Creative Pumpkin Publishing

The small press with big ideas



Creative Pumpkin Publishing is an independent small press. Founded by the author Sarah Rayner, we publish fiction and non-fiction, including the Making Friends series of reference books, which provide clear and comforting guidance on those mental and physical health issues many people find hard to talk about.

Our aim is inform, support and entertain readers of all ages with books that are written and illustrated with warmth and humour, and thereby help to promote compassion for ourselves and others.

All our titles are published worldwide, in English, in ebook and print and are available through Amazon worldwide and selected stores.

We can also work with organisations such as charities, healthcare providers and businesses who share our philosophy to create bespoke editions of our titles for their users. Read more about this here.


Sarah is the author of five novels and eight non-fiction titles. She had her first novel published in 2001, and her third novel, One Moment, One Morning, was an international bestseller, with sales just shy of 300,000 in the UK alone. Her books have been translated into 20 languages and published as far apart as Russia, Brazil and Norway.

Sarah also has 25 years’ experience of copywriting in advertising and marketing, and drew upon these skills to self-publish her first non-fiction book in 2014, the widely acclaimed Making Friends with Anxiety. In 2017 she set up this imprint, and now she has a team of independent publishing experts working with her.


Laura Wilkinson, copy editor. Laura, herself the author of three novels, has edited all the books in the Making Friends series.




Dr Patrick Fitzgerald, MB.BS MRCGP Diploma in Palliative Medicine. Patrick is a General Practitioner working in Cheshire. He has co-authored Making Friends with the Menopause and Making Peace with Depression, and has written Making Peace with End of Life.


Kate Harrison is the author of 12 novels and four 5:2 Diet books. She  works in a consultative capacity with CPP, and is the co-author of Making Peace with Depression.



Leigh Forbes has over twenty years’ experience of page design and layout software, and is responsible for programming the Making Friends ebooks.  She has also done the page design of Making Friends with your Fertility, Making Peace with Divorce and Making Peace with the End of Life.


Pia Pasternack is a writer and marketing consultant. She has written Making Peace with Divorce,  which was recently launched by Creative Pumpkin Publishing.





Tracey is a counsellor with over 20 years’ experience of  working with fertility-related charities and organisations providing support, advice and information to people exploring their fertility. Creative Pumpkin Publishing recently launched her book, Making Friends with your Fertility.


Jules Miller is an illustrator and graphic designer with a background in advertising and marketing. She illustrated Making Friends with Anxiety: A Calming Colouring Book.


Sarah Rayner is also an affiliate of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, and you can find out more about the organisation here:

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Making Friends: A series of warm, supportive guides to help you find the way through life’s biggest challenges.

The books in the Making Friends series provide accessible, practical advice on physical and mental health issues including anxiety, depression and the menopause.

Our books are rooted in personal experience and clinical expertise, and give a succinct and easy-to-read overview of the subject. Each title offers guidance on the most common treatment options available, plus tools, tips and suggestions from a wide range of contributors. Illustrations and photographs add another layer of understanding, enabling individuals to care more effectively for themselves and thereby ‘make friends’ with difficult emotions.

Below are the titles currently available in English in print and digital format.

Buy the books on Amazon

Find out more about bespoke editions of the titles, and how we might work with your organisation here. 

Read reviews and more about the series on Sarah’s author website.



The Other Half 

The mistress. The Wife. Each has her own story…

Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a features editor with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist…

Maggie appears to have it all. She’s beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something’s not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn’t come home at all…

Told in alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed?

About the book

The Other Half , Sarah’s debut novel, was first published by Orion UK in 2001. For a few years it was out of print but, following the success of One Moment, One Morning, many readers asked to get hold of it. So in 2012 Sarah spent several months rewriting it, and The Other Half was re-issued the following year. It has since found a new audience, and been translated into several languages. This latest edition of is available in English worldwide in paperback and ebook, except the USA and Canada, and includes illustrations by the author.

Buy the book on Amazon

Read reviews and more about The Other Half on Sarah’s author website, where you can also find out about her other novels.


Please get in touch

We welcome inquiries and conversation but we are not currently accepting submissions. This may change in future, so ‘like’ us on Facebook and you’ll be first to hear.

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Visit Sarah’s author site for more on all her books, including her novels.