I’m delighted to welcome my very good friend and fellow author, Pat Posner, to my Friday Read blog today. Pat and I first worked together on the My Little Pony magazine many years ago and have kept in touch ever since. A multi-published children’s author and regular short story and pocket novel writer for People’s Friend Pat has recently had two books published by Fabrian books. I love the nostalgic feel of the covers.
Christmas Wishes, New Year Kisses
From their very first meeting, sparks fly between Rose and Matthew. Discovering they have a lot in common – they are both coping with loss and both have a parentless child to love and care for – sometimes calms things and sometimes ignites those sparks further as they lend each other moral support through tough times. And though they both wish there could be a relationship between them, there are reasons there can’t be.
It doesn’t help that they’re thrown together when their little nieces become best friends and want to see a lot of each other. There’s fun and laughter and silly happenings when they spend time together. Neither Rose nor Matthew can they deny the little girls something that so clearly helps them – especially as Christmas is drawing near and memories can be painful.
But Christmas is a time for making wishes. But how can Christmas wishes come true for Rose and Matthew and the two little best friends?
Welcome to Broome Park Prefab Village
Step back in time to the early 1950s when the aftermath of World War Two was still etched deeply in memories, some foods were still on ration, menfolk were on – or returning from – National Service and Britain was about to crown a new queen.
This collection of stories is about the families who live in Broome Park Prefab Village. Stories of friendship, good neighbours, a war widow whose young daughter wishes for a Daddy, love and romance, a very special Christmas, shared problems and the occasional crime.
‘Daffodil Days’ will be available in ebook from October 2017
Pat had her first publication when she was eight – a silly rhyme in her school magazine. A few years later she started writing children’s books and has had over 100 published.
Now she writes short fiction for women’s magazines and Pocket Novels – “family and friends” stories set in the 1950s and also contemporary romance. She is published by DC Thomson and in large print books by Ulverscroft.
Her stories are set in villages in Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales. Everyday life in country villages, where gossip and “newsiness” abound, isn’t always as tranquil or as uneventful as it sometimes seems. But there’s usually a neighbour or friend to help overcome any problems.
Pat lives in a farmhouse on a sheep farm with her husband, Peter. They are owned by Tim and Ted, their two Rough Collies, visiting wildlife and the sheep who graze in the moorland meadows outside Pat’s study window. The farmhouse and animals often appear in her stories.
I’ve visited Pat and seen those sheep looking in through the window. 🙂
I asked Pat to tell us a bit more about herself
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Even before I could write, I used to tell my made-up stories to anyone who would listen. Then, when I learnt to write I made little books. So I guess the answer is yes.
Has any author inspired you?
Apart from my Dad, who wasn’t a published author but told me stories about “Willie Worm and his Friends” as a serial story (he’s no longer with us but I have those stories on an old cassette tape) the first ones to inspire me must have been Enid Blyton, Malcolm Saville, Elinor Brent-Dyer and many more. After that: Miss Read, Rebecca Shaw, Lilian Harry and Agatha Christie to name but a few.
What do you like writing most?
Series set in the 1950s and ‘60s, contemporary romance and family stories set in British villages in Yorkshire or Lancashire. My novel “Christmas Wishes…New Year Kisses” due out Nov 7th is set where I live – ‘up in the hills’ on the Lancashire/West Yorkshire boundary.
Do you have a special place for writing?
Yes, I have my own room but it’s shared with Tim ‘n’ Ted our two rough collies and also the sheep, ducks and geese who peer in through the window.
Are you a pantster or a plotter?
Because I love writing series, I make pictorial maps, or model villages, showing where my characters live. So that part counts as plotting but, apart from that, I’m probably more of a pantster.
I remember your maps and model villages! They were super, very detailed.
Is your writing ever inspired by your family or real life incidents?
Dad used to give Mum a carnation on every special occasion. Something similar happens in the first story in “Daffodil Days – Stories from Broome Park Prefab Village”. I don’t know where my characters come from, though.
What are you writing at the moment?
I’m back in Broome Park Prefab Village. This time it will be a novel or novella instead of a collection of short stories.
What inspired you to write this book?
I think it was because I like nostalgia and creating families and neighbours from times past. But I don’t know where the inspiration for setting it in a Prefab Village came from.
What time of the day do you write best?
Mornings and early evening – but early evening often turns into late.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, baking, meandering walks around the lovely area I live in and going round markets.
What advice would you give to other writers?
Don’t let rejections stop you from writing.
Lovely to talk to you, Pat. Lots of luck with your new books!
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