Author Karen A. Patterson

Author Karen A. Patterson

Patterson developed her professional writing career by building a diversified portfolio in a wide range of fields and industries, including accounting, architecture, construction, education, health care, information technology, real estate, professional practice management and small business.

Fresh out of Marquette University with a bachelors degree in communications, Patterson joined the National Safety Council in Chicago as an assistant editor which gave her an initial taste of professional writing. She went on to work as the editor for the National Eye Research Foundation, technical writer for Blue Cross Blue Shield, director of communications for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Columbus, Ohio, and director for marketing and public relations for Adena Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio.

“I have worked with lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants and architects in developing and incorporating their ideas into articles, books and marketing vehicles directed to specific audiences. I thrive on the challenge of taking the most complex information and putting the pieces together, like a word puzzle, so the message is clear and concise.”

Patterson has authored or contributed to numerous books including a tribute to her parents with the release of ALLIES FOREVER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AN AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR. This memoir focuses on her father’s plight after he is shot down on Christmas Day, 1944, and taken prisoner by the Germans. His experience in the prison camp is relived in explicit detail. But the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey would say, is the aftermath of this ordeal that Patterson’s parents would have to face when he returned home.

HERBS FOR ALL SEASONS launched Patterson’s career as a syndicated columnist for the Gannett and Thompson newspapers focusing primarily on herbs and gardening. And, as a Master Gardener, she was a popular speaker sharing her knowledge with her audiences.

EATING YOUR WAY ACROSS OHIO: 101 MUST PLACES TO EAT was an adventure that took Patterson over 7000 miles throughout Ohio where she reviewed 160 eateries of all types. She chose 101 of the best that met her criteria of good food, great atmosphere, convenient location and reasonable prices. Ultimately, she hoped this book would help guide hungry Ohio travelers in their quest for a good meal. As a world traveler herself, Patterson has enjoyed excellent cuisine in Israel, Africa, Europe, Italy, Austria, the Caribbean and Central American.

Her work has earned her a number of awards, but she cherishes her awesome experiences. This includes hosting a Christian radio program on WCVO (104.9 FM) in Columbus, Ohio, where she interviewed many accomplished writers and experts in the fields of health, nutrition and family issues. After leaving her radio post, she pursued a career in teaching in Ohio colleges and universities.

In preparation to be an effective teacher, Patterson completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts (MFA) at Spalding University specializing in creative nonfiction writing. She also earned an Education Specialist Degree (EdS) in Curriculum Design and Instruction as well as a Masters in Communications (MA), both from Liberty University. And as a dedicated instructor of English and composition, writing, journalism and communications at Ohio University, she not only enjoys working with her students, who range in age from 15 to 75, but also the opportunity to tap into their natural creativity and encourage them to explore the world through the written word.

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. ~James Michener