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Author Patricia Bowen, who’s just published her first novel The Cure, can finally see the wood for the trees.

After 25 years living in the woods – her Twitter handle is @WoodsgalWrites – she’s now moved into a cosy townhouse with lots of time and space to write.

Just don’t ask her to share her guilty secret…

Meet the author:

My name: Patricia Ann Bowen

My family: four sons, three daughters-in-law, seven grandkids, one great grandson, one brother

I was born in…. Newark, New Jersey, but now live in…Woodstock, Georgia

Cosy

I like my home because…I lived in the woods for twenty-five years, mostly alone, and last year moved into a townhouse.

It was time.

I have a pool, no maintenance, it’s cosy, and I have lots of time and space to write.

One thing I’d change about me…I’ve changed so many things already, I think I’ll just let life do the rest of the changing. It will anyway.

One thing I wouldn’t…My exercise routines. I walk three miles every day, work out at the gym three mornings a week, do yoga twice a week, and swim almost every day from May thru October.

Fairyland

Earliest childhood memory? A massive snowfall when I was around four years old. It was over my head and we couldn’t walk in it until my dad shovelled us out.

All the cars were buried, shops were closed. It was a fairy land.

The last book you read? Draft of a fellow writer’s latest mystery, as yet untitled. We swap and critique each other’s work. It’s fun, and a big responsibility.

What keeps you awake at night? The kind of planet we’re leaving the coming generations. They won’t enjoy the riches of nature we’ve had, and they won’t even know what they’ve missed. Sad.

What’s in your bag right now? I don’t carry one. My phone case has room for cards and cash, and I try to always wear something with pockets.

Go-to companion for a night on the sofa? A good book, of course, and a large gin martini, up with two olives.

Greatest extravagance? My children.

What you don’t know about me? I’ve been to around thirty countries, mostly for business, but I always tried to take some holiday time for myself before or after my assignments. It was most enlightening.

My guilty secret? If I told you I’d have to shoot you.

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About The Cure:

Two people harbouring secrets…

A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

He bargains with the sceptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it.

Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope.

She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.

Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion.

Complicated

Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests?

And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?

Many lives will be changed, but at what cost…and to whom?

Available to buy on Amazon.