Patricia Steffy attended Kenyon College and American University. She is a recent refugee from the corporate world where she worked as an analyst for a law firm for more than 16 years. An escape plan started to develop as she pursued her interests as a writer and producer through Circe’s World Films. She has been involved in co- and exec-producing a number of feature and short films ranging from broad comedy to psychological drama, including the award-winning short "Touch." She is currently developing "Dating in LA and Other Urban Myths" as a web series. When she isn't working on creative writing projects, Steffy works as a freelance travel writer. She has crafted 400+ travel articles for USAToday.com, AZCentral.com, Examiner.com, CruiseVoyant.com, eHow.com and TravelingWithoutANet.com.
When did you first start writing?
I feel like I've always been writing -- it just used to be something that I wouldn't share, or would only share with a few close friends. I didn't start writing for an audience until 2006. At that point in my life, I was really taking a look at the differences between my life and the expectations that I had for it when I was younger. Turns out I had a lot to say on the subject!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is a collection of essays drawn from interviews with some fabulous women and my perspective on issues I see impacting me (and the people around me). It covers everything from anal bleaching to a mid-life crisis. Some are very serious -- there are perspective pieces on issues of abuse and rape. Some are outrageously funny. Others are a blend because often life is a mix of the two.
From the ridiculous to the heartbreaking, Steffy’s essays explore the differences between the realities of today and the expectations of youth. Her own experiences, plus interviews with women over the course of two years, are the basis for these funny and sometimes challenging pieces.