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.
Out today! My new romantic novel, Leave Nothing But Footprints.
Jessica Borlase always gets what she wants. From cocktails in the exact shade of her manicure, holiday on Capri with friends, to a spacious apartment, her father’s money makes it possible. She enjoys the luxurious lifestyle and is grateful for his support, but frustrated to always be treated as Daddy’s pampered little girl. She tries to break free, by leaving Borlase Enterprises and studying photography.
Now what Jess wants is the utterly gorgeous Eliot Beatty; a world famous photographer who often uses his talents to benefit conservation projects. Her father attempts to bribe Eliot into taking Jess on an assignment in order to teach her the skills she’ll need to develop a career. Although annoyed at the interference, she’s delighted to discover this means two weeks with Eliot in the beautiful countryside of South Wales and close confines of a campervan. Trouble is, the man can’t be bought.
Jess eventually manages to persuade Eliot to take her. She believes she can earn his respect and that she’s ready for the hard work, long hours and living conditions far short of those she’s used to. She’s wrong on all counts. Can Jess learn to cope with the realities of the trip, and is Eliot really worth the effort?
My published books …