A LITTLE ABOUT PATRICIA...
Patricia Steele was born in Woodland, California to an English/Dutch mother and a Spanish father in 1946. At age 9, her mother remarried and they moved to Oregon. As a young mother, she wrote short stories during her children's nap time. After working in the health insurance industry for over 30 years, she wrote her first book, "Shoot the Moon" after a successful magazine article, "Living with Cystic Fibrosis," a disease that took her first-born child in 1978.
Passionate about genealogy, she has written the first two books in her Spanish Pearls Series (The Girl Immigrant and Silvan Leaves). As the descendant of Spanish immigrants who sailed from Spain to Hawaii and later on to California, she wanted to learn their history.
She is one of several administrators for the Hawaiian Spaniards Facebook site, a member of the Arizona Genealogical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution through her mother's family tree and a volunteer for the Find A Grave organization. She loves writing mysteries with a touch of romance, cooking with wine (Cooking DRUNK cookbook tells it all) smelling scented, glorious flowers, traveling (gypsy blood) and enjoying her grandchildren.
Patricia Steele (aka Patricia Ruiz Steele)
As a child, Patricia's Aunt Dorothy watched her poke holes in squares of toilet paper as she practiced her newly-acquired cursive script. Her auntie replaced it with real paper and Patricia has been writing ever since. When she sold her first publication, she wanted to dance in the streets and wave her first author’s check ($91). It was a non-fiction article in a medical table-top magazine, titled Living with Cystic Fibrosis. Her first-born daughter, Christina, was born with the disease and lived only nine years. Several years later, she hired a professional photographer from her local newspaper, she interviewed a fifteen-year old Cystic Fibrosis child and the article's publication moved her to author status.
Her children, Frank and Audrie, praised her writing and as they grew up, she wrote a children’s story for them, “The Balloon.” It would eventually become "Goodbye Balloon" in 2011 with the help of 2nd-grade ”illustrators” from Matthew Whaley School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Several of Patricia’s poems were published in “An Anthology” through the Oregon Writer’s Colony.
A Roundabout Passage to Venice, a humorous travelogue, is filled with memories and journal details from her mother’s diary. It is based on their mother-daughter trip to Venice via London, Paris and Rome; a trip originally focused only on Paris. Therein lays the humor. Patricia is one of several active administrators for the HAWAIIAN SPANIARDS Facebook page and was involved in the Doors to the Past in Historic Casa Grande through Main Street Casa Grande to create narratives for doors painted by local artists from the town’s historical past. Constantly on the move, she continues to work on her genealogy. THEN BACK TO HER SECOND LOVE, WRITING FICTION. Shoot the Moon (2008) (Callinda Beauvais Mystery Series), Tangled like Music (2015) and books 2 and 3 in her series, Wine, Vines and Picasso (2015) in southern France and Thorny Secrets and Pinot Noir taking place in Oregon. Her ideal? A quiet place, laptop, chocolate and red wine.