Tracy Patrick writes fiction and poetry. Her debut novel is Blushing is for Sinners (Clochoderick Press, 2019).
Paisley mill girl, Jean McParland, is increasingly frustrated by her humdrum job and longs for a better future for herself and her daughter, Ava. So when old flame Billy re-enters her life, she's easily seduced by his dreams of escape - an association which will have disastrous results.
Fifty years later, and Ava is now a high-flying executive in Vancouver. But the death of her aunt, who brought her up, triggers a chain of events which, ultimately, leads her back to the town of her birth...
'This is a very accomplished, page turning debut, switching confidently between the corporate environment surrounding Ava in present-day Canada and the parochial, conformist Paisley her mother knew, keeping readers in eager suspense over where their separate stories will go.'
The Herald Magazine.
'This ambitious first novel is brimming with warmth, heart and soul, a host of memorable characters and a deep-rooted political awareness.'
Donal McLaughlin, author and translator.
'As if weaving her own Paisley shawl from word patterns, Patrick uses an understated, consistently powerful narrative that always engages and brings an inner smile to this reader. An absorbing read that delivers, page by page by page.'
Brian Whittingham, Tannahill Makar for Renfrewshire.
Tracy Patrick is the author of Wild Eye Fire Eye (Earth Love Press, 2015), a lovingly created pamphlet of thirty-seven poems inspired by animals in Celtic art, religion and myth, and designed, illustrated and hand-stitched by the author.