Patricia is an author, artist, graphic and website designer. She also is a IT professional living in Michigan. She has two lovely daughters she loves to spend time with. Her interests are art, history and geneology.
How do you approach cover design?
I approach cover design from a graphic design perspective. My first career is as a graphic designer, and I graduated with a degree in graphic communications. Later, I founded my own graphic and web design company. I freelanced as a graphic designer for over a decade. Having the opportunity to design my own book covers is a passion of mine. I also format print books. It's an incredible experience to write and edit my books, but it's especially amazing to create the cover. I consider the book cover to be the icing on the cake.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My four favorite books include The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien and Faeries by Brian Froud. These books inspired me to illustrate my own books. Growing up, I was inspired by Anna Sewell's Black Beauty because I loved the idea of an animal telling a story. Later on, I read The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and decided I wanted to write fiction some day. Finally, I can't leave out The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As an adolescent, I was moved by stories about kids just like me growing up without privilege and struggling to find their place in the world.
Includes a map of the Murphy Farm and illustrations!
The Murphy Family Farm is an enchanted farm that owes much of its success to an agreement made between the Murphys and the Fairy Folk over a century ago in Ireland.
With over a 100 acres of farm land, the fairies and enchanted creatures work together to help the Murphy Family keep the farm prosperous enough to be generous to the community.
This story is the first in the Magical Murphy Farm series. The Murphy Family Farm is an enchanted farm that owes much of its success to an agreement made between the Murphys and the Fairy Folk over a century ago in Ireland.
Watching the 2000 election recounts unfold in Florida led many Americans to question if the current method of calculating votes was secure and efficient. It is clear that a great deal is at stake when an election system fails. Voting needs to be 100% accurate and accountable. One of the concerns is whether or not an accurate voting process can occur without paper in a secure manner.