Pat Dobie is the author of the novella Pawn to Queen (Arsenal Press) and Fiction Editing: A Writer’s Roadmap (Lucid Editions). Her novella What Really Happened took third place in the 2018 International 3-Day Novel Contest, while There Was a Crooked Girl nabbed Honorable Mention in the 2021 3DN Contest. Her 2022 3DN entry, Secret Garden, garnered First Place in a crowded field of talented writers. Pat’s historical novel Inventing Paris was a finalist for the 2015 Outstanding New Novel Award from the Historical Novel Society.
Pat has an MFA in Writing from Oregon’s Pacific University, where she was mentored by some of America’s finest writers, particularly the great Benjamin Percy, the amazing Claire Davis, and the lovely Craig Lesley. She was the recipient of a June Dodge Fellowship in fiction at Mineral School Residency in 2016. Her nonfiction has appeared in WordWorks and in guest blog posts here and there.
She is drawn to flawed protagonists and has a special interest in greed and addiction. Her writing prowls the territory of alternative medicine, the power of thought, and outsiders. Areas of interest include Victorian times, Meiji Japan, La Belle Époque and Hollywood Noir (fiction) and the writing craft, process, mindset and other fascinating topics (nonfiction). She’s into gadgets, cameras, optical toys, physiological machines and the birth of motion pictures.
An avid traveler, Pat has circumnavigated the globe twice (or maybe three times). She is also a train freak and has traveled by rail in China, Outer Mongolia, Russia, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Canada, Australia and the USA.