Welcome Patsy Collins – Author of A Year and a Day

Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us?

I usually have several different projects on the go at once. I’ve done a draft of another romantic novel about photographers who travel about in a campervan. Fortunately I’ve found a good looking photographer with a campervan so I’m going to spend the summer with him for research purposes.
I’m also in the planning stages of another novel set on a farm.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. Anything I see, do, hear or read can spark a story idea. Coming across ideas is no problem, the difficulty is in knowing which ones are worth working on and in what way. An interesting situation might be the basis for a whole novel. Something glimpsed as I walk by might be a tiny, but important, detail in a short scene.
It also helps that I’ve had a variety of different jobs and met a lot of interesting people so I have memories which can sometimes be expanded into stories.
Do you have only one WIP, or do you bounce around between projects?
Just call me Zebedee.
How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?
If I just meet them the once and they’re interesting then it’s quite likely I’ll use them to build a character. If I know them well then it’s much less likely. People are formed by everything that happens to them. I won’t want my character to have the same entire life history as one of my friends or family and as a result of them having a different life they’ll be a different person.
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or you removed in your finished work?
I often write scenes that don’t make it into the finished book. If they don’t add anything much to the story, other than an increase in word count, then they have to go.
Where can we find more information about you and your books?
What did you do to celebrate when your first book was published?

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