Writer, editor, storyteller, speaker, author Patti Richards has spent the better part of 20 years spinning yarns and writing stories ….
After a successful education career in which she taught middle and high school language arts, social studies, public speaking and theater, Patti Richards’ inspirational connection with children simply could not be contained in the classroom. Her innate way with a story and her love of literature had long inspired her teaching. She’d written plays for her students and short stories and little snippets of this and that, but in retirement, she found she had much more to say.
“I first knew I was a writer in the 7th grade. My teacher gave us an assignment (I don’t remember what it was), and I remember looking out the window and writing from what felt like another place, outside of the classroom. When I got my paper back she had written a note encouraging me to explore my gift and see how far it would take me. I’ve been exploring for more than 20 years now and loving every minute of it.”
Patti’s insightful features on parenting, women’s health and education have been published in San Diego Parent, The Lookout, Homelife, Metro Parent and in many other print and digital publications nationwide. Patti was a Third Place Winner in the Smart Writers Amazing Story Contest in 2010 and also received the Gold Medal Award for Special Section Within a Publication (55K+ circulation), from Parenting Publications of America in 2003.
But Patti’s most exciting yarns have always been child-focused…
“I love kids, and I love speaking their language. I want my words to bring light into a world that can be hard for kids to navigate. I write to give them joy and some positive road signs along the way.”
Her first children’s story, “Fishing on the Black Volta,” was published in Boy’s Quest Magazine and her first eBook SNOW ANGELS is available through MeeGenius/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. Patti’s middle grade novel, BEFORE I SLEEP, recently won an honorable mention in the 2014 Rate Your Story Writing Contest, and her picture book, SCRATCH AND SNIFF, won third place in the 2014 Picture Book Mentorship Contest of SCBWI Michigan, of which she is a longtime member. Her most recent work, a rhyming story, DANCING GRANNIES, was a finalist in the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize in Young Adult and Children’s Writing at Hunger Mountain.
Patti lives with her family in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She enjoys reading, gardening, singing, playing the piano, painting and tending to her flock, which includes Gracie the dog, Barnabas, the big black puppy, and Willow the cat.