L. A. Patrick

L. A. Patrick

I have had a long fascination with ESP, science fiction, fantasy, and science in general, which are all important subjects in Project ParanormalProject Paranormal is the beginning of my Folding Space series that focuses on a specific multi-generational family and involves a futuristic world of an out of control government that is quick to exploit the genetic talents of its citizens.

Recently, I won two writing awards from Southeastern Writers Association. My first award was received the summer of 2013; I won second place for novel for an earlier draft of this current book. My second writing award was received the summer of 2014; I won first place for a short story I wrote entitled "Jonas Rules for Cats." The criterion for judging was that the story must make the reader laugh and cry.

My early passion for reading became a passion for writing. I devoured the Harry Potter books (by J. K. Rowland), the Hunger Game series (by Suzanne Collins), the Foundation series (by Isaac Asimov), the Ender series (by Orson Scott Card), and the Dune series (by Frank Herbert) just to name a few of the many books I’ve read, enjoyed, and have inspired my writing. From a young age I have been interested in creating characters and writing science fiction/ fantasy books. Other authors who have directly influenced my imagination and love for writing include: Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Terry Goodkind, Arthur C. Clark, Anne McCaffrey, C. S. Lewis, T. H. White, Robert Heinlein, Hugh Lofting, Madeleine L’Engle, Richard Bach, J. R. R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Michio Kaku, and Dr. Seuss.

I remain an avid reader. The most recent books I’ve enjoyed reading were Wool by Hugh Howey, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. I’m intrigued by stories where an unassuming hero finds he or she has a special gift crucial to his or her survival and the survival of those he or she loves and isn’t afraid to use that gift to fight evil. This is the type of book I wrote in writing Project Paranormal.

I currently reside in Murfreesboro, NC with my husband, Jim Guthrie, and our three cats: Jasper, Jada, and Loki. As Amy R. Wethington, I teach biology, animal behavior, invertebrate zoology, and microbiology at Chowan University where I am an associate professor. I play violin in the Meherrin Chamber Orchestra directed by my husband-composer and continue my research on snails.

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Project Paranormal

A Folding Space Book

Project Paranormal

A Folding Space Book

L. A. Patrick’s first novel Project Paranormal is now available in the Bookhop and on Amazon here and Barnes and Noble.com here.

ISBN 978-1-937056-58-2                                                                                                      

To arrange a book signing or interview, contact publisher@parkgatepress.com.

Back Cover Blurb

It is the year 2063. Jeremy wants a Pan Limbic Universal Gadget (PLUG) in the worst way. How else can he compete with his plugged-in peers and become a famous astrophysicist when he grows up? But his parents have other ideas, including a secret genetic project which promises to unlock paranormal traits in their children as they enter puberty. A project which might explain the large number of near fatal accidents Jeremy has survived since infancy. A project easily invaded by evil forces. Project Paranormal is a mixture of time travel, an immortal evil spirit, and politics.

Project Paranormal

Award

The prologue for Project Paranormal, "Lucifer," took first place in the Southeastern Writer's Association's Vega Award For Speculative Short Fiction.

Book description

It is the year 2063. Jeremy wants a Pan Limbic Universal Gadget (PLUG) in the worst way. How else can he compete with his plugged-in peers and become a famous astrophysicist when he grows up? But his parents have other ideas, including a secret genetic project which promises to unlock paranormal traits in their children as they enter puberty. A project which might explain the large number of near fatal accidents Jeremy has survived since infancy. A project easily invaded by evil forces. Project Paranormal is a mixture of time travel, an immortal evil spirit, and politics.

As I wrote Project Paranormal, I had in mind that my main protagonist would be an “everyman” or in Jeremy Cay’s case an “everyboy” who becomes extraordinary because of the difficult choices he must make due to the times he’s born into, the people who surround him, and the choices he makes. Jeremy turns thirteen in chapter one and must solve mysteries such as who is he, what gifts does he have, why would a renowned geneticist want to tutor him, is his eight year old sister’s imaginary world actually real, and why does someone from the future want him dead? Project Paranormal is meant to be the first book in a series of science fiction/fantasy books involving Jeremy Cay, his friends, and his relatives and how they wind up living on Galatia, a planet filled with magic in another universe.

