P. C. Zick
I am a storyteller. Any time I use language, either in speaking or writing, I tell a story. I can’t help it. Someone once asked me if I could ever turn it off. I responded, “Why would I ever want to do that?” I started my career as a high school English teacher, holding the dreaded red pen over thousands of essays for seventeen years. When I lost the passion for teaching others how to write, I knew it was finally time to put the pen to paper and do what writers do. So I wrote. And I still write. After gigs as a reporter, columnist, editor, publisher, and public relations director, I’m now a full-time writer. I write my blog, and I have several novels in various stages of production. I’m also putting myself through an independent study program on how to use social media and the web. I’ve published three novels and one work of nonfiction and received several awards for my writing.
I was born and raised in Michigan. Then Florida beckoned, and I moved there in 1980 and raised a daughter on 20 acres in rural northern Florida with my first husband. In those days, I was known as Patricia Behnke. After my divorce, and while working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a public relations director, I reconnected with a lost love from my teenage years in Michigan. He lived in Pittsburgh, and when we married, I left Florida for the Steel City. All the places I’ve lived thus far share a part of my heart. But the biggest part of my heart goes to my daughter Anna and my husband Robert.
I write about life and love; I write about wildlife; I write about the environment; I write about climate change. Every now and then I write about my love of outdoor activities, from gardening to kayaking.
My first e-book on Kindle, is Live from the Road, a novel about four women who hit Route 66 in one hilarious and enlightening journey from Chicago to L.A. I am revising my next novel after first reads by trusted colleagues. I haven’t decided if I’m going to go the traditional route with this book. My decision will be based on the results of Live from the Road. The new book, Trails in the Sand, is an environmental love story (my new genre designation). A family uncovers secrets from past generations as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill creates upheaval for the environment and wildlife.