Paddy Eger entered the world of professional writing in 2000. Her publishing credits include dozens of newspaper and magazine articles, hundreds of web and education blog articles, invented math games and three book awards for her nonfiction book Educating America: 101 Strategies for Adult Assistants in K-8 Classrooms and praise for Educating America Desktop Flipbook and a planning workbook.
Paddy graduated from the University of Washington and taught elementary school for more than twenty years. When she joined the PCEP, a co-op public school, she established a training program for classroom volunteers that became the foundation for her Educating America books.
After she retired from teaching she discovered her enthusiasm for fiction writing. Paddy says, “Stories come to me like an itch; they refuse to leave until I promise to scratch around for their meaning and write them down.”
Her novel ideas grew from an early love of dancing. From age three until twenty she took lessons in tap, character, jazz and ballet. She performed in recitals, area functions, musicals, and for a World’s Fair. When Paddy taught school she produced original poems, dances and songs for her students to encouraged free movement activities that foster student creativity. She often organized classroom and school-wide talent shows.
Her love of being raised as a small-town girl and a desire to create realistic stories where skill and steady persistence open doors for dancers became the foundation for 84 Ribbons. The story blossomed to a trilogy with the next books, When the Music Stops, Letters to Follow and Act 4.
Paddy’s debut novel, 84 Ribbons, focuses on the fiercely competitive world of ballet. The YA novels follow two young women through their first years of professional dancing as they balance day-to-day life with the complex world of ballet. 84 Ribbons won several awards including a Moonbeam, a Feathered Quill and various west coast book awards.
Book two, When the Music Stops-Dance On follows Marta home during a recovery period. Now she must decide her future as a dancer and as a young woman stepping into adulthood. Going home after living on your own is never easy. The story received several accolades including Reader Views and Eric Hoffer awards.
Letters to Follow-A Dancer’s Adventure, the third book in the series moves to Lynne Meadow, Marta’s best friend. Lynne struggles to find her place in the world of professional ballet while her own world is turning upside down. It follows her adventures while spending the summer in Europe dancing.
Act 4-The Continuing Friendship of Lynne and Marta completes the ballet series. Both young women make changes in their lives while trying to keep their association with ballet and their friendship alive across hundreds of miles.
The book trailer along side this page shares music and visuals inspired by the ballet-themed series.
In addition to the ballet series, Paddy released Tasman – An Innocent Convict’s Struggle for Freedom. Ean’s story grew from the true story of a documented inmate imprisoned in Port Arthur Tasmania. It began as a poem, grew to a short story, and evolved into a novel. The young Irishman travels from England to the prison, wondering if he’ll survive the brutality during his three-year sentence or if he should attempt a daring escape.
In an effort to look back at her early years, Paddy has written her memoir, Small Town Girl. She shares her growing up years in Bremerton, WA during the late 1940s and early 50s. It’s a private publication for family and shares how much the world has changed since then!
When she’s not writing, Paddy volunteers with elementary classrooms and leads a creative writing class. She’s a member of EPIC, a non-profit organization that actively supports writers and writing.
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For more information on publishing credits, contact her directly:
Paddy Eger, (425) 420-5161
8128 187th St SW
Edmonds, WA 98026-5843