Pat Abercromby published her debut fictional novel in 2017, although for several years in the eighties and nineties she was a free-lance journalist. Although she has always enjoyed writing, life had other plans for her, leading her down unexpected and at times, challenging pathways.
Now in her early seventies, Pat finally had the opportunity to sit down and write her first novel and is working on her second novel which she hopes to publish before the end of 2018.
Pat has had an eclectic and changing career pathway which included in her early years, medical research, both in the UK and Germany. That was followed by a successful career running her own medical sales recruitment business-until- along came two babies in quick succession, a recession in the mid-seventies, followed by a move to Singapore with her husband who was a long-haul flight engineer flying the big jets. This was the start of a 16-year odyssey of living overseas in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and America. Pat worked as a radio broadcaster and freelance journalist during the years she lived in Saudi Arabia writing extensively for the Arab News, Saudi Gazette and the in-flight magazine for Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Her return to the UK saw another career change when she retrained in various massage and body-work disciplines and gained a Post Graduate degree in education. She set up a training school with her business partner Davina Thomson and for over a decade, taught Seated Acupressure Therapy courses all over the UK and Ireland.
In 2007 Pat’s husband suffered a devastating stroke and she had to give up her career to become his full-time carer. Eight years later, he went into residential nursing care which has given Pat the time and opportunity to write and pursue other personal interests, including creative writing which led to the publication of her novel Just One Life.
Pat has two daughters and three grandchildren and lives in Buckinghamshire.
Website address: www.patabercromby.co.uk
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2017 Just One Life, Clink Street Publishing – Buy from Amazon
2005 Seated Acupressure Therapy, Corpus Publishing
1980-1986 Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Ahlan Wasahlan (In-flight magazine Saudi Arabian Airlines, writing as Pat A Little)
Synopses of books
Just One Life
Trapped in a turbulent marriage, ending in the role of reluctant carer for her husband, Fran embarks on a journey to rediscover her own identity, in this deeply moving debut novel.
When you realise you have just one life left to live, how do you make peace with the mistakes of your past? Fran should be looking back on her life with pride. She’s risen to the top of the job ladder, having left behind a council housing estate in postwar Glasgow, to forge a colourful, fulﬁlling career and enjoy all the trappings of success.
But instead, Fran is consumed by regret. A shocking revelation has cast her life, and her thirty-year marriage, asunder. She ﬁnds herself the full-time carer for her husband, a man she now accepts, she has never loved. The sacriﬁces she has made, the personal freedoms she has lost, have left Fran crushed. Her free-spirited friend Iona is her one salvation. Their friendship has survived the storms of conﬂict and loss since childhood, their deep aﬀection for one another the only constant remaining in Fran’s life, a life she no longer recognises as her own. Her husband’s new brush with death will give Fran the chance to reﬂect on what she has left, the choices she has made and the two men she has loved and lost. Can Fran ﬁnd a way through the ruins of her marriage and ﬁnd inner peace, to make the most of what remains of her life’s journey?
Other Social Media: BBC Three Counties Radio August 22nd 2017 Interviewed on The Health Show by Nana Akua
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Contact email: p.aberc[rom]email@example.com – remove square brackets before emailing
Contact telephone: 07970 669112