Paint Me A Picture by Patsy Collins

A review for my novel Paint Me A Picture.



I’ve read a few short story collections by Patsy Collins that I enjoyed. At the end of one was an extract for this book which hooked my attention. I finally got around to reading it, I managed to get a copy from my local library. But you can buy it on Amazon in ebook or physical book format.

Synopsis from GoodReads

“Mavis Forthright carefully planned her jump from Portsmouth’s Round Tower. She’s existed for over five decades. Lived hardly at all. Will end her misery with a few second’s fall into the cold sea. Except she’s not quite ready to die. A half day’s delay to try a bacon sandwich from the cafe won’t matter. Mother’s no longer there to disapprove.

She delays another day to lend Janice a book. Then a week to use her new paints. A month. Until the end of term. Mavis makes new plans; to…

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Write Club podcast.

I was interviewed for a Write Club podcast. I mainly talk about

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I’ve been busy

As well as writing and writing related stuff, I sometimes work as an assistant to my husband. Gary is a maritime photographer – the best there is! This can be a tough job, lugging gear for miles in the cold and wind. Somehow though he never gets round to producing photographic evidence of that. Instead all I have to show for my efforts (other than his undying love and gratitude obviously) are pictures of me topping up my energy levels for such tasks.

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Book Haul


The day I was waiting for finally arrived…. I went to Waterstones. I do have book shops close to me, two branches of The Works and a WHSmith but they don’t have as much as Waterstones, it’s not the same!

I’ve been wanting to go for a while but time, too many books and buying a lot of things for my new house stopped me. Nothing was going to stop me this week! I had a week off with my boyfriend, busy week, (hence this is the first post) we got some house stuff done.

I think I spent ages in Waterstones, my boyfriend isn’t a reader and he was waiting for me, whoops.

As usual I completely forgot what books I wanted and ended up going on my GoodReads to remind me. Deciding was hard and there’s a book I didn’t get that I want to buy Haunting of…

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Valentine’s Trip

I sometimes describe myself as a romantic novelist – meaning both a writer of romance stories, and a romantic person who happens to write. Just to prove it’s true, Gary and I spent Valentine’s Day in the same place we started our honeymoon (different van though).

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Lots Of Love

I have another short story collection out. Lots Of Love contains 25 short stories. It’s £1.99 ($2.99) for the ebook, and £6.60 for the paperback.

Sapphire thinks she needs to be perfect in order to win John’s affections. Will making a perfect mess of things help or hinder her chances? Fennel’s dad expects perfection from a man before he’ll consider him halfway good enough for his daughter, whereas Elizabeth’s mother

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