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Patricia Street

Patricia Street
BIOGRAPHY

I'm often asked how I survived the pain and sadness of losing my son to addiction. When his addiction to heroin was discovered in 1999, I knew nothing about drugs. I had a lot to learn. When he passed away in 2014 after years of active addiction, jail terms, failed treatments, illness, and relapse, I didn’t think I would survive, but I did … with time, patience, and working through the difficult grieving process, which I talk about in the book as a two-fold process for parents of addicts. I started writing "The Last Stop" to help other parents like me who are struggling to understand how addiction has turned their loved one into a stranger, and how they can help them. I live in Virginia with my husband and pup, Benji. In 2021, I was blessed with a beautiful grandson.

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The Last Stopby Patricia StreetPublish: Oct 19, 2021Biographies & Memoirs

Patricia Street's Awards and Achievements

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  • BooksShelf 2022 Writing Awards Finalist
    2022

    The Last Stop

    award
  • Readers' Favorite 5 Star Seal
    2022

    The Last Stop

    achievement

Patricia Street Interview On 05, May 2022

"The author of The Last Stop, Patricia Street, was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and retired from federal service in 2013. In 1999, Patricia learned her son was addicted to heroin. Patricia’s memoir is a window into the tragedy and impacts the opioid crisis is having on families across America. She still lives in Virginia with her husband and terrier pup, Benji."
Since how long have you been living in Virginia?

I was born, raised, and currently live in Virginia.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Keeping on point and not let my enjoyment of writing get too wordy.

Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?

No, I don’t remember the first story I ever read, but it was probably from the Dick & Jane series.

If you would've followed your childhood dream, then what would be your career right now?

Attorney.

How did you begin writing the book, The Last Stop? Were there alternate endings you considered?

I began writing The Last Stop as though I was writing in my journal. I did not purposefully set out to write a book. Because my book ends with my son’s death, there was always just one ending. However, it was important that my reader come away with an understanding that there are alternative endings, especially recovery, for others under similar circumstances.

If you had to switch places with another author who would you switch places with?

An author with a marketing manager!

What have you learned about yourself since you became an author?

Writing The Last Stop meant coming out of my shell about my son’s addiction, which helped lift the weight of fear and shame that I carried from the time I learned about his addiction.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Writing is easiest for me first thing in the morning. I usually walk with my dog in the early afternoon, and I may continue writing or work on other projects until it’s time to start dinner.

How do you handle literary criticism?

I learn from criticism and then remind myself that not everyone is going to like what or how I write.

What was your favorite part, and your least favorite part, of the publishing journey?

Favorite part is the writing process – writing what, when, and how I want – least favorite, marketing.

Have you ever found a typo in a published book?

Too often.

How often do you read?

Every day.

What would you say is the most difficult part of being an Author?

Because the Last Stop is a memoir where personal information previously kept secret is now shared, it’s difficult to know how to respond when people tell me they are reading my book.

What are you currently working on?

Compiling poetry written over the years with short stories, but most of my time is spent learning about and setting up marketing for The Last Stop.

What has been your experience working with AllAuthor?

I knew nothing about marketing before The Last Stop was published. Finding AllAuthor has been a great help maneuvering through book marketing, networking with other authors, learning about the publishing business, and promoting my book. I especially like that AllAuthor provides creative banners and social media posts. Definitely recommend!

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