Author uses local inspiration as setting for latest novel

LOCAL ANGLE Patsy Collins in her camper van with her new novel Firestarter
LOCAL ANGLE Patsy Collins in her camper van with her new novel Firestarter
Len Chivers, 93, left, from Old Portsmouth and Vic Merry, 92, from Southsea 
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An author based at Lee-on-the-Solent has written a novel using several locations around the area.

Patsy Collins – a successful writer of short stories, romance novels and contributor to Writing Magazine – is launching her latest book, Firestarter, on November 5.

It is a fiery, romantic comedy and Patsy conducted extensive research to make her plot believable.

This included questioning Hampshire’s Fire and Rescue Service about their reaction to and consequences of hoax calls and learning about the camaraderie between firefighters both on duty and off. She also spent time studying local wildlife.

Readers will recognise many of the book’s locations including The Hard, Portsmouth, New Forest Show, Fawley and Romsey.

Patsy said: ‘I’m fortunate the Southampton area is so rich in shopping and socialising venues and has wonderful habitats for seabirds. These varying elements help bring the story to life. The New Forest Show also provided inspiration.’

Alice has a fantasy and it starts with being rescued by a hunky fireman, involves the kiss of life and ends with him not needing his uniform. At the New Forest Show, Alice is offered an innocent version of her dream and reluctantly turns down fireman Hamish’s invitation.

Despite Alice’s blameless behaviour, boyfriend Tony’s obsessive jealousy kicks in. Hamish wants to take Tony’s place, but a hoaxer ensures Alice already sees far too much of Hampshire Fire Service.

Patsy Collins does much of her writing in her campervan giving her access to locations in which her stories are set. Patsy shares her work space with her husband photographer, Gary Davies

She has had hundreds of short stories published in magazines such as Woman’s Weekly, My Weekly and Take a Break.

Firestarter is Patsy’s fourth published novel and can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle at £1.99 or purchased in paperback, £7.49.

It is also available from The Book Shop at Lee-on-the-Solent as well as local libraries. A sample can be read at patsycollins.uk.