Originally from Toronto, Canada, the pandemic caused Patricia and her husband to move two hours north to The Blue Mountains with Georgian Bay in their ‘front yard’ and ski hills 8 minutes away. An admitted travel fanatic, Patricia can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France, for her annual visit.
As of January, 2015, along with being an indie author, Patricia has also published with Lake Union Publishing. This is the women’s fiction arm of Amazon Publishing.
With a focus on her love of the south of France, women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, Patricia has heard from readers (men too!) ages 20 to 83.
Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and the audiobook, read by Patricia, is available on Audible. In December 2020, the Tenth Anniversary edition of The Bridge Club was published with added content and a new Epilogue. This version answers a critical question left hanging in the original publication.
Patricia’s second novel, The Promise of Provence received a 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Literary Fiction. An Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, The Promise of Provence was also a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist ~ Women’s Fiction.
The Promise of Provence, Promises To Keep, and I Promise You This, comprise the three books of the Love in Provence trilogy, published by Lake Union, along with Patricia’s fifth novel, Drawing Lessons, on October 1, 2017. Drawing Lessons was a semi-Finalist for the Chanticleer Somerset Literary Award.
In 2019 and 2020, Patricia responded to requests from readers for more stories about the beloved characters in the Love in Provence trilogy. The three novellas of The Villa des Violettes series are the result. Book #4 is planned for 2021.
As writers do, Patricia is currently in edits for her sixth novel.
Until the pandemic interrupted life, since 2013 Patricia has co-led tours of the French Riviera and the countryside of Provence based on the Love in Provence trilogy. The most recent tour (12 days, 16 women) was in September 2019. If you would like to go with her and her BFF, Deborah Bine (aka Barefoot Blogger) who lives in France a good part of the year, go to Absolutely Southern France.com to see details of the tour. It’s the perfect trip for women traveling on their own or with good friends. You can see photos of the trips on the Travel page here.
Find out more at Patricia’s Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads, Instagram or her blog where you will find links to her books, social media, and monthly newsletter. She loves hearing from readers, so don’t hesitate to email her.
Her newsletter, sent once a month, contains special giveaways as well as her photography and information about the south of France, her home away from home. Just click on the sign-up link in the column, on the right, on this page.
And please don’t be confused by the different appearance. Like so many women who have not been able to visit a hair salon for a year, there’s been a change! This is still me! And my sweet grandpup, Georgia the Goldendoodle … who owns me!
HEAR PATRICIA’S MOST RECENT PODCAST ~ THE BEST OF WOMEN’S FICTION ~ WITH LAINEY CAMERON ~ January 2021
Podcast fun with Blondie (KJ Waters) and the Brit (Suzanne Kelman)
Interview on Barb Taub’s website
Interview on The Riviera Woman website.
Read about Patricia and Kristin Espinasse here.
Busting a Myth about Writing ~Patricia writes about writing
Chatting with Deb about Drawing Lessons at Brook Cottage Books