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About Pat Sawtelle
Pat Sawtelle says she began writing in August of 2008 simply to make her mind shut up. After filling two spiral notebooks and with dreams still flowing, she decided she needed a laptop. This story wasn't stopping.
Friends and family tolerated her writing insanity, occasionally asking when they could read them. Bashful about her writing ability and the storyline, Pat politely brushed them off. Several years into the story she finally allowed four friends to read book one. With feedback from these friends, she made changes to that book while continuing to write more.
Stumbling across an old friend who was running a mid-sized speculative publishing company (Dark Oak Press), he offered to provide feedback on a few pages. With his feedback, she continued to tidy up the first book while the story continued to flow into more words and books. After 5 1/2 years announced she'd completed the first draft of the15 books in the Chalice Princess series.
Her friends were excited with the announcement and encouraged Pat to get them published so they could finally read them. Pat contacted her friend Dark Oak Press, to explore ways to share her stories. After reviewing her options, she asked him to help and in November 2016 they released Chalice Moon.
Distracted by life and family, Pat took time away from the Chalice Princess Series to write the two Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! books her children and their friends wanted. They said she had lots of tips to help them and needed to share them. In addition to writing those, she participated in the Dark Oak Press and Media, It's All About Writing speaking events they recorded and put on YouTube. In late 2021 Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! and Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! #2 were published allowing Pat to return to her work on the Chalice Princess series.
Titles By Pat Sawtelle
The movers just drove away and suddenly you have to pay the bills, arrange the furniture, and take care of the car. You told your family (parents or children) you could take care of it yourself but you might have been stretching the truth a bit.
Life is full of challenges and it doesn't come with an instruction manual. Managing life the first time out of the house, or during the changes brought on by children entering or exiting your life, even facing the challenges of getting old, isn't easy. While we can search the internet for any topic, we wonder if we can trust the information we find.
Most people have an "instruction guide" person in their life that won't laugh when they ask how do I write a check, and won't judge them when admitting they don't know how to do laundry. I'm one of those people. I regularly hear adulting sucks from the emerging adults in my life as they show up for "help mom" conversations and maybe dinner too. Life has forced me to figure things out encouraging me to share them with others as my brain runs out of space for more lessons. Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! provided a place to pull out the information and share it with the kids in my life. Others will find a tip or trick that can help ease them through life as an adult. Remember to share your knowledge with others and find ways to make life fun!
Your magic cleaning wand broke and your friends want to come over. One look at the mess you call "comfortable living" and panic sets in. Cleaning takes a lot of work and you hate it. Don't worry. You just need a few habit changes and quick tips to make your life easier.
In the first Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! book you learned about yourself, your friends, clothes, even money. You've picked out things to implement that hit home and you're celebrating the new you. But if you take a moment to review your house and your life, you'll find a few topics that we didn't cover like cooking, the laundry room, working, even that all-important bathroom. You know, the place where black stuff grows in nooks and crannies daring you to make it leave.
Never fear the "mom" brain and family questions didn't stop and the writer's voice demanded we not leave my readers hanging. Adulting Doesn't Have To Suck! #2 fills in missing information, doles out some mom advice, and does it all with a touch of humor. Gather your friends or book club and dig into this new round of tips, ideas, explanations, and things to make you think. Make some changes, highlight topics you find interesting, drag out the sticky notes, and get started. It's time to have some fun!
Could this simple human girl be the legendary Chalice mentioned in that old tale they found? The story said the Chalice is bound to the delicate balance between the forces of good and evil. While the part of taking from evil and giving to good didn’t sound too bad to Kimie, it never said so many people would want to see her dead.