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Spotlight on Patsy Collins & Firestarter!

This week's Spotlight on Author is on Patsy Collins and her latest release, Firestarter.


Tell us about yourself?

I 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.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I 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.

How did you choose your genre?

OK, 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.

I 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.

What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?

I wanted to write something fun, simple as that.

Alice's 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.

How did you come up with the title?

The 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.

What is your favourite scene?

Probably 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.

I'm 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.

I also enjoyed all the food ones, but that's mostly because of the extensive research I carried out for each one.

 Tell us a little about your book?
It's really nice and available to buy now. *smiles charmingly and flutters eyelashes*



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24 comments:

  1. This book sounds delightful. Thank goodness the author isn't much of a wine drinker, eh? Great interview, ladies.

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    1. Thanks, Susan.

      Yes, my life could have been rather different.

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  2. Great interview and off to read more of mine now.

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    1. Thanks, Suzy. Hope you're enjoying it.

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  3. What an exciting life you lead, Patsy, travelling all over with your husband in your camper, and bravo on publishing over 300 short stories. Many congratulations on your new book. The book sound intriguing. I write YA short story adventures about the places we visit as a family Camping with Five Kids in a tiny trailer. Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview, both Nas and Patsy.

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    1. Gosh = travelling with five kids sounds as though it could be hard work. I bet you have fun too and are creating great memories for them.

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  4. Hi Nas! Hi Patsy! Sounds like an exciting life in both fact and fiction. Way to go, Patsy! This sounds like a fun read.

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    1. Thanks, Denise. It was fun to write if that's any guide.

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  5. Congratulations to Patsy! Your book sounds wonderful.

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  6. Writing was definitely a good choice. Congratulations on your book!

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  7. Sizzling cover. Patsy is quite productive. :)

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    1. I can't take credit for the cover, Medeia, but I do like it a lot.

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  8. Wow 300 short stories is amazing! All the best with your book, Patsy. :-)

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  9. Hey Patsy! I know you. Yay! That is mind boggling to me--300 short stories? Now that is epic.

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    1. Hi Crystal!

      I've been writing quite a long time now.

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  10. Traveling in a campervan sounds like fun...and a great way to get ideas for new books!

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    1. It is fun, Stephanie. Actually I'm in it right now, parked up right by the sea. Shame it's dark!

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  11. That's an amazing number of short stories, congrats on that.

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    1. Thanks, Mary.

      I have been writing them for a long time.

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