Pat McGowan


Pat lives in Australia, in Loftus, a suburb of Sydney. He used to work for the Australian government which took him on postings to many places around the world, including Europe, Asia and Africa. His long term goal is to write bestselling contemporary Australian fiction.

However, being a tai chi enthusiast, he is also a keen writer of tai chi related subjects. He is currently working on a semi-autobiographical account of his near forty years of tai chi experience with the working title 'Tai Chi: Use Mind, Not Force' so stay tuned for the pre-order announcement. In the meantime, he has a free poetry book on tai chi related themes, 'Pick Up The Pearl' available on Smashwords.

Pat likes reading the great novel writers, generally following Colleen McCullogh's advice to budding writers: read the classics and get on with your life.

In summary , place and language are important in Pat's writing, as is the opportunity to explore significant contemporary themes with the intention of leading us to see our world with fresh eyes, which can often be uplifting.

He is also a keen follower of William Gass and his theory of sentence writing ie that each sentence has a soul, and that all good literature comes from the well-constructed sentence.

Where to find Pat McGowan online

Where to buy in print


Pick Up the Pearl
Price: Free! Words: 9,430. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Pick up the Pearl is a collection of martial arts poems written by a long term tai chi enthusiast. The forms of the poems range from free verse to sestina, from ottava rima to ballad. The work examines many aspects of martial arts and their exponents, including tai chi, karate, boxing, street fighting, kung fu, ai ki do, judo and ba gua chan.
Ride a White Mare
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 68,600. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Marco wants to write about jade after he sees the world’s biggest carving of a single piece of gem-quality green jade housed at the Buddhist Temple near Bendigo. But he’s led to ask bigger questions about jade, like is there any naturally occurring top quality white jade in Australia? Experts say no. But whisperings tell him otherwise. He travels in the dark, but his desire is so strong,
Jade Is My Stone
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 75,400. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Jade is a mysterious stone, by weight, often worth far more than gold. But if you were to go out and buy jade would you know if it was genuine or fake? In this novel, Shipton Kingsgate becomes obsessed with jade and embarks on a quest to have and to hold his own prize piece of this stone! At every turn, he must navigate the perils of true versus false, even with those nearest to him.
Mostly Friday Nights
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 41,780. Language: Australian English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
What happened on Friday nights in the Sydney suburbs in the seventies? Read these stories about Campbell and his mates from Campbelltown, told in the style of The Adventures of Don Juan though with not so many heroes. 'Was one Friday night, talk about hairy: Campbell and I had trekked out to Appin, scored an invite to a birthday party, by chance after meeting our mad mate, Stefan...'
Splitting Apart
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 80,820. Language: Australian English. Published: November 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Russian
The year is 2019 and the 83 regions of the Russian Federation are splitting apart. A team of six in a Canberra office have been asked to provide an urgent report on the issue for their Minister. As they strive to meet their deadline, the story of an office itself fracturing into pieces, as personal histories surface, unfolds to echo the crisis they are being asked to report on.
The Shades of Paracelsus
Price: Free! Words: 73,670. Language: Australian English. Published: October 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A young adult drama set in Wollongong, Australia, this novel is about how the innocence and optimism of youth can be treated so shoddily, so contemptuously by the darker forces which sometimes drive big business today. Can winning ever only be about holding back the inevitable? This is a question both the good and the bad may like to ask themselves in their quieter moments.

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Smashwords book reviews by Pat McGowan

  • Religion Sex Violence on Dec. 28, 2015

    As a fictive dream, it’s well-crafted, it’s crafty, it’s crisp, it’s well-paced, it’s fine language, it’s Irish, it’s Sydney, it’s international, it’s contemporary, it’s graphic (rsv), it’s a page turner, it’s rich in detail, and its title is apt. good one
  • Interpretations on Jan. 03, 2017

    When discussing imagism, I always go back to Pound, an original member of the Imagist movement. He once commented that poets before him used images as ornaments whereas, for the Imagists, he claimed ‘the image is itself the speech. The image is the word beyond formulated language.’ This chapbook, Interpretations, is written by one fluent in the language of image. G D Master’s attention to sensory detail and avoidance of the abstractions and confidences of confessional poetry is refreshing. This Hopperesque project, which renders objects and moments drawn from photographs found in journals, takes us on a pleasant and satisfying journey through modern life with the irony that, as Master admits through his choice of title, despite the images speaking for themselves, the poems become interpretations of life, I suppose much in the hermeneutic tradition that all history is the interpretation of history. I can appreciate the image experiment in the different poetic forms, probably mostly in the sonnets, which come across as cleanest and sharpest. It could be that this form demands a closer editing. Though I also like the airiness of his free verse.
  • Religion Sex Violence on Jan. 02, 2018

    Hey, Patrick, here's your target audience!