I am the first-born of five siblings. That makes me one of an unknown number of oldest daughters. Even the Census Bureau doesn’t know how many of us there are.
As an adult and with my husband, I became a parent of three sons and two daughters. A bit later that expanded to include eight grandchildren.
Relationships are integral to who I am as a person and as a writer. I write
- for the joy of using words for their sounds and for the way–when you string them together–they can create pictures, provoke thoughts and arouse emotions
- to establish and feel the connections between myself and the reader of my book or blog or article
- to talk about things that I see as relevant in my life and those around me
- to share people’s stories
- to hopefully help make others’ lives better
At age 15 I knew the fun, the joy, the thrill of writing a story for my high-school newspaper—and having readers respond.
For more than three decades I wrote bylined (by Pat Schudy) features in regional and national newspapers and magazines. More than 200 of them, actually. Then for several years I “talked with” the population of young people from ages 12-22 in nationally syndicated advice columns, (“Talk to Us” and “Let’s Talk,” Universal Press Syndicate).
Recognizing the needs of young people across all socio-economic situations took me away from journalism for a few years. I worked as a youth advocate, including co-founding and directing a regional nonprofit youth-information network and phone line . Later I became a credentialed college tutor, working with learning-challenged students.
I’ve since returned to the field of writing. I’ve published a non-fiction book and am currently at work on a novel, set in two centuries. I continue to write my blog, “Connecting the Dots.” You can find updates by going to the home page and clicking on “book” or “blog.”
I am a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), the Northern Colorado Writers Association, and the Writers Idea Factory in Louisville, Colorado.
When I am not immersed in family and writing, I grab my camera and head out to capture the beauty I find in individuals and nature. I’ve also been told I make really good cookies.
About the icon
At the top of each page on this website is a small icon. It is one of a series of three copyrighted images artist Ann Marie Riederer Greenberg (www.annmariegreenbergartwork.com) created for me. It represents in a small way, my alter ego.