About Pat_B

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I grew up in the Cascade foothills of Western Washington state, graduated in a high school class of 22 (11 boys and 11 girls). First job was at Pacific Telephone & Telegraph in Seattle, moved to Illinois with my first husband when he was discarged from the army (Korean War era). Got my BA in English in 1985 at the age of 50 while working full-time at the newly established SIUE.  My minor was journalism/creative writing.  

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an online motivational challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Great way to do a first draft! My first try in 2007 was a learning experience and a how NOT to do it. Others since then worked out better.  

My published novel "Bloody Hell and a Slice of Pie," is a #MeToo biographical novel based on my mother's life. She kept the truth of what had happened to her from everyone for nearly 40 years, when she told me she'd never had cancer, but was a rape survivor. My father had disappeared from our lives when I was five and I blamed him all my life for her/our hardships. Only after I sent for his WWII military records when I was in my late 70's did I come to terms with his abandonment.     

From time to time I post excerpts or ideas for stories here on Blogit. The wonderful folks here respond with invaluable questions and suggestions. Reading and writing here is the lynchpin of my daily routine. 




Location: United States
Primary occupation: Retired /volunteer
Dream occupation: Published Novelist
Hometown: Salkum, WA
Schools attended: Mossyrock, WA K-12, Southern Illinois Univ. @ Edwardsville
I like: NPR, Science Fridays, TED Radio hour & videos
Favorite writers: Vonnegut, Gladwell, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Tom Clancy, Lee Child
Favorite books: On Becoming a Novelist, by John Gardner, The Four Agreements, dozens more
Favorite magazines: N/A
Favorite music: blues/jazz, rock & roll, bluegrass - anything live
Favorite movies: The Big Chill, To Kill a Mockingbird, In Cold Blood,
Favorite TV shows: PBS News Hour
Favorite teams: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Favorite quote: There's more horse's asses than horses. (personal observation)
Gender: female

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