Patricia Boomsma

Patricia Boomsma grew up in a Chicago suburb and attended college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She did postgraduate work in English literature at Purdue University where she concentrated on medieval studies. She received her Master’s degree and completed her preliminary exams for a Ph.D. before abandoning her dissertation to attend law school at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

After graduating from law school summa cum laude, Ms. Boomsma moved to Phoenix and practiced law in Arizona for over thirty years, primarily as a public lawyer. In 2006 she was named a Distinguished Public Lawyer by the State Bar of Arizona. After retiring, she worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years, then taught writing at Chandler Gilbert Community College. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte in 2016.

Ms. Boomsma has published short stories in Scarlet Leaf Review, Persimmon Tree, and ​Vignette Review, and Indolent Press included her poem“Arc of the Apocalypse” in the anthology “Poems From the Aftermath.”Her first novel, The Way of Glory (Edeleboom Books 2018), won the Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book-Fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association and won First Place, Best in Category, of the Chaucer Awards from Chanticleer Book Review. The novel also was a finalist for the daVinci Award from the Eric Hoffer Awards and a semi-finalist (Literary Fiction Top 20) from the Kindle Book Awards.

Lost is Ms. Boomsma’s second novel. She is working on her third, a mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.

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