Patrick Harding

Biography

I was born in Bournemouth, England, the son of a Canadian soldier and an English war bride. At seven, we came to Canada, first living with relatives, and later, with my two sisters and parents in Dorchester Ontario. After my father’s death, my mother took up a life in theater. She had two plays produced while in her seventies. So there is hope.

I spent my working career as a teacher in a high school, where I taught English, History, and Drama. After I retired I began to write. In the last fifteen years I have written over twenty plays, mostly comedy, some with an edge, some romantic, some black. My heroes are often short guys with big mouths presenting some kind of message—something with an edge.

This trend continues in my novels, Splendiferous and Tumultuous. These are young adult novels aiming at the same audience as the Hunger Games Trilogy, in that they can be read and equally enjoyed by adults. I also have written humor columns for local print and online media. I've also made a full-length film, and acted in live theater.

Recent lobbying by family members has resulted in the disclosure that my wife Rosemary Nagel who is an artist, and myself, have parented five above average children who have produced way above average grandchildren. End of announcement.

But enough about me. What about you? Specifically, when are you going to break down and read my stuff?

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The story was called "Duck Goes Quack" and it made me realize that animals can't talk
How do you approach cover design?
Carefully, so as not to startle it. More specifically I rely on a wonderful designer, Angie Scott at Zest Agency.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Patrick Harding online


Videos

An objective review of Sp[lendiferous
A fabulously handsome literary critic who does not in the least resemble the author, reviews this novel set in alternative universe where Germany won WW2.

Books

Retirement Park Redo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,460. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
For some of us high school was the worst time in our life. Our shortcomings were exposed during gym showers, so we got shoved in our locker for the weekend, and had to experience the Senior Prom from there! For boomers of a certain age, Retirement Parks are giving us a chance at a do-over, whether we graduated high school or not. Here's thirty-six ways we can redo our Park while we're at it!
Tumultuous Part One:: A Teen's Further Adventures in Nazi America
Series: A Teen In Nazi America. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,200. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
If you ever wondered what life could have been like in an America under Nazi control, the first part of this sequel continues to fill in the dots. You may be surprised at the differences to the America we know. And even more surprised at the similarities!
Splendiferous
Series: A Teen In Nazi America. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 72,780. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Telly Walker, sixteen, lives in a ghetto in a Nazi America, where the slightest protest brings you a public lashing. His father disappeared ten years ago. Soon the Night Watch will implant a chip in the back of his neck and he'll do menial work for rich white folks only too happy with the status quo. Telly must find Dad and wake up America before a Drone destroys everything he loves!

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