Chindi Author of the Week is Patricia M Osborne.
Today, 9th March 2020, Patricia M Osborne celebrates the launch of her second novel The Coal Miner’s Son. The Coal Miner’s Son is Book 2 in the House of Grace trilogy but may be read as a standalone.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m married, have three grown-up children and six grandchildren. I grew up with four siblings living in a two up and two down on a cobbled street in Bolton, where icicles not only formed outside the bedroom window but inside too. We had to go outside to the backyard to the loo and poor Mum had to drag a tin bath in from the yard. This was then filled from buckets of water heated up on the stove. When I was eleven, Dad got a new job and we moved down to Surrey.
When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? And how did you go about it?
I’ve always loved writing from as long as I can remember, particularly poetry. I won my first poetry competition when I was around seven. It was about clothes. Thinking about it, I loved writing about swans, ducks, and clothes and that actually hasn’t changed. I love writing about fashion in my family sagas and swans and ducks in my poems.
Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
My books are historical fiction, family sagas, set in the 50s and 60s. The audience is mainly the more mature woman who likes to reminisce the retro but to be honest younger women seem to enjoy them and also some men.
I also write poetry which is mainly narrative free verse. I am presently working on a collection about myth, folklore and legend around trees. The research has been fascinating.
Apart from writing what are your favourite past times?
Swimming, walking, photography, singing and playing my piano, although the latter has been sadly neglected of late but it’s on my list to get back into it because I miss it.
What inspires you?
So many things inspire me but top of the pile has to be trees and birds for my poetry. Reading and watching period dramas and family sagas are great inspiration for my novel writing.
What are you working on now?
I always have more than one project on the go and at the moment I am halfway through Book 3 of The House of Grace trilogy, The Granville Legacy. I have another couple of novels sitting on my PC that need time to brew before I can move on further with them. I am also working on a couple of poetry collections.
Do you base any of your characters on real people?
Sometimes, yes. I often take characteristics from a variety of people to make one character. Television series are great for inspiring character and one of the villains in The Coal Miner’s Son was inspired by character, Ossie Whitworth, from Poldark.
Patricia M Osborne is married with grown-up children and grandchildren. She was born in Liverpool but now lives in West Sussex. In 2019 she graduated with an MA in Creative Writing (University of Brighton).
Patricia writes novels, poetry and short fiction, and has been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Her first poetry pamphlet ‘Taxus Baccata’ is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in Spring 2020.
She has a successful blog at Patriciamosbornewriter.com where she features other writers and poets. When Patricia isn’t working on her own writing, she enjoys sharing her knowledge, acting as a mentor to fellow writers and as an online poetry tutor with Writers’ Bureau.
The Coal Miner’s Son is the second book in the House of Grace trilogy.
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