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Patricia studied creative writing at Marylhurst University and became involved with three different writer's groups. Several of her poems were published in ‘An Anthology’ through the Oregon Writer's Colony. Patricia retired in 2011 and was then able to write full-time. Her first paid writing was a magazine article ‘Living with Cystic Fibrosis’ which was published in My Health magazine. Patricia has written ‘Fairydust to Daffodils’, a memoir about her daughter Chrissy, who lost her life to Cystic Fibrosis in 1978 at a very young age.
Patricia followed short articles with her first book, a work of fiction, entitled ‘Shoot the Moon’. Since then she has a whole array of books. Two travel memoirs: ‘A Roundabout Passage to Venice’ and ‘Mind the Gap in Zip it Socks’, her new memoir ‘Fairydust to Daffodils’, more fiction books-‘Tangled Like Music’, ‘Wines, Vines and Picasso’, ‘Thorny Secrets and Pinot Noir’, ‘Cloisonné’, ‘Flamenco Strings Uncorked’, and a very unique cookbook titled ‘Cooking Drunk’ Three of her books are available as audiobooks.
Besides writing, her other passion is Genealogy. She researched her Spanish heritage and her ancestor's trek walking across the miles of Spain, through the flowers and sugar plantations of Hawaii and into the state of California. She wanted to explore the reasons why her grandmother and her grandparents left Spain in 1911. ‘The Girl Immigrant’ and ‘Silvan Leaves’ are Book One and Two of her ‘Spanish Pearls Series’. The series is based on her grandmother; Spain and Hawaii come alive and encompass five generations. A Book Three is in progress. She writes this series under the name Patricia Ruiz Steele.
Patricia lives in Casa Grande, Arizona.