Welcome to my website. My name is Patti Pruitt and I live in the Atlanta area. We have three grown daughters and seven grandchildren who are my heart and soul. When not writing, I enjoy listening to audio books, traveling and spending time at my mountain cabin with my family.
In 2004 I was facing a life of no vision and unable to continue my career with Home Depot. My eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, had worsened to the point that I only had a little light perception. Retiring and with a lot of training on my talking computer, I began writing middle grade novels. Since I couldn’t read books to my grandchildren, I began telling them stories. As they grew, the stories of my grandfather’s leprechaun, Paddy O’Rourke, became their favorite. It was only natural that the antics of this mischievous little leprechaun would be the main character for my first two middle grade novels. Currently I’m polishing a few more manuscripts and moving into the young adult historical fiction market. I belong to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Atlanta Writing Club.
My husband and I serve on the board of the Georgia chapter of the Foundation fighting Blindness and work several fundraisers each year. I enjoy talking to schools and civic organizations about being an author and about my blindness. Showing my talking tools, I bring awareness to the community and explain how to help visually impaired people.
In addition, I set up salons and permanent eyeliner estheticians nationwide to offer discounts to visually impaired women who can no longer apply make-up. For those of us who always try to look our best, this is a necessity rather than a luxury. It’s a gift to have permanent eyeliner and be able to get brows waxed and darkened as needed. Blind women have to think about every step taken so it’s nice to feel confident that we look our best.
I’m a very lucky person to have such a wonderful group of family and friends around me, not only for fun and support, but to help me remain independent.