Patrick Middleton


Patrick Middleton is the first prisoner in America to earn his B.A., M.Ed., and Ph.D., all in a classroom setting. In 1989, he was awarded “Outstanding Student of the Year” accolades from the Pennsylvania Association for Adults in Continuing Education. In 1990 he was the recipient of two congressional citations for outstanding academic achievement. During his eleven year tenure as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Patrick earned many scholarships and teaching awards; taught and lectured undergraduate students; paid room and board to the Department of Corrections out of his teaching stipends; and conducted and published research reports with his professors and colleagues. He is the coauthor of three college textbooks, and the sole author of a self-help book and memoir.

Smashwords Interview

What is the title of your book?
My debut novel is called Eureka Man.
Where did the title come from for your debut novel?
Well, that depends on who you ask. Few people liked the working titles I had been using—Hope Runs Deep, Penitentiary U., The Good Prison. When the time came where I had to finally decide on a title, my wife and I were sitting together playing the old free association game. You know, where you just say whatever word or phrase comes to you? During one of my wife’s turns, she said softly, “Eureka Man.” I almost didn’t hear her. I said, “‘What did you say?’ and she repeated, ‘Eureka Man. Isn’t that who Oliver is?" Oliver Priddy is the protagonist in the novel and he’s always having these moments when he “gets” something—an idea, a truth, an epiphany, a realization. So I liked the title from the first moment I heard it. That’s how the title came about, and my wife gets all the credit.
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Where to buy in print


Eureka Man
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,590. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
In the bleak environment of Pittsburgh's notorious Riverview Penitentiary, handsome and headstrong Oliver Priddy is determined to find hope at whatever cost. This is a transformative tale of a troubled young man's struggle to survive within the U.S. prison system as a lifer without possibility of parole.

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