Cathy L. Patrenos grew up in Phoenix, Arizona where she pursued a career in critical care
nursing. Desiring a change after years of nursing, Cathy completed law school and became
a medical malpractice defense attorney in Los Angeles, specializing in the representation of
physicians and other health care providers. Although she changed her profession from
nursing, Cathy remained a captain in the Air Force Reserve Nurse Corps. She is a war
veteran having served as a tactical flight nurse in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert
Storm. Upon returning to Los Angeles after the war, she continued her work as a lawyer
and over the years discovered a passion for writing, other than legal briefs, that is. She
retired from the practice of law and relocated with her husband to Sutter Creek, a
California Gold Rush town in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains where she
writes full time.
Cathy’s previously released award-winning novel, The Comfort Bearer, follows Soon Ja, a
Korean teenager who on the brink of WWII is ensnared into the largest human trafficking
scheme of the 20th Century. She is taken to Manchuria by trickery from her home in
occupied Korea and forced to become a comfort woman, a sex slave for the Imperial
As inspiration for her new adventure/crime novel, The Silk Road Score, Cathy based the
story on her own journey through a portion of the Middle East during the ‘70s, minus the
criminal elements, of course. The story follows American, Grace Donovan and her British
boyfriend Simon Harrison as they embark on an adventure to conquer a segment of the old
Silk Road from the Marco Polo days, affectionately known as the hippie trail, an overland
route from Istanbul to Kathmandu, popular with overlanders, trekkers, and hippies from
around the world.
Currently Cathy is working on a story detailing nearly a year in which she traveled
overland through the African continent, also during the ‘70s.
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“I thank this author for doing all the interviews she did to create this book. But, most of all, I thank her for the creation of Soon Ja from the women she met and spoke to. This is a girl-turned-woman who still had that fight – that slice of optimism and hope in a world that was truly hopeless. All I can say is, I wish my mom was still around to read this one; she would have been this author’s biggest fan. 5 Stars!” — AMY LIGNOR, READER VIEWS
“This novel is raw, unapologetic, and hopefully will open readers’ eyes to how harsh it was for these comfort women during the war, and even after, when they were often shunned by their own families. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone wanting to know more about the Pacific Front during World War II and comfort women. Bravo to the author for tackling such a graphic topic with sensitivity and compassion for the women who suffered so much.” — HEATHER OSBORNE, READERS’ FAVORITE
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