Patrick Brown is the author of Moral Ambiguity (2011), Tossed Off the Edge (2014), Murdered Justice (2017), and Pennington’s Hoax (due in early 2018). Patrick was classically trained as a musician, but early on discovered his love of writing. His keen observational skills, scathing wit and sense of humor shine through in his plots, settings and memorable characters.
Having worked in several fields, including the arts, civil rights, politics and event planning, Patrick has broadened his knowledge of human nature, and frequently transforms personalities and situations into captivating stories and not-so-subtle social commentary.
Moral Ambiguity is the story of famous recording artist Kevin Gregory, who decides to come clean with his fans and write a tell-all book about his years of being the secret boy-toy of America’s most famous and sinister televangelist.
Filled with unforgettable characters such as Claudia Stronghorn, TV personality Vicky Lynn Creekmore (think Tammy Faye Bakker!) and the unbelievably mendacious leader of the Pious Plurality Jimmy Standridge (think of any TV preacher with too much power!), Patrick takes readers on a delightful journey in and out of New York society, a Christian theme park, a media empire, and one scandal after another with hilarious results.
Tossed Off the Edge is a tribute to daytime soap operas, a genre which has all but faded from the American cultural landscape. “Tossed” is the story of fictional television diva Sheila Wozniak who has been adored by millions of fans for decades. After 40 years of portraying the long-suffering Regina Knight Harrison Donavan Taylor Donavan McDonald McDonald Woodward Merriweather Todd, Sheila has been fired from her show The Edge of Conflict! Not knowing what to do with her life in retirement, she engages her former show’s head writer (coincidentally named Patrick Brown) to ghost write her autobiography. The actress begins to tell about her humble start, her lucky breaks, and her sordid domestic problems, which have a familiar ring to them. The fictional Patrick Brown begins to notice that Ms. Wozniak’s marriages, spiritual journeys, difficult children and dangerous stalker bear a striking resemblance to the plots of old movies and television shows.
Murdered Justice is a departure from humor, but Patrick’s vivid imagination and fluid writing come through all the same. Described by Mid Atlantic Book Reviewers as “A superior crime thriller…” Murdered Justice introduces readers to investigative journalist Maggie Lyon whose career has languished in the Lifestyles section of a big-city newspaper. Asked to cover an exclusive weekend gathering at a Hollywood mansion, Maggie wakes up to discover that one of the guests, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Vittorio Scarpia, has died in the night. Maggie soon realizes that Scarpia was murdered and begins her own investigation. Arrests are made, but has Maggie gotten it wrong? After reexamining the details, mysterious phone calls resume, old names resurface and a suspect dies before the killer can be exposed!
Murdered Justice is published by W&B Publishers
Patrick is planning several more books in a series featuring Maggie Lyon, including the forthcoming Pennington’s Hoax set in New Orleans, and he’s also working on a collection of short stories when he can find the time. He regularly contributes articles to this blog to stay in touch with readers as he shares anecdotes from daily life, including his efforts to tame a once-neglected Pacific Northwest woodland into a manageable nature sanctuary.
Patrick has also appeared onstage a few times. Follow the link to see one of his standup performances at the world-famous The Comedy Store in Hollywood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtM285IB35g