Rick E Patton and Katrina A Patton
Katrina Patton and Rick Patton combine their creativity in a unique collaboration of father and daughter. Katrina spends her time away from writing as a special needs preschool teachert. She received her Maters degree in preschool education from CSU Los Angeles. She hopes to incorporate her writing skills into her profession by developing a series of stories to help children learn good coping skills. Rick retired in 2020 after working for 40 years as a controller for various companies. His wife Janet I also retired, so they spend a lot of time on the road traveling, but Rick still has not lost his love for writing. They live in the Rose Parade city of Pasadena, California.
With four books completed, they both have additional stories in the works for the future. Katrina is in final editing on her sequel to Catarina’s Quest. The new story is Catarina’s Return – The Battle for the Dark Stone. Rick is nearing completion on the prequel to Mythenea Awakens. The story sets the stage for the series and is tentatively titled Tuloria Rises Again – The Destiny of Three.
The book writing process in the Patton family is a family affair. Janet, soul mate extraordinaire, thoughtfully provides editing and proofing services to both Rick and Katrina. Fellow writer and daughter Katrina, squeezes her own writing after her busy days in the classroom. My youngest daughter, Kirstin, has found a way to pack her busy lifestyle with the maximum possible activities. In her spare time, she acts as the family test audience. It takes real effort to coordinate the lives of four very busy adults. Be sure to read the samples from our coming stories and come back for updates as the stories progress.
The Joey Panda Story
This story was born many years before it was published during one of many story telling experiences with my oldest daughter and fellow author, Katrina. Those wonderful times not only fostered this story, but they also taught my daughter to love story telling. One of my greatest pleasures in life was publishing my first book with my daughter, ‘A Journey into Imagination’. Her creativity at the young age of fifteen continues to amaze me. I look forward to reading her second book as a true fan.
News and Events
Rick and Katrina were featured in an article in the Pasadena Star News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and Whittier Daily News. The article described their experience in publishing their first book. Despite the odds against us, and the perceived quality of print on demand books, we have accomplished our dream. You may read the article by visiting any of the three papers and searching for our names in the archives. If you send us an email, we will send you a copy of the article.
In February 2002, we discussed our book, ‘A Journey Into Imagination‘, with the Alverno High School Alumni book club. The book club chose the book for its monthly reading selection.
In March 2002 we both returned to Katrina’s elementary/junior high – Pasadena Towne and Country school. We discussed our books and writing experience with the elementary grade classes. We were very pleased with this opportunity to return to PTCS and hope our visit will motivate the children to continue to improve their reading skills.