I’m proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
During the spring, summer, and early autumn of my life this side of heaven, my high-school-sweetheart husband and I struggled and triumphed through life’s peaks and valleys. We raised two children, welcomed four grandchildren–one is with the angels–bought a Corvette, and checked off every item on our travel bucket list.
One of my favorite positions during my twenty-seven-year career with an international beauty company, was public relations manager which tapped into my love of writing. Nine years after retiring, that love rekindled and compelled me to launch career number two as a novelist.
My goal to become a serious writer led me to study the craft including participation in Jerry Jenkins Writing Guild and Christian Pen. Now I draw on everything I’ve learned and my corporate experience working with hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life, to create stories about women who face tension-laced challenges and heart-warming triumphs in the pursuit of their dreams.
While writing my first two manuscripts, attending conferences, and connecting with other writers, an idea took root; a story about two women with different backgrounds, strangers whose lives are drawn together by tragedy and a long-held secret. My vision was to create an ongoing series centered in a small southern town struggling to survive populated by opinionated, quirky, relatable characters.
Three years after first typing the words “Chapter One”, I was blessed with a contract from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Guiding Light imprint, for book one in the Willow Falls series. The Secret of Willow Inn released January 10, 2019. The Trouble in Willow Falls, book two in the series releases November 4, 2019. Book three releases in 2020. One of the highlights of my new career is connecting with readers through personal contact and the internet. I’m honored and humbled every time I read their comments on Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub.
Tim—my high-school sweetheart and number one fan—and I continue to celebrate our fifty-plus-year marriage. We volunteer for church guest services, participate in two social organizations, and spend time with our family and friends.
I was born in Champaign/Urbana Illinois and grew up in Orlando before Disney arrived on the scene. My family and I have called Georgia home since the eighties. Tim and I live in Duluth and are members of Gwinnett Church, a Northpoint Ministries campus. I am a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International and have been featured on WATC Television Atlanta Alive and in Voyager Magazine http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-pat-nichols-author-duluth/
I thank God for the blessings that brought me joy and the challenges that continue to strengthen my faith, skills, and resolve.