Jacob Paul Patchen (Graham) was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. Jacob earns his inspiration through experience, using wit and grit, companioned with raw honesty to write about family, love, humor, learning, and war. Jacob is a 5-star author, award winning poet, inspiring blogger, and combat veteran.
Jacob considers his time as a United States Marine as a major turning point in his life. Deployed to Iraq as a Rifleman in 2005, Jacob learned quickly to appreciate and love the little things that life has to offer. With a deep understanding and admiration for having purpose in life, Jacob decided to live his life in honor of those that never made it back home by following his dreams and encouraging good intentions.
Patchen took his pen name from his grandfather, who was blessed with four amazing daughters but no son, in order to carry on the family name and honor his grandparents who were such a prominent pillar of love, support, and knowledge. Readers will see that the importance of this foundation is at the heart of Patchen’s writing. Jacob’s roots are buried in rural poetry, where he started writing, at the age of 12, about nature, love, and his own experiences using a confessional tone.
Jacob believes that his writing career began on the day that he decided to quit an oil and gas job in order to finish his first book, Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop. Jacob has worked in several job field, including excavating for his father’s company, evening manager at a bowling alley, bartender, youth case manager at a behavioral health facility, marketing, and has even started his own handyman business, but none has given him purpose quite like writing does.
Patchen is the author of Words That Matter (children’s picture book series, TouchPoint Press); Of Love and War (poetry, Adelaide Books); Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop (creative nonfiction); and Talking S.H.I.T. (Social, Humorous, and Inspirational Thoughts) (creative nonfiction). He also writes a social and humor blog at Jacobpaulpatchen.com
Words That Matter: Family will be released February 16.