After a couple of decades spent churning out annual reports, brochures, video scripts, regulatory submissions, speeches, and several full-length institutional histories, Paddy took down her freelancer’s shingle in 2009. But the words ‘writer’ and ‘retirement’ turned out to be uneasy bedfellows. In 2010, Northwest Arm Press tempted her back to the desk to research and write Wild Ones, a book for children about the tough little wild blueberry beloved by East Coasters.
Contented and busy these days with an unruly garden and community projects, Paddy still harbours a small hope that the fiction muse hasn’t forgotten where she lives. Paddy received three first prizes in the Atlantic Writing Competition: children’s novel (1986), adult short story (1991), and adult novel (1996). She also received an honourable mention in the 1993 Grain International Short Story competition.
A Children’s Book Centre ‘Our Choice’ award winner in 1992; ‘Love From Katie