LodeStar is a collection of poems that seeks to juxtapose the light and dark moments of life. Patricia Taylor Wells explores the longing of a broken heart as well as the magical power of infatuation. She addresses the complexities of faith, hope, and loss alongside the simplicity of creation. Like a light guiding us out of darkness, there is no better lodestar than a poem.
Mademoíselle Renoír à París
The whole world was on fire in 1968. I was a young girl attending school in Paris for the summer, soon after the May riots that nearly brought about the collapse of France. Though things had settled down, a resurgence took place on Bastille Day and I was right in the middle of it! Relive my experience in this part memoir/part history account of an extraordinary time in history.
The Eyes of the Doe
In 1963, Holly Hendricks and her family moved from the small East Texas town where they have strong family roots to the impersonal city of Dallas. Against a backdrop of local and worldwide turbulence, their once close ties are fragmented. Fourteen-year-old Holly returns to the small town to stay with her Grandmother as she tries to cope
with the loss of her brother.
- a first of it's kind
The first book ever published about the oldest, ongoing outdoor education school in the country. Inspired by my own memories as a young camper at this iconic East Texas treasure, the book was written as a fundraiser for Camp Tyler Foundation.
(subject line: Camp Tyler Book)
Patricia Taylor Wells published her first book in 2016: "Camp Tyler, A First of its Kind" for the benefit of Camp Tyler, the oldest outdoor education school in the country, which she attended as a child.
Her first novel, "The Eyes of the Doe" was published in 2017. The book was awarded First Place by Texas Authors Association in 2018 for Family Life/Inspirational Fiction. Prior to publication, the first chapter placed as a finalist in the 2016 First Chapter Competition for Historical Fiction sponsored by East Texas Writers Guild.
In March 2018, her memoir "Mademoiselle Renoir à Paris" was published. In April 2019, Ms. Wells’ collection of poems “LodeStar” was released. "LodeStar" won First Place for Poetry in 2020 Best of Texas Book Awards sponsored by Authors Marketing Guild. All four of her books have been featured in Tyler Today Magazine.
Ms. Wells’ short story “Final Curtain” was awarded first place in 2018 and her short story “Among the Thorns” was awarded first place in 2019 in the short story contest sponsored by Texas Authors Association. The stories were published in Short Stories by Texas Authors, Vol. 4 (2018) and Vol. 5 (2019).
Ms. Wells, who holds a BA in English and French, facilitated writing critique groups for the Atlanta Writers Club and Knoxville Writers Group. She especially enjoys writing poetry and draws inspiration from the wide range of experience she gathered from her travels and living in a variety of places. She currently lives in Tyler, Texas with her husband and their dog, Kaspar.