Since I was young, I was obsessed with great books and movies that can bring the love and hatred of relationships to life and understand the true motivations of why people do what they do, sometimes. I probably reenacted some of the worst dramatic relationship scenarios from your favorite book/movie in real life (that’s how we learn, right? Right?). Poetry and fiction were always a part of who I was and how I expressed myself, no matter my career at the time.
“The Unwinding” is women’s fiction, a father and daughter’s journey in pursuit of the past. A Manhattan top criminal attorney couldn’t hide the truth from his daughter, that she was secretly adopted, and that much of Missy’s life has been for show. Her father, Jack is hiding something, but it’s not what she thinks.
“A Witchbug Purpose” is a picture book written by my eight-year-old daughter, Harper Patterson, and me. Some kids are frightened of bugs, but Witchbugs are not like all bugs. Sienna Witchbug sees a young girl who is sad because her family hasn’t grown enough crops for their farm stand. Sienna is astounded. Witchbugs don’t know hunger; they’ve always used magic to replenish food. Sienna thinks maybe they could help. Maybe Witchbugs and people can help each other.
As a public relations and communications executive for 20+ years, I’ve grown a strong storytelling lens in brand, corporate, and crisis communications. Prior to my post as a consultant, for nearly a decade, I worked at corporate headquarters for the following footwear brands: Nike, Lacrosse Footwear and Danner. Post collegiate years were spent supporting a variety of clients with agencies Burson-Marsteller and Golin/Harris in Los Angeles. Prior to my career in PR, I wrote for several publications as part of their editorial staff including The New Yorker, BRIDE’S Magazine and GQ.
With a love for reading, education and community, I serve as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the West Linn Library Foundation. When not writing or consulting, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and trying to catch my two girls and two dogs, as they run circles around me.
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