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Patricia A Donahue

Photo: Amanda Huston 2015

A published academic in psychology and a university instructor, Patricia's pioneering work in Morita Therapy, a Japanese Psychotherapy, has been published internationally. Later she turned her focus to fiction-writing. Drawing from the rich cultural mix of the East Coast, her distinct characters embody a unique dash of bilingual New Brunswick. The Mighty Orion Trilogy is set in that province on its northernmost boundry which is directly across the Bay of Chaleur from Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula.

The family saga has its roots in Patricia's many years of work as a psychotherapist in private practice, in downtown Vancouver. Weaving the threads of family dynamics, in their full array, was purposeful and aimed at demonstrating how reconciliation can be nurtured in relationships, including those inter-generational. Part of her research for this trilogy was to train as a tall ship sailor whilst crossing the North Atlantic from France to Nova Scotia. Visiting ports-of-call were intregal to lending a sense of realism to a mariner's life for protagonist and patriarch, Percy Kilkenny.

She has also published a number of short stories in anthologies and magazines, some being vignettes; encounters in her travels. Claudia, an e-novel (, emerged from a longer stay in Argentina and is a woman's coming-of-age story set in 1810, the country's independence year. 'Bruno's Bruin' was her contribution to Chicken Soup for the Soul, O Canada, the Wonders of Winter 2013

Patricia has taught several genres of writing at UBC-O Continuing Studies. She lives in White Rock, BC and presents at writers events, as well as instructs classes and workshops on writing. Affiliations: Canadian Authors Assoc, BC Federation of Writers, North Shore Authors Assoc,, Okanagan Writers League, Plein Air Writers, Okanagan. She can be reached at

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Mighty Orion - Fate. Borealis Press, Ottawa, 2010
Mighty Orion - Secrets. Borealis Press, Ottawa, 2013
Mighty Orion - Accord. Borealis Press, Ottawa, 2016 (October)
Claudia. Smashwords, 2013


Okanagan Literary Arts Award for Mighty Orion - Fate, 2012
Global Peace Alliance Literary Contest for My Little Sister Marte, 2017
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