Our Story (So Far).
Life's curveballs may not always be fun.
But a little reflection can reveal hidden joys.
Pat Butler is a born-again author.
As a lifelong lover of numbers and precision, who began her career teaching high school physics and mathematics, this came as a shock to her more than anyone.
She later joined the world of manufacturing as a consultant who could turn rigorous but confusing procedures into plain language for training purposes.
Her first book, Write This Way (2009), was a manual to help any manager or business specialist write more clearly.
As writing began creeping into her recreational time, Pat found she preferred non-fiction to crafting storylines.
She also found the greatest rewards often lay in blending genres.
Following retirement and divorce, she took a 'Life Stories' writing course. This led to the publication of her first novel about a woman moving on from the devastating end of a decades-long marriage to the discovery of new marital bliss.
Bitten by the book bug--and having discovered a fascinating set of letters home written by her 24-year-old mother on a grand tour of Europe in 1930-31-- she took a stab at turning these into a fictional narrative, published as Through Her Opera Glasses (2021).
More recently, she and Toronto divorce lawyer David Frenkel co-authored a workbook-type resource to help readers recover from separation, divorce, or relationship breakdown, published as My Divorce Journal (2022).
Whenever Pat wants to figure out what matters on a tricky or delightful topic, she writes about it.
She lives in Toronto with her husband-- who falls in the "delightful" category.
Pat loves making media appearances. Here's how she shows up.
Pat was one of eight members of the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) invited to read from their books published in 2022. Christopher Moore is VP of the CNFC and hosted the webinar. In this excerpt, Christopher chats with Pat after her reading - about how My Divorce Journal came into existence.
Learn about CNFC here