Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia L. Meek.
Patricia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hello, my name is Trish, my mother and my aunt call me Trisha, but I publish under my full name, Patricia L. Meek. I am the author of Noah: a supernatural eco-thriller, which explores Noah’s Ark set in contemporary New Mexico published by All Things Matter Press. It can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, and Books a Million. https://www.amazon.com/Noah-supernatural-eco-thriller-Patricia-Meek/dp/0984721517
I wrote my first short story in High School, and the writing hooked me. I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and went to Louisiana State University, majoring in English, Creative Writing. I discovered I was dyslexic when I was editing my graduate thesis in Creative Writing from Wichita State University and it explained a lot, especially about my math courses. I didn’t let a learning disability slow me down, and when I was a college teacher, I shared my story to help motivate my students.
In graduate school, I won the AWP Intro Fiction award for emerging writers for my short story, “The Crucified Bird,” and my poem, “Weather,” was a 2016 finalist for the Rita Dove Award in Poetry. I was recently a semi-finalist for the Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards for my screenplay, The Brides of Inti, influenced by a shamanic, healing initiation I participated in the Andes Mountains of Peru.
This year, my poetry video, “A Dialogue with Georgia O’Keeffe II: Ghost Ranch,” was screened at the Santa Fe Film Festival, and last year was a Curator’s Choice at Rabbit Heart Film Festival in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can follow the link to the video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KkzT1ezJAc), and other poetry videos I have created with help from my creative team at Jack Rabbit Hollow Productions at http://www.jackrabbithollow.com.
I trained as a counselor at Southwestern College in Santa Fe and currently work full time at a community behavioral health center in the San Luis Valley. Also, in addition to the counseling work, I do fulltime, I am a Noetic Field Therapy practitioner, which is a form of energy medicine. I occasionally will do a Noetic Balance and can do this form of healing long distance. To get a better understanding of this work, you can check out my teachers, Dr. Robert Waterman and his wife Karey Thorne, LPC, at their website, http://www.livinginthepresence.net.
Currently, I am finishing a science fiction trilogy and enjoying yoga, my spouse, and two dogs.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I grew up before Velcro shoe straps and digital clocks, so it took me forever to learn how to tell time and tie my shoes. As I mentioned before, I’m dyslexic, but folks didn’t know about this learning disability when I was coming up in school. I was a disaster at math and worked extra-hard with tutors to pass my classes. I had a fertile imagination and loved storytelling, so I did very well in writing, but not so well in spelling—that was before spell-checking. I didn’t realize I had a learning disability, and I had to overcome the challenge that there was something wrong with my intelligence. I think after writing five novels, I may have overcompensated LOL.
My second most significant challenge is work-life balance. I work a fulltime job in Behavioral Health, and sometimes I will work a fifty-hour work week, and then write. I have learned to put my self-care first, and that means I write a little bit every morning, first thing. A little bit of writing every day adds up. After eleven years, I have nearly finished a trilogy, which is an enormous accomplishment and thrilling to see such a large project completed.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
As a writer, I specialize in fiction, both the short story and the novel. I have also done very well as a poet. My first novel, In the Dark Light of Angels, is a dark, coming-out, coming of age. The narrator, Holly, travels traveling through the Civil War battlefields with her photographer father. This novel is my first, and I’m trying to find representation for it. The story is a soul-work close to the bone. Noah, a supernatural eco-thriller, is a retelling of the flood myth set in contemporary New Mexico. I started this novel when I was a student at Southwestern College in New Mexico, and I was studying indigenous healing practicing and archetypes. In my recent trilogy, I posited the narrative question, what would it take to unite the planet? That’s when I began a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll with Alyson’s Adventures in Wonderworld, which weaves a narrative through multiverses and gaming technology of alien Grayware.
As a therapist, my specialty is trauma. I have worked in geriatrics and a medical setting. I am also a Noetic Balancing practitioner, trained by Robert Waterman and his wife Kary Thorne, LPC. I have also had a lot of experience with shamanic practices, which connects me to nature. As a college instructor, I taught English Composition, Creative Writing, and literature.
My ultimate goal is to fuse my gifts of teaching, writing, and therapy. I would like to return to college teaching as I can apply my therapeutic training to teach students how to better connect to their creativity. I am seeking representation for my novels, and, perhaps, one day, I will start a private practice where I can help creative people better manage issues that can come up in the creative process.
What were you like growing up?
My father is a retired fine-arts photography professor who started the Photography Department at Louisiana State University, and my mother is a retired office manager and accountant. We moved a lot when I was growing up as my parents pursued their educations and careers. As an only child, my parents exposed me to a lot of experiences and a lot of interesting people. Most times, I was alone in my fertile imagination, drawing, and reading. Summers, I traveled with my grandparents through the Western part of the states in an airstream trailer with a mean cat and two dogs my Grandmother treated like my siblings. I have memories of fighting for space at the air-conditioning vent in my grandparents’ Lincoln as we pulled the trailer across miles of hot highway where my Grandfather was heading to another store. My Grandpa worked for a company that managed store closures, and my Grandfather was there to help with going-out-business sales. My Choctaw grandmother and I spent our time talking about spiritual matters. She was my first spiritual teacher.
My family celebrated creativity and expected self-discipline. I guess my father taught me the importance of “seeing” the world through the eyes of an artist. Both of my parents are very encouraging and supportive, and this goes a long way toward raising an artist.
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Trish at the Great Sand Dunes National Park – photo by Rhonda Mouser.
Photo credit for all other images: Patricia L. Meek.