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About Me

Patsi B. Trollinger

I grew up in a storytelling family in the hill country of eastern Tennessee. My sisters and I spent lots of time outdoors gardening or camping. Indoors, the entire family often was eating or doing chores. Someone was always talking. The talking usually led to laughter (or arguments). I learned to love the power of words and the way that stories connect people.

Sometime around third grade, I began putting stories on paper in the form of short, silly messages for homemade birthday cards or Christmas gifts. As a teenager, I became fascinated by journalism and served as a high school correspondent for the Kingsport (TN) Times-News. That led to all sorts of new possibilities, and I eventually became director of news and editor of a magazine at Emory & Henry College in Virginia and then news director at Centre College in Kentucky. There have been other jobs - at a camp in the Smoky Mountains, in the Virginia General Assembly, and in a counseling office where I helped college students find their dream jobs. But mostly, I have been a writer.

Now (when I'm not laughing, talking, or eating with my husband and twin daughters), I spend most of my time writing books for young readers, doing book talks, and visiting schools.

Now that you have learned about my family, you should know that the B in my name stands for Barnes. So if you meet someone named Barnes from Tennessee, don't be surprised if that person likes to talk, laugh, and eat.

Education

B.A. In political science, Emory & Henry College
M.A. In counseling, Appalachian State University
M.F.A. In writing for children and young adults, Spalding University

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