Hi! I’m Patsy Collins, aka ‘The Travelling Writer’ as I often work from a campervan wherever my stories are set. I’m a romantic novelist and short story writer. My short stories regularly appear in UK magazines such as My Weekly, The Weekly News, Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. I’m also published in Irish, Australian, Swedish and South African magazines.
My debut novel Escape to the Country was first published after I won a writing competition. I’ve since published three more romances, A Year and a Day. Firestarter and Leave Nothing But Footprints. There’s also the slightly darker contemporary novel, Paint Me a Picture which is set in and around Portsmouth.
I’ve had some success with writing competitions, resulting in prizes such as tea with the local mayor, a silver trophy, T-shirt, dinner in the House of Commons where my poem was performed, an e-reader, books, cheques, book tokens and pens and other appropriate goodies.
As well as writing fiction I sometimes run creative writing workshops, talk to writing groups, and write articles for Writing Magazine. My non-fiction book, From Story Idea to Reader (co-written with Rosemary J. Kind) is an accessible guide to writing and publishing fiction.