Publisher(s): w/a Patricia Crossley: NovelBooksInc, Atlantic Bridge, Zumaya
Publications, TrebleHeart Books, DiskUs Publishing; w/a Margrett Dawson: Liquid Silver Books (Atlantic Bridge)
Personal website: http://www.patriciacrossley.com
Patricia would like to share this quotation with you:
"Solomon said one of the most wonderful, mysterious things on
Earth is 'the way of a man with a maid.' Every culture has a means of recognizing the delicate, breathtaking
dance that takes place between a man and a woman -- getting to know someone, liking what you experience,
falling in love. It used to be called courting. To be wooed and won was a beautiful, romantic process, one
that fostered a lifetime of passion and commitment. Indeed, the civility and respect for boundaries that
romance and courtship entail used to be the raw material of learning how to treat anyone well. They are
foundational to culture as a whole. It is arguable that if this civility is not cultivated between men and
women, it will not likely exist anywhere." (Elizabeth Nickson, in the National Post on May 11, 2001)
Happily married herself, and believing strongly in the bond of love
between two people, Patricia delights in seeing what brings them together, how they fight the odds against
them, how they stay together. All her books are about two lovers "finding" each other: across
time, after betrayal, through history.
Patricia has four novels published electronically and three short
stories. Her latest book is a romantic suspense, set in Victoria BC. Her books are classed as romances, although the big romance houses
would argue with that. She always says she writes "Romance with a twist." That twist is what
makes them a hard sell to Harlequin or Silhouette, but which appeals to many readers.
Patricia was born and brought up in London, England. She was a real
city kid, her life defined by tube stations and double-decker buses. Very few people owned a car when
she was little and if she traveled it was by long distance bus or steam train. No motorways then, of course, so
everywhere, even on the other side of London, was a very long way away. The countryside seemed a magical
place, but the family only went outside the city at holiday times. Her parents
favoured the south
coast and she had an uncle with a dairy farm in Devon which she adored. She went back there two years ago and
found the old stone farmhouse and the tiny village virtually unchanged. This farm was the inspiration for
the Godwin House in Journey's End, although she had to move it many miles closer to London in the story.
In her teens she spent a great deal of time in France, living and
working with French families and attending university. Although she learned French very young as a second
language, it seems to her now that she has always spoken it equally with English.
She grew up reading Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Jane Austen and
particularly loved the "fictionalized history" where real people were brought to life. When she did
her degrees, she was immersed in the literatures of France and Germany. Much of that literature is about
the relationships between men and women, some of it rather cynical. This taught her an appreciation not
only for the structure of a book, but also for the analysis of the relationships between people, and the
observation of character.
If you are born in Europe, you cannot help but be steeped in history.
Patricia's parents later lived near St. Albans, where there is an inn dating back to Roman times and which
has therefore served ale continuously for over sixteen hundred years. The cockpit is now a bar. A new road
being pushed through unearthed the remains of a magnificent Roman villa. Day trips when she was a child
were to Museums, the Tower of London, Hampton Court. History to her was a part of life, and she
thinks that is why she tries to bring historical detail into her books.
She became a second language teacher, married an engineer, whom she
had first met when she was eighteen (another story) and had a daughter. When she was still a baby, they
moved to Montreal, where Patricia found her bilingual skills in great demand. Her other two sons are
Quebecers. When she moved to Canada she was fortunate enough to live in the most historic area of the country,
where Jacques Cartier landed in 1535. There was a seamless transition from the history of Europe to that of the
New World. She was fascinated by the culture of Quebec, where for many years people were routinely
isolated, physically and emotionally. They were first cut off from France, the source of their language and
culture, they fought to survive in a hostile climate of extreme cold for half the year, they battled to retain a
French presence in a sea of English. All these are reflected in the music and literature in Quebec. All the
family loved Quebec, and Patricia has used some of the scenes and history from an area just outside Montreal for
her paranormal romance, Beloved Stranger.
The family spent two years in Philadelphia when the children were
small, and five wonderful years in Baden Baden, Germany, before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Patricia worked at a demanding job in educational administration in
Vancouver and then for the university in Victoria before deciding to try her hand at fiction. She'd always
written a lot: stories for kids, reports, articles, but never had the time to do what she wanted to do, that is
let her imagination soar. She's made up for it since! Her husband Rod has a sailboat and he races during the
winter. Patricia goes along for the warm summer cruises and works on her books when not helping with sails and
steering. They delight in the beauty and the space, not to mention the wilder climate.
When computers began to appear in schools, Patricia was an
enthusiastic participant. From the very beginning she could see the wonderful advantages of the software. And
then came the internet! What a revelation! When she first began writing seriously,
in the early nineties, print was the only option and she tried very hard to break in. It soon became very
apparent that she was coloring outside the lines, so to speak, for the main publishing houses. For example, her
time travel "Journey's End" moves from the present, to the past, to the future. The big houses found this
disconcerting, although they were always complimentary about the writing and characterization. Since
"Journey's End" has been e published, it's been selling well. There have been lots more compliments, and even four
stars from Romantic Times. So readers like it!
With a foot on both sides of the Atlantic Patricia feels that she can
draw what she needs from either well of information. In nearly all the places Patricia has lived since her
marriage she has been a "stranger" either by birth or language. This creates a new mindset and way of observing
life. It gives her a wealth of experience to draw on, enriching her own life as well as her writing.
Since they reached the edge of the North American continent, Patricia
and Rod set off for new adventures. From September 2001 until March 2002, they are volunteering in an
educational organization in Kenya.
On her web site, you'll find reviews
and first chapters of her novels and extracts from the short stories. Very soon she plans to start posting
the opening of her suspense novel, and she'll be looking for feedback. Her site has several free downloads,
including samplers, stories and a whole cook book. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to be added to her mailing list for short articles about her experiences and the people she
meets in Africa over the next six months.
Visit Victoria, British Columbia: http://www.city.victoria.bc.ca/visitors/attractions.shtml