Patricia Smith


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I often tell people I'm an astronomical bore. I'm absolutely nuts about astronomy and also writing apocalyptic thrillers. You can't shut me up about either.

I have enjoyed writing stories all my life.

I received my first telescope for Christmas 2005. Since then I've enjoyed many nights, freezing until I couldn't stand it anymore, looking at the delights of the Universe and the magical wonders of alien worlds.

I started my career in computing, but presently work helping students to improve their numeracy and English skills. The rest of my time is worked around my writing.

I live in Northumberland, England, with my husband and three cats. Whenever possible, we (not the cats) like to go walking in the magnificent Northumberland hills and mountain biking at Kielder Forest.

My choice of genre stems from my love of apocalyptic thrillers and the 'What if?' scenario.

I strive to give the reader a rollercoaster ride of emotions and excitement, mixed in with a good dash of fear - all from the safety of their armchair.

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Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the story starts to take on its own life. At first, when I look at the screen, at the start of a novel and only have Prologue or Chapter One written and I know I have an entire story to write, it's quite scary but, as the story starts to take on its own life, it begins to write itself. I quite often start out with an idea of where the plot is going to go, but as the story and characters develop it can quite often go off in a direction I didn't plan because the original idea no longer feels right.
What are you working on next?
I'm presently working on the first novel of a trilogy, called, Islands Beneath the Sea. I'm hoping it will be finished around about Easter and released not long after. Once that is finished I will be writing the third novel in the Distant Suns series.
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Where to buy in print


Islands - The Epidemic
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 54,590. Language: British English. Published: July 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
'Islands - The Epidemic' is the first in the Islands series. Six months into an experiment to prove self-sufficiency is possible at the bottom of the sea, a war breaks out and, soon after, the five hundred specialists lose contact with the surface. Also by Patricia Smith: Time Split, Distant Suns and Distant Suns - The Journey Home.
Distant Suns - The Journey Home
Series: Distant Suns, Book 2. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 51,150. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Distant Suns - The Journey Home is the sequel to Distant Suns. The crew of the star ship Terra - the last hope to avoid extinction for the human race - are nearly two years from the dying planet Earth, when their four thousand year long journey, to reach the first possible habitable world, is unexpectedly halted.
Time Split
Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 44,380. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
A scientist’s ‘harmless’ tinkering, just before World War II, causes a catastrophic change of events which lead to nuclear war in the present.
Distant Suns
Series: Distant Suns, Book 1. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 75,420. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Two elderly astronomers and their young apprentice, Lauren, are appointed the top secret task of monitoring a massive cloud of hydrogen heading straight for Earth. When the path of the cloud is altered and it is captured by the planet Jupiter, they think they have avoided disaster, but you can be looking the wrong way when the end of the world sneaks up on you.