Interview with author Patricia M. Osborne
Can you tell us a little about your book?
House of Grace is my debut novel and a family saga. Set in the 50s and 60s the story is told by a sixteen-year-old girl narrator. Grace, the protagonist, longs to be a fashion designer but her noble father has other plans. She finishes boarding school and takes a trip to Bolton with her school roommate and Grace’s life is never the same again. The reader travels with Grace through two decades as she struggles with family conflict, love, poverty and tragedy.
Who would your book be perfect for?
For women, particularly women that grew up in the same era, but younger women enjoy reading about what things were like back then. House of Grace is perfect for women 16+ although I’ve had quite a few men read and love it too.
Did you have a favourite character to write?
Grace was my favourite character. Her looks and elegance were based on my mum at that age. I was always asking my late mum what she’d have worn to a dance etc.
What inspired you to write the book?
I took my GCSE Maths and English in 2013 during the last year of my BA Open University Degree. One of the English assignments was to write about ‘A Day as a Coal Miner’s Wife,’ and this is how Grace was born. However, I needed something more than a coal miner’s wife and I was inspired by the television dramas, Mr Selfridge and House of Elliot. (Some of you may be old enough to remember the latter. House of Grace originated from a screenplay that I wrote for my BA dissertation.
Can you share with us a photo that means something special to you?
This photograph is special because it was the first time I met this lovely lady author, Joy Wood, after persuading her to come to Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. We had become friends on Book Connectors Facebook page when she answered a question concerning my first book event. She was just as lovely in real life and I can’t wait to see her again.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
I think every time I get a great review, or an email or message pops up on my computer from a reader saying how much they loved my book, is a proud moment. However, one specific moment was when I was invited by Crawley Wordfest last year to take part in a local author’s Question and Answer evening. Sitting next to Hannah Vincent answering the same questions about our books was a proud moment. Hannah was my Advanced Creative Writing tutor when I completed my BA Open University degree and yet on this evening we were no longer student and tutor but two author friends chatting to an audience about our books.
Do you have any questions for your readers?
It’s always great to get feedback of any kind, so if anyone has read House of Grace, I’d love to know what they think of it.
What is your all-time favourite read and why?
Probably Little Women as it was my first grown-up book that I read when I was seven. I adored the story then and still do. In fact, it’s on my list to read again to see what my take is on it now I’m an MA graduate in Creative Writing.
Patricia M Osborne was born in Liverpool and spent time in Bolton as a child. She now lives in West Sussex. Apart from novel writing, Patricia writes poetry and short fiction. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. Following four years of study with the University of Brighton she is an MA graduate in Creative Writing. House of Grace is her debut novel. Patricia is currently working on ‘The Coal Miner’s Son,’ the next book in the ‘House of Grace’ series, although may be read as a standalone. She anticipates this being published during 2019. Watch this space.
Where can you find Patricia M Osborne?
Facebook: Patricia M Osborne, Writer
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