Growing up in the Northeast corner of Oregon, riding horses and reading were Paty’s favorite pastimes. Many hours were spent roaming the Wallowa Mountains on her horse Junebug and making up stories in her head. She read anything she could get her hands on from the school and local library. Many of her school lunch hours she could be found reading the thickest books borrowed from the library. Usually Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.
After reading LaVyrle Spencer’s book, Hummingbird, Paty knew she had to write historical romance. While honing her writing skills, she and her husband raised four children. They are now empty nesters and loving it! Instead of grumbling kids, they now cater to two dogs, two horses, a mini horse, a donkey, and thirty mother cows and currently ranch 350 acres.
Along with writing Paty also teaches writing workshops online, at writers meetings and at writing conferences. She enjoys helping others learn the craft of writing. She especially enjoys going in the classrooms with other members of the local writing group to promote the 4th Grade Picture Book contest and help the children learn how to write and illustrate a good story. She also spends a good part of her summer traveling around the state judging 4-H and open class county fair textile and foods exhibits. A perk from being a 4-H leader for over twenty years and a 4-H program assistant for nearly ten.