After a long-time career serving her community as a Juvenile Officer in St. Charles County, Patricia (Pat) Wahler took the retirement plunge and has forged a new path for herself. Her passion for writing has lead to an award-winning second career as an author.
Pat explains, “Although I’d previously had short pieces published in a number of venues, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, I wanted to devote more time to establishing myself as a full-time writer.” And that is exactly what she has done.
Check out her works:
On A City Street - Veterinarian Carolyn Becker flees heartbreak to start a low-cost animal clinic. But a mysterious man and a troubled teen soon bring her more trouble than she bargained for. A Beck Family Novel and Five-Star Readers’ Favorite!
I am Mrs. Jesse James - The infamous outlaw’s wife tells her own story in this novel of love, loss, and redemption. Winner of Western Fictioneer’s Best First Novel of 2018 and the Walter Williams Award for a Major Literary Work.
Let Your Heart Be Light: A Celebration of Christmas - This heart-warming collection of short stories, essays, and poetry is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves Christmas. Five-Star Readers’ Favorite!
Midnight the One-Eyed Cat - This beautifully illustrated picture book confirms it’s okay to be exactly who you are. A classic tale for children of all ages.
This retiree is definitely making the best of her retirement! Participating in book signings, attending book clubs, and giving presentations on her research and writing process, Pat has been able to meet many amazing people she may not have ever had the chance to meet had she not pursued her passion. Pat explains, “I’ve met countless amazing people, and look forward to meeting many more - including those I’ll meet during an upcoming trip to the Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield, Minnesota as a featured author.”
So many of LAGERS retirees continue to give to their communities even after retirement, and Pat is no exception. She shares her talent and passion with all in the form of her books. Pat states, “Retirement and my LAGERS benefit have given me the opportunity to do many things I would never before have dreamed possible. I am truly grateful.” Well, Pat, we are grateful for you!
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