Ever hear the phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none?’ That’s me, Jill of all trades. I’ve worked as a carhop (no skates), a lifeguard at Girl Scout camp, a trainer of outdoor skills, and a day camp director. I’ve shot skeet, archery, and played softball. Hubby and I raised Irish triplets (three kids eleven months apart, girl in the middle) but only have one grandson. Our family has rescued and raised one dog and five cats over the years.
Once my kids asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I told them that being a grandmother was all I had left. Since then I’ve become a published writer, a college fiction writing instructor, and developed an interest in gourmet cooking. Life is one huge surprise, that’s for sure.
Pat Marinelli is a multi-published, award-winning writer from Central Jersey down The Shore. Her fiction and non-fiction work has been published both locally by US1 Newspaper, the Woodbridge Board of Education, the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scout Council and Woodbridge News and nationally in Star Magazine, Up Dare Magazine and by the Girl Scouts of America. She often writes non-fiction articles for writers’ organizations’ newsletters. Pat’s short romantic suspense and mysteries may also be found in the Crime Scene: New Jersey and Snowbird Christmas anthologies.
After a career teaching fiction writing at Middlesex County College and volunteering at local writing groups, Pat—now semi-retired—occasionally teaches private classes in romance, mystery, writing for children, and short story. She belongs to New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers, is a founding member and past president of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey and the Director of Woodbridge Writers Block. Pat has served as municipal liaison for NaNoWriMo and a moderator for NaNoEdMo, as well as a speaker at the Deadly Ink! Writers’ Conference.