Though she has been writing almost daily since the age of seven, Pat is still new to the crime-fiction world. Just the same, her non-writing life seems to have been specially designed for just such an adventure.
In high school, she worked as a journalist, proofreader, copy editor, and general dogsbody for a municipal newspaper. A graduate of the University of Toronto at Mississauga (B.Sc. Psy 2000), she majored in psychology, sociology, and philosophy. During her four hectic years at university, she volunteered at the Queen Street Mental Health Facility at Toronto, worked full-time as a security guard at the Whitby Mental Health Centre, Forensics Department, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves, Infantry! After graduation, she devoured literature of all kinds and began writing Old Time Radio Plays, which set the tone for the work she does today.
By contrast, Pat’s life today is slow and easy, working a regular 9-to-5 at a major telecommunications company in Montreal. And Montreal has done her well! Despite her hectic schedule in the late ‘90s, Pat had always been prolific; after settling into a whole new life in Montreal, her creative spark went supernova. Between November 2007 and June 2008, she wrote seven full-length novels, including Mummer’s the Word, which was a finalist in the Arthur Ellis Awards, 2008, for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (The Unhanged Arthur).
Although right now her novels are unpublished and her plays unproduced, here is just a sample of the great things in store!
Selected Bibliography The John Stillman series: Mummer’s the Word The Man with the Silver Tongue Riddle of the Wendigo Hundred Bad Ways to Die The Mummer’s Curse Mummer’s Play Trouble’s Eve
Old Time Radio Plays: The Fog of Dockside City: “The Obliteration Machine” The Fog of Dockside City: “Cold Spell.” Sault Ste. Marie: Moose Enterprise Book & Theatre Play Publishing, 2002 The Fog of Dockside City: “Quarantine.” Sault Ste. Marie: Moose Enterprise Book & Theatre Play Publishing, 2003 The Fog of Dockside City: “The Family Portrait.” Sault Ste. Marie: Moose Enterprise Book & Theatre Play Publishing, 2004 The Fog of Dockside City: “The Murderer with Two Left Hands” The Fog of Dockside City: “The Bride in Black” The Fog of Dockside City: “Tempest Unleashed” The Fog of Dockside City: “Death Sets the Course” …and 17 others!
Awards Finalist, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Unpublished Crime Novel, 2008, for Mummer’s the Word
Website: Coming Spring 2009
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