Patricia Fawcett is the author of over 20 novels.
She was born in Preston, has lived in various parts of Northern England, including the Lake District, and now lives in Devon.
She divides her time between writing, being a lively grandmother and a volunteer at a National Trust property. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the West Country Writers' Association.
What readers say about Patricia
"I've read many of Patricia Fawcett's books over the years and they always draw me in... Perfect holiday, wet weekend or anytime reading."
"I was hooked on her style of writing immediately."
"Patricia Fawcett's grasp of the English language is masterclass, absolutely brilliant."
"Patricia Fawcett has a great gift when it comes to creating, and bringing to life, characters from everyday life."
How did you become a writer?
I joined a Writers’ Circle up in Co. Durham and realised straightaway that this was what I wanted to do. Talking to other writers was a joy and it gave me much needed encouragement.
What is the best thing about being a writer? And the worst?
The best thing is that moment when the story 'takes off' – you never know quite when that is going to happen but when it does, believe me, you know. After that happens, you can’t wait to get to that desk. The worst thing is slogging through those initial stages when it feels forced and you have to almost drag yourself to the desk.
How long does it take for you to write a book?
Recently I have been writing a book a year which is challenging but there are no rules about this. Take as long as you need, but it’s a good idea to set yourself a personal deadline, otherwise there’s a danger it never gets finished.
What is your writing day like?
It depends what stage the book is at. Thinking about it at the beginning can take place anywhere but later I have to be there at the desk. Once I am started on a book, I will be there at some point every day but I am not there every minute of that day.
What kinds of books do you read yourself?
Anything except science fiction/fantasy. I like thrillers, political and legal thrillers particularly, but I also like historical fiction – anything connected with the Tudor period.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I do volunteer work with the National Trust as a room guide. This is a great opportunity to meet and chat with people and it is essential for a writer to engage with people. I enjoy it hugely and living in Devon as I do, I also enjoy visiting Cornwall and the coast and walking on Dartmoor.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Join a writers’ group, preferably one run by an established writer as my group was. Listen to advice offered and don’t be too precious about your work. I would never have been published if I had not been prepared to accept criticism and act on it.