This week we are sitting down with Patti, a writer, book coach, rare disease advocate, and author of loving large, a mother's rare disease memoir.
I'm an author, writing coach, and publishing project manager, and a proud #memoiraholic. I adore non-fiction and especially the memoir and personal narrative genre.
I'm an architect of story. I help people design and build books. I love the way that books are constructed — their infrastructure begins from the scaffolding of an outline, chapter, scenes, backstory, and reflection. The thematic structure is revealed like specks of color; breadcrumbs for the reader to find their way to your conclusion.
I'm a magnet for the story. I was built for listening, cultivating memories, and tugging at tales. I'm that person you meet at a dinner party, between the shelves at the library or in the coffee shop line that you find yourself telling your history to.
I happen to have a Bachelor's and a Master's degree, and no they aren't in English lit creative writing. My education explains my appreciation for formal writing, and my many years of coaching aspiring university essay writers.
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