Credits-Cabin-Bio

First, the dream cabin-studio...


Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of having an authentic log cabin
where I could write stories in the serenity of a forest. Thanks to my
mother, Evelyn Cooper who asked me to leave Los Angeles and be
near her in her last years, I found the forest.

Years later after
she was gone,
I found the cabin
built in 1870 by
a man who knew how
to harvest, shape,
dry and mount the
white oak logs so
they would still
be beautiful and
sound 150 years
later. I bought
the standing
cabin and began
tearing it apart
a little at a time.

It would be another
five years before
I found help to
move it to my place
on Hideout Mountain.


Murlyn Ulysses Dowell
respected the
workmanship that the
original builder
put into the
notching and adzing
of the logs.













He contractd to
help me demolish
the cabin, move
the logs on his
trailer...








... and with
help from
friends, reset
them at the
end of the
breezeway to
my lodge
style home.

Winter's dream...









“... build the
old waste places:
raise up the
foundations of
many generations
and thou shall be
called the repairer
of the breach, the
restorer of paths
to dwell in.”

Isaih 58:12

CREDITS & BIO


WORKS-IN-PROGRESS:

MEN OF COLOR, a novel that I began writing in 1995 when I lived on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, is about the Draft Riots there in 1863. I started by photographing modern-day addresses where terrible events of the riots against the first natinal draft took place a few days after the Battle of Gettysburg. As I researched the work at the New York Public Library Research Branch on 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue, I counseled with an old friend, historian Leni Ashmore Sorensen, about the project. Over several years, she contributed so much to the backround and characterization of the story, that we began talking about writing it together. Copyrighted as a collaboration between us, the narrative is progressing toward a second draft.

1865, Novel and Feature as pilot for the Limited TV Series that I've written under handshake agreement without formal contract with mentor and legendary producer Charles W. (Chuck) Fries. Meanwhile back at the ranch... well at least the cabin in the Ozarks... I've finished close to a second Draft with twenty polished chapters of the Novel, Feature act one, and seventeen of the proposed twenty-one limited Series Episodes.

PRODUCED:
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Project Type: ABC TV Movie
Credit: "SOMEONE I TOUCHED" (titled story), Chuck Fries Productions, Stonehenge Productions
Status: produced/​aired February 1975

PUBLISHED:
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Project Type: Historical Novel
Project Title: "JAGUAR KING" Book I in The Mississippi Saga.
Status: Self-published with Amazon’s Createspace. A doomed Maya Indian girl gets her chance at star-crossed destiny with a royal team of ballplayers on the road to empire up the ancient Mississippi River. This novel begun in 1989 under the title ROAD TO XIBALBA, is available at Amazon.com.

Project Type: Historical Novel Re-Issued
Project Name: "MADOC" Book Two in The Mississippi Saga
Status: Authors Guild/​I Universe re-issue 2000, ISBN: 0-595-16532-X, and Bantam Books original publication, 1990, ISBN: 0-553-28277-8

Project Type: Historical Novel Re-Issued
Project Title: "MADOC'S HUNDRED" Book II in The Madoc Saga
Status: Authors Guild/​I Universe re-issue 2000, ISBN: 0-595-16536-2, and Bantam Books original publication, 1990/​ISBN: 0-553-28521-1

Project Type: Historical Novel Re-Issued
Project Title: "SONGS OF THE BIG CANOE" Book III in The Madoc Saga
Status: Commissioned, advanced and delivered in 1991, downsized in 1992 along with one-third of Bantam's list with advance and rights reverted to author

Project Type: Historical Novel Re-Issued
Project Title: "WOMAN CALLED ARKANSAS" original title
"RIVER OF DESTINY" (alternate title)
Status: Authors Guild re-issue, 2000, ISBN: 0-595-14029-7 and Bantam Books original publication 1986, ISBN: 0-553-25869-9

Project Type: Science Fiction Short Story
Project Title: "INSIDE MOTHER" by Pat DeGraw
Status: Original 1970 paperback anthology Infinity One (see below) reprinted in paperback anthology with stories by Asimov, Dick, Bester & Ballard for German students of English with brief footnoted lexicon,
“Fremdsprachentexte: Science Fiction Stories 1” edited by Herausgegeben von Dieter Wessels, Philipp Reclam jun. Stuttgart, Germany, Universal-Bibliothek Nr. 9156 [2] 1983/​ISBN 3-15-009156-X

Project Type: Thriller Novel
Project Title: "DRIVER" by Pat Winter
Status: Pinnacle Books, 1982/​ISBN: 0-523-41278-9

Project Type: Novel adaptation of TV series
Project Title: "PRISONER IN CELLBLOCK H #2: The Frankie Doyle Story" (additional material by Pat Winter with credited novelization of Henry Clement teleplay) Status: Pinnacle Books, 1981/​ISBN: 0-523-41175-8

Project Type: Article
Project Title: "NOTES ON A DEATH THREAT" by Pat Winter
Status: MS Magazine, January 1980

Project Type: Short Story
Project Title: "POLIMANDER'S MAN-THING" by Pat DeGraw
Status: Analog Science Fiction/​ Science Fact Magazine, Vol. XCII, No. 2, The Condé Nast Publications, Inc. April, 1973

Project Type: Short Story
Project Title: "INSIDE MOTHER" by Pat DeGraw
Status: "Infinity One" paperback anthology published by Lancer Books, Inc. NYC, 1970

