a bit about me:
I was born the seventh of eight children to an Irish Catholic family living in the western suburbs of Chicago. When I got pregnant at fifteen, I was hidden in our home until I gave birth to a baby girl and signed the papers releasing her to adoption. I was to keep her birth a secret.
In 1975 I married and four years later migrated to Oregon with my husband, Steve, and our four-year-old son. There we had two more children and I juggled child-raising with running a word processing business in Ashland, Oregon. In 1998 we bought land in Williams, Oregon, to start an organic farm and build a strawbale house. The kids are raised, and now, in addition to freelance editing and occasional farmwork, I devote most of my time to writing fiction, memoir, and poetry.
If you are on the adoption journey, I hope you find A Life Let Go... helpful to you. And if you know someone on the adoption journey and they reach out for support, I hope you will offer them a cup of tea (or a glass of wine?) and a good listen.
On this site under the "Adoption Perspectives" tab, you will find links to adoption search and support groups.
SUPPORT OPEN RECORDS NATIONWIDE! Adoptees should have the legal right to their identity information. That birth mothers do not want the records unsealed is wrong. Statistically, only .0007 percent of birth mothers opted out of having their name revealed to the adoptee. It is not right for one group to have to suffer to keep the few "emotionally comfortable."
Patricia's writing awards include:
First Place, Poetry, Yosemite Writers Conference, 2006
First Place, Non-Fiction, Yosemite Writers Conference, 2006
People’s Choice Award, Yosemite Writers Conference, 2006
2011 Kay Snow Award, Third Place – Fiction
Her short story “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” was published in Quality Women’s Fiction.
A Life Let Go, A Memoir and Five Birth Mother Stories of Closed Adoption published 2015.
Knocking from the Inside, a book of poems, published 2016.