About Pati Nagle
I've made up stories all my life.  Like many writers, I started out as an avid reader, got into writing by concocting adventures for other writers' characters (my first attempt at a novel-a ghastly Star Trek story-served the important function of causing me to teach myself how to type), and progressed to creating my own completely original fiction. 

Being a voracious reader is a key part of a writer's development.  Some of the things I read voraciously when I was younger were:

        Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings (over and over and over)
        Edgar Allen Poe
        Jane Austen
        Robert A. Heinlein's early novels
        Anne McCaffrey's Pern books        
        Georgette Heyer's Regency romances

Some of the things I read voraciously now are:

        Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
        Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum novels
        a lot of non-fiction research
        way too much stuff on the Web

Also like many writers, I am easily distracted from the throes of creativity by my numerous pastimes, which include gardening, going to tea, making music, cooking, digital photography, role-playing games with my writer buddies, and all sorts of card games, from bridge to poker.
~  Affiliations
Novelists, Inc.—A professional writers organization

Book View Cafe—An online consortium of professional writers offering free and for-pay fiction.

Oregon Writers Network—Writers associated with the Oregon Coast Writers Workshops

Me in one of my musical personae
—playing the saz.

Sazlar—An all-woman Near Eastern Music ensemble

The St. James Tearoom—Absolutely the best place for afternoon tea in New Mexico

photo by Chris Krohn
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writer of fantasy, lover of elves