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Pat was born in the farming and ranching country of central Kansas. She had an idyllic childhood filled with horseback riding, softball games, fishing, and swimming in the creek. As the only girl with four brothers, it was inevitable that she grew up to be a tomboy. Her love of books began early in life. Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, The Hardy Boys, and Zane Grey were but a few of the favorites she collected.

After high school, Pat attended college at Kansas State University and went on to attend nurses training in Wichita, Kansas. There, when a classmate asked her to write a letter to a lonely sailor, Pat had no idea her pen pal would become the love of her life. After exchanging letters for several months, Pat met Dave face to face on St. Patrick’s Day in 1973. The next year they were married. Pat followed her sailor to Groton, Connecticut, and it wasn’t long before they were joined by daughter Kathy.

On their return to Kansas two years later, Pat and her husband both entered the medical field. Pat as an RN in the NICU, and Dave as an x-ray technician. Pat’s work eventually expanded to include being a flight nurse on the neonatal transport team. As part of the team, she would fly to outlying towns across the state and transport infants in need of critical medical services to the larger hospital. Besides taking care of babies, Pat also worked as a home health nurse. Her stories of life in the air and on the ground were always sure to bring a laugh to her co-workers and family.

Her love of the outdoors and her husband's interest in hunting and archery led them both to compete in the sport at the local, state and national levels. In 1992, Pat and Dave both won the State 3-D Archery Championships in their respective classes. Throughout her busy life, she remained a devoted reader, but often thought that she might like to write a novel—when she retired.

After her daughter grew up and left home, Pat’s love of reading evolved into a serious desire to write. In 1996, she began work on her first novel. It proved to be more difficult than she expected. In researching how to write, she discovered a local writers group and soon joined both the Wichita Area Romance Authors and the national organization, Romance Writers of America. Pat credits the help of the wonderful members of both organizations with teaching her the ropes and giving her insight into the publishing industry. Without their help and the support of her critique group, she would never have experience the joy of getting THE CALL.

If you’re thinking it sounds easy, it wasn’t. After seven years of writing and three completed, revised, and revised again manuscripts, all she had to show for her efforts was a pile of rejection letters. Then, in the summer of 2002, Pat met Deborah Raney, a fellow Kansas author, and learned about the growing inspirational romance market. It was a light bulb over the head moment. Pat revised her third book for yet another time and the rest is history.

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