‘BELIEVE in yourself and your story’ – this is the advice given to would-be authors by a Boston woman who has just published her first book – at the age of 73.
Patricia Francis, of Carmalt Green, recently took part in a booksigning for her short children’s story A Witch in the Toolshed at Oldrids store.
“It’s thrilling to finally see your work in print, and I would say to anyone wanting to write, not to be discouraged, and to believe in yourself and your story,” she said.
About 30 people turned up on the day to buy a signed copy of the book – which is on sale at the store priced £6.
The story follows a young girl called Anna who befriends a witch hiding out in her father’s toolshed.
Despite having written short stories for magazines over the years, this is Patricia’s first book – published by local publisher Paul Mould.