PATTY DANN
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The first word I remember learning as a child was "eavesdrop" and whether I'm writing a novel or non-fiction, it all comes from a blend of memory and imagination. People often ask what it was like to have my first novel, "Mermaids," made into a movie with Cher, Winona Ryder, Bob Hoskins and Christina Ricci. It was remarkable, and perhaps the experience was magnified because I spent so many years working on that book.

I worked at a magazine, a book publisher, the A&E Television Network and a movie company before I turned to teaching and haven't stopped since. I have never ceased to be excited by my students' work. At first I taught memoir classes for people over fifty, but I have recently opened up my classes to all ages. Teaching fuels my writing and my writing is what guides my teaching.

TALKING UNDERWATER coming soon from Shambhala Press