Thursday, 10 November 2016

No Family Secrets

I have another short story collection out! (No, I don't have anything better to do with my time.) You can buy it here. No pressure at all.

You could also help spread the word by tweeting, sharing on Facebook etc. Only the teensiest bit of pressure there ;-)

Perhaps Aunty Louise hadn't wanted to be told the truth about why her bum looked big in that dress. If so, she asked the wrong person; Tracie's mum never lied. Louise did ask though, that's why she was told. That's why there are questions Tracie keeps to herself.

Sue's mother always tells the truth, but people don't always listen. Jemima tells lies. Well, it's either that or get a job and pay her way and she's not really suited to that sort of thing. She's much better at manipulation, although perhaps not good enough.

Angela hasn't been strictly honest about the painting and Mary's mother-in-law has withheld important information. That causes upset in both their families, until the loving, honest support of their daughters-in-law put everything right.

Can lies ever be a good thing? Perhaps if they're told to preserve family traditions, or to allow a sick child to benefit from the help of a superhero, they're forgivable. The made up stories Jane tells little Charlie certainly have a positive affect and not only on her son.

Families, whether we're born or married into them, or choose them for ourselves all have stories to tell. This collection contains 25 of them.

Do you ever write about members of your family? I don't do that directly, but I do use some relatives as inspiration. Hard no to as they're such an interesting bunch.


  1. Hi Patsy ... I've enjoyed your other stories ... so I'm sure these will resonate with readers. I don't write about family ... and I don't really do characters - but I bring in aspects as I blog ... and then I have the memories, which can come out for other projects ... cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks, Hilary.

      I suspect aspects of people we've kown will seep into most people's writing.

  2. A lot of my characters are based on people I know - not necessarily family. I just hope they never recognise themselves!

  3. I've used ancestral relatives and some others indirectly/directly, but not as a habit.

  4. Great little taster, Patsy. I've never used family members as inspiration for any stories - only friends and acquaintances! :)

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  5. Congratulations, Patsy! This collection sounds interesting, will check it out. I definitely use family members as inspiration, but have not written about them directly as of yet.

  6. Well done, Patsy - sounds like a great read!

  7. I have never written a poem about my family, but have certainly written about other animals...


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