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Patricia Gibney

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My name is Patricia Gibney and I’m from Mullingar, County Westmeath. Right in the heart of Ireland. Surrounded by lakes, Mullingar is damp and wet most of the year but when the sun shines it is a little piece of heaven on earth. I’ve lived here all my life. I’m widowed, seven years in May, but was married to Aidan since 1982. I’ve three children who keep me sane, or maybe keep the madness at bay, just a little bit! I say that because I am an artist and a writer. I started writing, for therapy, when Aidan died. I self-published a children’s picture book, called Spring Sprong Sally.

I secured an agent in January 2016 and she is fighting my corner in an effort to get my debut novel published.

Three years ago, I decided to get serious about it. I joined The Irish Writers Centre. Started doing courses. I love reading crime thrillers so it was obvious to me to start writing in the crime genre. And let me tell you, it is not easy. A crime novel needs to be tightly plotted and plotting is the bane of my life. I prefer to write straight off the top of my head. Oh, Oh. Feels good when writing but then comes the editing. I lost 20,000 words in the process. But at least I am proud to say I got it done.

I am now writing the second novel in the series, featuring Lottie Parker and a host of credible characters. They are all part of my extended family, you know the kind – people you love one minute and want to kill the next!

So join me on this journey and lets see where it leads us.

P.M. Gibney


The Missing Ones

My debut novel, the first of the DI Lottie Parker series, is currently available to purchase on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks.
Bookouture is my publisher. The Missing Ones publication date is March 16th 2017.

I am so excited. Years of dreaming about being a published author and finally, my dream is being realised.
I secured Ger Nichol of The Book Bureau as my agent in January 2016. I signed with Bookouture in July 2016 for four books and my debut novel went up for pre-order on Amazon on 23rd December 2016. 2016 has been a year of firsts for me. I hope 2017 continues to light up my life.
I have just submitted the second book in the Lottie Parker series to Bookouture where my editors Lydia Vassar-Smith and Jenny Geras will hopefully work their magic.
I’ve come to appreciate that a crucial part of the writing process is editing. This is all new to me and over the last six months I’ve learned just how many stages a novel must go through before it is ready to meet the reader. The most difficult part for me personally is trying to continue writing a new novel, immersing myself in a new plot line while simultaneously editing the previous one. I have a core set of characters that will feature in all the novels each book introduces new characters – villians, victims and the virtuous. New scenery, new plots and sub plots. I love this. The creative part. Thinking and writing. The really hard part is to keep this going while being thrust back into the previous book to do an edit. It is not easy. It takes a lot of discipline. As I say, it is new to me, but I’m learning. Quickly!

And I’m also learning about the world of online publishing. Pre-orders, rankings, reviews, blogs. These are all crucial elements of getting your book recognised and bought. And Bookouture has a wonderful professional team to help me along the way.

My debut crime novel, first in the Lottie Parker series, is The Missing Ones.

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