She is the founder member of NW Novelistas Ink, a group of twelve novelists including several bestsellers, who meet regularly in North Wales, and also a long-term member of the Society of Authors and Literature Wales.
Trisha originates from St Helens in west Lancashire and believes that her typically dark Lancashire sense of humour, crossed with a good dose of Celtic creativity from her Welsh grandmother, have made her what she is today… whatever that is.
After studying architectural glass at Swansea Art College she has supported her writing compulsion by taking on a diverse series of part-time jobs, including working for a lead light maker and plumber, selling entrance tickets to National Trust properties, doing manuscript critiques and painting portraits. Nowadays she lives in north Wales, together with the neurotic Border Collie foisted onto her by her son and a very chancy Muse.
She loves exploring food, gardens and old houses and these preoccupations are a recurring theme in her novels. When she has a little spare time, Trisha loves to walk on the nearby beach, or stroll around the world-famous Bodnant Gardens, and also paints, mainly in oils.
As to how she got published, Trisha says: “I wasn’t an overnight success, by any means! For years I submitted manuscripts of satirical novels to publishers and received rave rejections, saying they thought my writing was hysterically funny (hopefully in a good way…) though they just couldn’t see quite how to market it. But then I had the great good fortune to be taken on by literary agent Judith Murdoch, who immediately put her finger on the problem."
“Trisha, this romantic comedy hasn’t got any romance in it at all,” she informed me succinctly. “Go away and put some in.”
So I did, and soon my first romantic comedy, Good Husband Material, was published.
Trisha has a super, fun newsletter, Skint Old Northern Woman News – she says that you don’t have to be skint, old, northern, or even female to get it, just have a good sense of humour!
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