Maria: Can you share a short bio about yourself and your writing journey?
Patsy: I live on the South Coast of England with my lovely husband, the photographer Gary Davies (who designs my book covers). I’m a keen gardener, cook and creator of mess. Gary is very tidy. Couldn’t really have written myself a more suitable male lead, could I? I started writing in 2002. At first it was just short stories, of which I’ve had over 200 published. Then I decided to have a go at novel writing.My first successes for writing came as a result of competition wins. For short stories it was a 40 word flash which won me a book token. Years later I won a novel writing competition and Escape to the Country was published as a result of that. My latest release is a romance called A Year and a Day. The reviews I’ve had so far suggest it’s as much fun to read as it was to write.
Maria: Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Patsy: Often I don’t know what sparked the idea until I realize that what’s going on in my head might make a story. I can tell you where they physically occur though – when I’m in the garden, on my bike, in the shower or anywhere else I don’t have access to the computer or pen and paper.
Maria: What is your writing routine?
Patsy: I only started writing full time in March this year so I haven’t properly got a routine yet. The plan will be to write for most of the morning and use the afternoon for editing, subbing, promotion etc. Not sure it’ll work in practice though as I’m very easily distracted.
Maria: Can you sum up the essence of your latest release in a Tweet (i.e. 140 characters or less!)?
Patsy: No! Oh, OK I’ll try …
Their reactions to a fortune telling bring happiness, love, flowers, danger, tears, fabulous food & cocktails, to best mates Stella and Daphne.
Hah! One character to spare!
Despite Stella’s misgivings her best friend Daphne persuades her to visit a fortune teller. Rosie-Lee promises both girls will live long and happy lives. For orphaned Stella, the fortune teller’s claims include a tall, dark handsome man and the family she longs for. Stella doesn’t believe a word, so Rosie-Lee produces a letter, to be read in a year’s time, which will prove her predictions are true.
Stella remains sceptical but Daphne is totally convinced. She attempts to manipulate Stella’s life, starting by introducing Stella to her new boss Luigi, who fits the romantic hero image perfectly. In complete contrast is Daphne’s infuriating policeman brother John. Despite his childhood romance with Stella ending badly he still acts as though he has a right to be involved in her life.
Soon John is the least of her worries. Daphne’s keeping a secret, Luigi can’t be trusted, romantically or professionally and both girls’ jobs are at risk. Worse still, John’s concerns for their safety are proved to be justified.
John, and Rosie-Lee’s letter, are all Stella has to help put things right.
Maria: What’s next for you?
Patsy: A lot more short stories. I’m also working on a longer story provisionally called Poppyfield Farm. It’s set on a farm (you may have guessed) and will have a romantic element to it. Naturally, as I’m writing it, they’ll be lots of eating too.
One last thing, my book Not a Drop to Drink is currently free at Amazon if you’d like to check it out.