As I see it, the central question of the series involves kennst gene pedigrees and politics. How do kennst gene pedigrees influence politics? How does politics exploit kennst gene pedigrees? So the relationships of the characters matter. The fact that some (e.g. Mary and Gregory) can see possible futures drives decisions made by those characters. Mary has to go to Galatia or she will die young on Earth. One of the reasons why she would die young if she remained on Earth is because of her disabilities. Lucifer’s future plan for “relocation” is similar to Hitler’s death camps. It will be his intent to purge “weak” individuals like Mary from the human population. Lucifer attempts to control American politics so he can achieve his idea of utopia, a human population without genetic flaws completely under his control. The fact that Jeremy has to decide between staying with Mary and fighting Lucifer will drive him throughout the series.

Inspiration for my Folding Space series came from my observations of how scientists interact with each other at meetings. In short, they are more than the ideas and theories they project; they are flawed people with children, spouses, students, post-docs, and problems stemming from political associations within their field, universities, and the world at large.

Meet L. A. Patrick!

L. A. Patrick lives in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. She will be signing copies of Project Paranormal at bookstores in the region.

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Project Paranormal (2015)

Project Paranormal is L. A. Patrick's first novel, a mixture of time travel, an immortal evil spirit, and politics.

L. A. Patrick’s Project Paranormal is now available in the BookShop and on Amazon here and Barnes and Noble.com here.

Reviews

"Time travel: check. Evil spirit: check. Genetic manipulation: check. Paranormal abilities: check. Shaken, not stirred, into the beginning of a new YA series with some of the best writing I’ve seen lately. Get a copy of L. A. Patrick’s Project Paranormal and enjoy an unputdownable debut novel!"

--K. G. McAbee, author of Ruby Moons and Alabaster StarsCabbages and Kings, Erek Starstone and the Nexus Cube, The Malmillard Codex and The Prince Who Wasn’t (K. G. McAbee's awards: Epic Award, Best Fantasy; Dream Realm Award, Best YA Fantasy; Black Orchid Novella Award; Honorable Mention, Writers of the Future).

 

“You returned me to my teenage imagination years. I love it and the politics and the social teachings. Super!” … “You have a good imagination and have introduced new vocabulary to the youngsters. Great fun!”

--Susan Lindsey, author of The Bottom Rail and When Darkness Fell (and winner of Next Generation Indie Book Awards). 

 

“Paranormal, hot dog!  When I first read this manuscript I thought, oh boy, here we go…and go she does! In her new novel for teens, Project Paranormal, writer L. A. Patrick kicks the action into high gear and never stops. Through a continuous meal of detailed descriptions of the characters and their actions, the reader is able to rocket along at a fast pace and Patrick writes in a conversational style young people (and old) will identify with and love.  Some words are worth marking pages, such as ‘krankhorror’ wow,  (stomach knotting up) and set in the future, this novel with its scientific currents pulls us in and keeps us by the fingernails until we let go at the, er, the end. L. A. Patrick’s star begins to rise with Project Paranormal and hopefully, we will see it shine via more books to come.  If you love paranormal, you will dig this, prepare for krankhorror for sure!” 

--Peggy Mercer, bestselling author of The Crazy Stories and a former Ga. Author of the Year. 

 

Project Paranormal is an intriguing fantasy that explores the challenges faced by children and teenagers with genetically- engineered abilities. The imaginative plot has them being manipulated by and fighting against a time-traveling, evil spirit, who has a disturbing vision of a future world. The author has created a fascinating set of paranormal settings as a backdrop to this coming of age novel.”

--Dr. John Sheffield, author of Fun in Fusion ResearchRoseland’s Secret, and winner of the 2015 Southeastern Writers Association’s Edna Sampson Award. He served on the US-DOE’s Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for over a decade, chairing it from 1996 to 2000.

 

"Project Paranormal is a thought-provoking coming of age novel that offers a new twist on time travel and the influence of politics and evil on society. L. A. Patrick is a writer to watch."

--Donald Vaughan, author of Nature's Force: How Climate Change is Altering Our Planet, with Mark Cantrell (Tango Publishing, 2012)

 

"Good science fiction makes the unbelievable believable. In this first of a series of novels, L. A. Patrick moves us easily from the ordinary world to an extraordinary one of genetically-enhanced teens, time travel, and the politics of domination. Fascinating characters and effective narrative momentum makes Project Paranormal an absorbing and engaging read. We look forward to subsequent installments!"

--Engin Inel Holmstrom, author of Loveswept (2011), a cross-cultural novel of 1950s Turkey

 

L. A. Patrick’s Project Paranormal is now available in the BookShop and on Amazon here and Barnes and Noble.com here.