Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Patricia Joyce Parsons moved to Cape Charles, Virginia as an infant when her father's employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad transferred the family to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Growing up in Cape Charles, Pat experienced the carefree lifestyle of a small town juxtaposed against the hustle and bustle of wartime efforts flowing in and out of the Chesapeake Bay and the nearby Norfolk Naval Shipyards. Like many of her contemporaries, Pat left Cape Charles as the town began to dwindle in the post-war period. She attended Radford University and, subsequently, found employment in Washington, D.C. at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Air Transport Association. In 1963, Pat married Boston born lawyer, George Parsons and together they moved to Richmond, Virginia as their family began to grow and the desire for a less complicated life began to emerge. In Richmond, Pat raised five children and has been a real estate agent for over 26 years. In her spare time, she has volunteered as a French teacher for the Lifelong Learning Institute of Chesterfield County and served on the boards of the Oxford Civic Association and the Richmond Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.


Pat has always had an interest in writing. She was published in the Radford Review and periodically contributes to civic publications but, somehow, the business of raising a large family left little time to write. She considers herself an accidental author. Beginning with a memoir for her family (which she had no intention of publishing), Pat stumbled across the idea for her first published book, Portrait of a Town. In returning to her hometown to research her original memoir, Pat realized, through conversations with current residents, she possessed a historical memory of Cape Charles that had never been published. She decided to use her vivid memories to bring the town and era of her childhood to life through a colorful collection of vignettes depicting daily life from a unique perspective.


Pat plans to continue her writing in the same vain as Portrait of a Town. She feels she has found her niche with a charming, personal, yet historically based style.