Pat was inspired by her high school art teacher to minor in art history in college (there was no major at her college). Her goal was to work in an art museum. But life and family needs intervened. After working as a social worker, an English teacher, and a health care planner, she obtained her PhD in history of American health policy, ending up in Galveston as a health policy analyst and grants writer. The day after she went from full time to part time work, she joined the Galveston Art League and began showing her photography at their gallery. Her experiences working with artists and visitors in the gallery led her to research early Galveston artists, resulting in the publication of Early Galveston Artists and Photographers: Recovering a Legacy (History Press, 2021). A lifelong fascination with mysteries inspired a turn from historical writing to fiction. Using the knowledge she acquired by volunteering at the Art League’s gallery, she has recently completed A Death in the Gallery, which is now out for editing and expected to be published one way or another in 2023. A follow-up, A Death at the Rookery, is already underway.

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