This week's Spotlight on Author is on Patsy Collins and her latest release, Firestarter.
us about yourself?
used to have a proper job, but got made redundant. Now I write and
act as assistant to my husband who's a photographer. We travel in our
campervan quite a bit for his work. I use that to my advantage by
visiting interesting places along the way and using the locations as
settings for stories.
inspired you to be a writer?
got into it by accident. I meant to sign up for evening classes in
local history, but the course was full. Only wine tasting or creative
writing were left. As I couldn't afford to develop a taste for decent
wine, I went for the writing.
did you choose your genre?
you got me. I don't stick to a single genre. All my novels feature
relationships and romance often plays an important part. There's
always been a bit of crime in there too and I throw some humour into
the mix whenever I can.
also write a lot of short stories. I've been fortunate enough to have
had over 300 published, mostly in women's magazines. They cover a
range of genres, but are generally upbeat.
made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
wanted to write something fun, simple as that.
adventures were a pleasure to write, she herself has fun between the
disasters and I hope the reader will enjoy finding out about her,
other members of the Bakewell family, Hampshire Fire Service's Red
Watch, beetroot cake, seabirds and all the rest.
did you come up with the title?
story involves firemen, smouldering jealousy, a burning building,
Alice's red hot dress sense, snuggling up in front of an open fire
and igniting passion.
is your favourite scene?
the one with Alice and her dad very close to the end of the book, but
I can't say more without giving away one of the storylines.
pleased with the ones involving birdwatching and conservation work. I
hope I've shown that although these aren't obvious interests for
someone like Alice, she has good reason to give them a try and ends
up genuinely interested.
also enjoyed all the food ones, but that's mostly because of the
extensive research I carried out for each one.
us a little about your book?
really nice and available to buy now. *smiles charmingly and flutters