We're not in the publishing business to do the writing for our authors [and writers; we make that distinction - Ed.], so further along the menu bar you'll see names that link to blogs and websites [and the word More - Ed.]. First, there's All The Books, which does what it says on the [that's a cliche - Ed.] menu bar, but this is the About Us page, so let's get straight to it.
Author profile: Patricia Finney
Climbing Tree Books publishes mostly online but also print titles; mostly fiction but also fact; mostly historical but also, er, not historical. With a little fantasy mixed in. We're writers who set up a publishing company. We're making this up as we go along.
Is that enough? Oh, okay. Climbing Tree Books was founded in 2012, over coffee in the upstairs cafe at Waterstone's in Truro, Cornwall. We were talking about friends - plural - who were mostly known for fact but had also written fiction, or vice-versa, more than one of each, whose opportunity to get mainstream-published was limited by the typecasting of what they'd done before.
Then William said something about technology in general, and the internet in particular, and Kindles specifically because he'd just bought one - about IT being a way of cutting out the obstacle in the middle. Patricia talked about the idea she's had for a book about computer games, which didn't quite fit with her mainstream-published historical novels, and William mentioned that after a long career of writing about finance and technology, a relatively mainstream publisher had just brought out his children's book What Do Mummy And Daddy Do While You Are Asleep?
Which took some explaining. But the conversation came back round: the idea of not sending a book through the process, but just going ahead and publishing it, had taken hold. We talked more about writers of one thing who had ideas for another thing (but ... typecasting, etc.), and, y'know, had a few more coffees, then lunch, then a day or two later, a Meeting with a definite capital M. Climbing Tree Books - it's a specific tree; we've seen pictures and made polite noises - came into being.
The rest is - quite obscure, actually. We still publish readable books by friends we've met and friends we haven't met yet, typecast or not, and we commission illustrators and artists and graphic designers, and writers of articles and blog posts. We still do all that, but Patricia's off in Hungary researching her family history and writing historical (and alt. historical) novels, while William - he's around here somewhere, although he does have this irritating habit of hiding behind pseudonyms.
There's more, and it's all madly scandalous and interesting, but we did tell the young lad that we'd use one of his Photoshop pieces, and this seem the ideal opportunity.
Most days, you'll find Patricia engaged in a lively discussion at Patricia Finney's Renaissance, the Facebook group set up to "celebrate the literary artistry of Patricia Finney's (and P.F. Chisholm's) Elizabethan England, and a few other times and places besides."
You'll realise - if you don't know already - that P F Chisholm is the pseudonym Patricia uses for her books featuring Sir Robert Carey - and by the time you tear yourself away, you'll have met some very interesting people and learned a lot about Elizabethan England - and a few other times and places besides.
Patricia has her own Facebook page, and a Facebook author page, and a personal website. As befits a prolific author with a wide readership, a prolific imagination, and strong views on a wide variety of issues, she has an Amazon author page, another one at Goodreads, and of course there's also one at Poisoned Pen Press, her US publisher for the Sir Robert Carey books (not including the short story The Duke of York, published by Climbing Tree Books).
There's also a Wikipedia entry, and an author website from way back. Oh, and another pseudonym - don't miss the books by Grace Cavendish, Queen Elizabeth's favourite Maid of Honour. They're for a younger audience - but we're all young at heart, right?
Patricia Finney now lives in Hungary, where she is researching her family background - don't be alarmed if she occasionally switches into Hungarian on Facebook. Alternately plagued and entertained by "idea bats" that are not necessarily working on the same book as she is, Patricia Finney now writes full time. With so many ideas and so many bats, it's the only way to live.
Not Quite The Complete Works
Patricia Finney is a prolific author of both fiction (mostly) and fact, and this list aims to include everything. Patricia writes under her own name and under pseudonyms including P F Chisholm and Grace Cavendish. She began writing (and winning awards) early, so there's a lot to include.
This listing is not chronological, but we've kept series together - listed by main character. In time, we will include links and brief descriptions for each title, but today, to get started, we'll just list titles. Here goes:
A Room Full of Mirrors
Novels of Roman Britain, featuring Lugh Mac Romain
A Shadow of Gulls
The Crow Goddess
David Becket and Simon Ames
Sir Robert Carey ( written as P F Chisholm)
A Famine of Horses
A Season of Knives
A Surfeit of Guns
A Plague of Angels
A Murder of Crows
An Air of Treason
A Chorus of Innocents
A Clash of Spheres
All of the Sir Robert Carey titles listed above are published by Poisoned Pen Press. There is one other, a short story, written as Patricia Finney and available on Kindle from Climbing Tree Books. Note: it's a story from later in Sir Robert's life, and is none the worse for being a slight spoiler on the question of whether he lives happily ever after.
The Duke of York
Lady Grace Cavendish (who apparently writes under her own name)
Jack the Labrador (who dictates his own story to Patricia Finney)
Jack and Police Dog Rebel
Jack and the Ghosts
Love without Shadows
Poetry (with recipes) and health
The Poetry Diet
3 Steps to a Great Eating Habit
Writeritis (how to write a novel)
How to Beat Your Son at Computer Games
Not that we're giving anything away, but...
Arguments with Our Lady Gaia
This visionary title is written by - ahem! - Rose Wagner.