Hello Patty, it is such a pleasure to have you with us today. As you know, I completely enjoyed reading your books, and it was no surprise when you won a first place award for historical romance. We know you’re an author, but I’d like to share a little more about your interesting life with my readers. It will be fantastic to give people an opportunity to get to know you on a personal level, so let’s get started.
Have you always lived in Texas?
It’s a pleasure to be with you today, Cyndi! No, I grew up in Seattle, Washington, lived in Colby, Kansas for a spell, moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where I attended The Wesleyan College, married and had two children. I moved to Texas about 37 years ago and this will be my ‘forever’ home. Texas just suits me!
What is your fondest memory?
That’s an interesting question. Of course, nothing can compare to the birth days of my two sons. Nothing could ever shake those memories from the top of the list. But, if you are talking about my childhood, I’d have to say the summer camping/hiking trips with my dad. We back packed up and down Mt. Rainier. I don’t think I quite appreciated those experiences as a child, but once I became an adult, they became very special memories. There is nothing like the mountain sky at night and the smell of the campfire. One particular memory stands out. My dad was a gruff, unaffectionate man, but one night I woke up unexpectedly. I peeked out of the tent and saw my father sitting alone at the campfire. Half afraid of my father, I gathered my courage and slithered out of the sleeping bag and joined him. He didn’t speak, at first. Finally, he asked me if I wanted a cup of cocoa. I nodded. Once the warm brew was in my cold hands, I looked at him differently for the first time. “Are you sad, Daddy? You look sad.” He turned his gaze to me, gave me a half smile, and said, “Not anymore, Patty, not anymore.” We had an actual conversation that night, long into the wee hours of the morning. I got to know him that night, better than I ever had before. It’s a memory I hold dear.
Do you have a hobby?
I do! I’m a league bowler. I carry a 155 average and bowl on a ladies league and a mixed league. It tickles me that I can still compete with the men.
If you could take a dream vacation, where would it be?
I’ve been fortunate to travel many places in the United States and overseas, so picking one would be hard. A dream vacation for me, (and my husband laughs at me) would be to travel to every professional baseball park in the U.S. and catch a game. I’ve been to many, but I would like to say I’ve been to them all! Funny, I know, but I love baseball, what can I say?!
Speaking of vacations, where is your favorite place, and why?
I had fun in Paris, France, and Germany. I’ve done Mexico, and many places in Canada. I’ve done New York City, too. I love the Broadway shows, but I think my favorite vacation was in Niagra Falls with my husband. He is an outdoorsman and we really enjoyed the beauty there. Something we both related, too.
What is your favorite food and dessert?
Growing up in Seattle, of course, seafood. More particularly, grilled salmon steak. I love, love, love it. Anytime I get a chance, that’s what I order. I cook it when available, as well!
Dessert? I’m not a big sweets eater, but I really, really enjoy Blue Bell’s banana split ice cream!
If someone sent you an expensive bouquet of flowers, what flowers would you want it to include?
Roses, roses, roses! All colors, but plenty of red!
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years, huh? Well, I would like to have several more books out. I also hope my husband is retired by then, and we can start on that baseball park odyssey!
Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you better.
Thanks for having me, Cyndi! It was fun!
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