Creative Pumpkin Publishing

The small press with big ideas



Creative Pumpkin Publishing is an award-winning, independent small press. Founded by the author Sarah Rayner in 2014, we publish fiction, memoir 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 e-book, audio and print and are available through Amazon worldwide and selected stores.


Sarah is the author of six novels and 12 non-fiction titles. She had her first novel published in 2001, and her third novel, One Moment, One Morning, was an international bestseller and she has sold over 750,000 copies worldwide. 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.

Sarah Rayner is 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 expert contributors. Illustrations and photographs add another layer of understanding, enabling individuals to care more effectively for themselves and thereby ‘make friends’ or ‘peace’ with difficult emotions.

Below are the titles currently available in English in print and digital format. Making Friends with Anxiety is also available in audio.

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


Searching for Mr Yesterday

The past cannot be left behind …

Suzy Hope is adrift. She’s divorced, living hand to mouth, and hasn’t been on a date in eons. And then, on the morning of her mother’s funeral, a letter lands on her doormat. She recognizes the handwriting at once. It’s from Johnny, her first love. Enclosed is a CD, a compilation of tracks from their time together in the ’70s and ’80s. Instantly Suzy feels young again and longs to listen, but then the hearse arrives; now is not the moment for nostalgia.

After the wake is over, Suzy is returning crockery to the village hall in the pouring rain when—Bam!—she is knocked down by a car speeding down the country lane.

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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…

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


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