Writing

Pat writes novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction. Her passions include Victorian times, Meiji Japan, La Belle Époque and Hollywood Noir. Her writing often prowls the territory of alternative medicine, the power of thought, and how outsiders survive in a world that seems inimical. She’s into antique gadgets and physiological machines, has a special interest in addiction and mental illness and is keen on flawed protagonists.

Some of Pat’s current projects are:

NOVELS

Inventing Paris

7 TisandiersStruggling newspaper illustrator and bad father Alec Ferguson runs into his former mentor Armel Duval en route to the 1889 Paris Exposition. All Ferguson knows is that Duval has with him an invention that he claims will change the world, and that he’s convinced someone’s following him—possibly on the orders of rival inventor Thomas Edison. Then Duval suddenly vanishes from the Paris train, leaving his still-unpatented invention behind, and Ferguson finds himself faced with the task of keeping the prototype safe. But which will kill him first: the thief who is already onto him, or his own addictions?

  • Shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society’s 2015 New Novel Award, for an outstanding unpublished novel.
  • Represented by the Wendy Schmalz Agency.

The Burn

It’s August 2018, and wildfires consume the province of BC, sending a heavy pall of smoke over Vancouver. Loner Emily Bowler has recently arrived for a job opportunity that never materialized. In this expensive port city she runs out of money fast, takes a job as a home care aide, and moves in with a man she met on the plane. 

Mad Agnes

It’s 1893 and ambitious English doctor Agnes Walker has developed a cure for greed and addiction. She comes to America to test it on abusers of alcohol and opiates and to get its main component, a patent elixir, endorsed by the medical establishment and used in sanatoria worldwide. In the weeks before the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Agnes and her young ward battle the male medical establishment while trying to outwit the predatory competition in the world’s toughest racket and biggest business: nostrums, remedies, and cures for addiction. 

Novellas and Short Stories

Pat has a thing about novellas, including one that’s currently shortlisted for the International 3-Day Novel contest.

Pat’s short fiction is about unlaunderable stains, desperate old women, Ikea, yoyo championships and more.

Non-Fiction

After a few years working as an editor, Pat wanted to help other writers navigate the world of paid editorial help. The result is this thoroughly readable guide, FICTION EDITING: A Writer’s Roadmap. This handy resource describes what editors do, how they do it, how to tell if you need editing, what editing looks like, and how to save time and money if you work with an editor. Available in print and digital formats at www.awritersroadmap.com.

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