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Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, turned loss into passion when she embarked on a journey to help people give those they love the gift of a lifetime.

Patricia Charpentier Headshot LoResShe grew up in South Louisiana surrounded by extended family but had no desire to understand the history and culture into which she was born. By the time she became interested, all those who held the answers to her questions were gone.

Through ghostwriting memoirs on behalf of others, as well as co-authoring, editing, publishing, teaching, and speaking, Patricia has motivated and guided thousands in leaving written legacies for their families. To date, she’s published more than thirty-five books.

Owner of Writing Your Life, a company devoted to personal and family history writing, Patricia offers ongoing workshops and classes, including the video/one-on-one coaching series, See It Through!—Finish My Book in 90 Days and Edit Like an Expert. She is also a popular national speaker and seminar leader.Eating an Elephant Front Cover 300 DPI

Her multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, won first place in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards, a silver medal from the Florida Publishers Association, and first place in the international Global E-Book Awards. She’s published three other booklets related to life story writing, and her work has been anthologized in Oak Tara Publishing’s Falling in Love with You and the Florida Writers Association’s Let’s Talk. Her byline has also appeared in numerous periodicals.

Bob & Patricia 2014 BD v2Patricia Charpentier holds an MA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida and a BA in journalism from Louisiana State University and has worked as a memoirist, writing coach, editor, instructor, journalist and photographer. Originally from South Louisiana, Patricia now lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband Bob.

To find out more about Patricia Charpentier and Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, visit the Writing Your Life website at or contact the author directly by email at or phone at 321.279.1791.


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