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Pat Wilpenter Author

Hi there! I grew up in a simpler time with my younger brother, a pushbike and a floppy-eared Cocker Spaniel called Goldie. And of course a Dad and Mum. My Dad was a hard working chap who was always there to help friends and neighbors. He started life as the youngest of six children in Albany, Western Australia. It's a small coastal holiday town near the bottom left of Australia if you can picture the map. Dad started his working life as an apprentice tailor. My Mum was a farmer's daughter from near Wagin, also in the south west of WA. She met my Dad when they were both in the Air Force. After they married, Mum did a stint as a dental nurse during the evenings to save up the money to buy a piano.

Music figured prominently in our house. Mum played the piano for church. And we had many a singalong on nights when friends came over. And yes, I took piano lessons in case you were wondering.

Dad had built a brick barbeque in the backyard. A solid structure with quite a tall chimney. And it got a solid workout over the years because my childhood was blessed with many happy backyard barbeques with the kids scampering around and generally having lots of harmless fun. Those evenings almost always finished up with most of us gathered around the piano for a singalong.

With (or without) my brother, there were many bike rides from our house… over the big hill… and down the other side to Scarborough Beach. We didn't have the money to buy a surfboard but that's okay because I could never figure out how to stand up on one of those things anyway. Ah, but body surfing -- that was my thing. Loved it.

And no, I was never bitten by a shark or drowned. Shark sightings were not uncommon. But we felt safe because all through the long beach season, volunteer life savers kept watch from their high observation towers. When the shark alarm sounded, we all swam like champions to get out of the water.

Education? Yes, my folks didn't have much opportunity when they were young but they saw its value and we two kids were given every encouragement to do well in school. Which we mostly did.

My education has been all over the place, literally… from failing my first (and only) shot at economics at the University of Western Australia, then off to the UK where I completed a BA degree with majors in theology and communications. While living in Sydney many years later, I picked up a Diploma of Freelance Journalism and then a computing degree. We’ve now retired and finally I've got time to start writing stories… released under the pen name of Pat Wilpenter.

And I'm loving it!

Thanks for popping in today.

Cheers,
Gary.

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A Compelling Medical Mystery. Wish Dr. Tess Scott Was My Doctor

A Compelling Medical Mystery. Wish Dr. Tess Scott Was My Doctor. In “Young Blood” Dr. Tess continues her work as a compassionate young doctor. One you’ll want to cheer for and read more about. The author, Pat Wilpenter, has skillfully created a compelling story and series, rich in well developed characters. [tweetthis]”A compelling story and series, rich in well developed characters”[/tweetthis] The writing style is simple and direct, yet retains interest as the story unfolds with several twists and turns. The book is the second in a series I’m sure will be successful. Medical jargon is presented in a way […]

Gritty medical crime drama… with class!

“This medical thriller was focused on a very interesting concept and grounded by some truly likeable characters… As much as I liked sweet doctor Tess, I found myself unexpectedly drawn to the entire Hoy family. Since I didn’t care for them at first, I see it as a mark of a skilled author when you grow to like characters instead of being expected to like them from the start. Interestingly enough, even though the author occasionally gave glimpses behind the scenes into the bad guys’ motives and actions, the suspense kept me on my toes throughout the book… So much […]

A good read, I recommend it highly

A Cure for Dementia “I have read both of Ms. Wilpenter’s “Tess” books. I really like the second one the most because I have an interest in the subject. My mother and my grandfather both died with dementia though Mom’s was diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. If there was a cure or moderator as in the book, it would benefit millions, and relieve the stress and fear of hundreds of millions. She developed her characters further in this book. She also showed the anguish of the families of those patients. I’ve lived it and I respect her efforts. It makes for a […]

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Honeymoon Roadkill

Romantic Suspense (Doctor Tess Book 3)

MEDICAL THRILLER. Her dream honeymoon in Australia took a nasty turn when death came calling on the same road where her father had been killed. Coincidence or suspicious? Tess had to find out. Get this FREE via Kindle Unlimited.

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