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Author Cathy L. Patrenos

Current Release –  The Silk Road Score

Cathy L Patrenos
Cathy Patrenos

Cathy L. Patrenos


Cathy L. Patrenos grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she pursued a career in nursing. After completing her nursing boards, she embarked on a thirty-day expedition in Africa, which turned into a year. Having been sufficiently bitten by the wanderlust bug, she soon decided that she needed to travel overland, through Europe to Istanbul and across the Middle East to India, what was then known as the “hippie trail,” a route that soon thereafter closed to travelers at the start of the Iranian revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It was an enlightening experience, exploring the mysteries of cultures so different from our own, a rare experience, later to become the substance of travel legend.

Upon returning from her travels, Cathy’s nursing career took her to California, specializing in critical care nursing. Desiring a career change after years of nursing, Cathy completed law school and became a medical malpractice defense attorney in Los Angeles, specializing in the representation of physicians and other health care providers.

Although Cathy changed her profession from nursing, she remained a captain in the Air Force Reserves Nurse Corps. She is a war veteran having served as a tactical flight nurse in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. Upon returning to Los Angeles after the war, she continued her work as a lawyer, and over the years she discovered a passion for writing, other than legal briefs, that is. She found that turning her experiences into fictional stories was gratifying and enjoyable.

Moving with her husband, also an attorney, from Los Angeles to lovely Amador County wine country in Northern California, together they opened a wine tour company, which Cathy operated for several years. She now devotes most of her spare time to research and writing, which she says keeps her out of trouble. The concept for her award-winning historical fiction novel, The Comfort Bearer, was developed after seeing a television news story about a lawsuit brought by Japanese citizens over a monument acknowledging comfort women (enforced sex slaves) that was placed in a park in Glendale, Los Angeles County, where Cathy had worked as a lawyer for many years. They wanted the monument removed. During her extensive research, she discovered that approximately 200,000 girls and women were taken from the occupied areas of Asia over the course of the war, many by coercion and trickery.

Cathy’s latest novel, The Silk Road Score, is a fictional adventure/crime story based on her actual journey on the hippie trail during the ‘70s, except for the crime, of course. She has also completed a memoir detailing the year she spent traveling through the African continent. Her heart, being in Africa, she has returned many times and in fact her husband proposed at the Mount Kenya Safari Club. They live in Sutter Creek, a California Gold Rush town in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains.