too and I especially like Arlette’s Story. So moving it made me cry. I shall now wander over to Angela’s website (again) and see what tempts me. Good luck with everything. Lovely blog, ladies.

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