Project Type: Short Story
Project Title: APPLECRATE CAGE, first prize winner in the first short story competition at Los Angeles Valley (Community) College. The Prize was publication in the College's first edition of the Literary Journal, Manuscript, edited and Published by the Los Angels Valley College English Department, Van Nuys, CA, 1966

Project Type: Employee Magazine
Company: Sears Roebuck Los Angeles Catalog Order Department in Sears Tower on Soto Street. During undergraduate work at USC employed as Pat DeGraw format designer, editor, researcher, writer and photographer
Project Title: "TOWER TALK"
Status: Monthly publication, 1966 - 1969

Project Type: Poem
Project Title: "MEMO TO SECRETARY" by Pat DeGraw
Status: Published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 6, Mercury Press, Inc. June 1966 and later reprinted in “The Best of... [the Magazine 1966]” hardcover anthology

AWARD:
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"Departure" 1st Place winner/​Animated Film - LA Garden City Festival awarded by The City of Los Angeles, 1976, produced/​animated under married name, Pat DeGraw in the Los Angeles City College Animation Workshop

EDUCATION:
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University: UCLA, School of Theater, Film & Television
Degree: M.A. Broadcast Journalism, (under married name Pat DeGraw) on Picard-Lurman Scholarship
Year: Graduated 1973

University: USC, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Degree: B.A. in Print Journalism on scholarship (as Pat DeGraw)
Year: Graduated 1969

College: Los Angeles Valley College
Degree: A.A. in Journalism (as Pat DeGraw)
Year: Graduated 1966

College: Los Angeles City College
Degree: Completed Cinema 013, LACC's Animation Workshop; short animated film "Departure" plus many other student works compiled by LACC Department of Cinema Staff, was shown on PBS for many seasons.
Year: 1976/​Spring

Secondary School: San Fernando High School, San Fernando, California as Patricia Ann Cooper. Graduated: 1958

I would have been among the class that never graduated from Little Rock Central High School during the Faubus integration crisis had my family not moved to Los Angeles in 1954.

EMPLOYMENT & FREELANCE WORK:
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2003 - 2007 “U.S. GRANT” in development with a legendary biopic producer: Completed Acts I and II of the Feature, seventeen of twenty-one, 1-hour episodes-in-treatment of the Mini-Series and first draft of the companion Novel

1996 - 2006 Environmental activist and volunteer digger at archaeological sites, including Wickliffe Mounds, Kentucky, sponsored by Murray State University; and the 2006 BLM-sponsored UALR dig at an 8000-year-old site near Winter Family property.

2003 - 2004 "DRIVER" and "ON AIR" completed contemporary screenplays adapted from published and unpublished novels workshopped with strong peer reviews on Zoetrope.com and Triggerstreet.com ("DRIVER" achieved Blue Star permanent festival status at Triggerstreet).

2002 "SAFER REGIONS" (unpublished & unmarketed historical novella) workshopped with strong peer reviews on Zoetrope.com.

1990s Tech Writer, International Systems Services, Inc., Manhattan computer consultancy

1990s Teacher, broadcast writing on computer, former NYC Center for Media Arts

1977 Adjunct Instructor, Broadcast Journalism, University of Southern California

1970s Assistant Professor, Several terms teaching Journalism and Media classes at Los Angeles Valley College

1973 - 1975 On-Air Reporter, Editor and/​or Producer, KFWB All-News Radio in Hollywood, California

1969 - 1973 General Assignment Reporter under married name, by-line Pat DeGraw, The San Diego Union, San Diego, California

1966 - 1969 as Pat DeGraw, designer, editor, researcher, writer and photographer of TOWER TALK, employee magazine for Sears Roebuck Los Angeles Catalog Order Department while an undergraduate at USC


MEMBER:
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The Authors Guild

USC Alumni Association

UCLA Alumni Association


NARRATIVE BIO:
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After more than twenty years in alternating states of mind on family land in Arkansas and Positively 4th Street in Manhattan, I live on a Southern mountain next to a National Forest. Born in Tennessee, raised in Arkansas, educated in California, I am the first daughter of an Arkansas daddy and a Mississippi mama both named Cooper from Birth. I have one sister. Married young and divorced early, my daughter and son have given me six grandchildren and two greats. As a single mother I was neither Patricia Ann Cooper-Cooper nor Pat DeGraw, the married name that by-lined short stories, San Diego Union newspaper articles and two university degrees. I wanted my children to have the same name as both parents, so a more fitting byline would have to wait ‘til they left the nest. For years I thought about what it might be. Mama's mother Sally Winter came from Mississippi Choctaw ancestry. When Mama was six she saw Sally, pregnant with her fifth child, struck by a tree Grandpa was chopping down. I knew someday I’d adopt the maiden name of that country girl and her unnamed child who died with her too soon.

About the time I was graduated from USC School of Journalism, renowned science fiction agent Forrest J. Ackerman sold my first short story, “Inside Mother.” He also sold the poem "Memo to Secretary" to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that was reprinted in the S&SF Year's Best anthology. The finest thing Ackerman did for me was introduction to science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon. I loved his stories as a kid reading with a flashlight under the covers after lights-out. During a two-hour mentoring session Sturgeon shared writing secrets that continue to inform my work. He believed that the writer’s truest inspiration comes from life experience. Everything else, he said, is craft. He loved “... building stories and stuff” like the device he crafted for his daughter, a gifted musician. Her fingers still worked after she walked through a sliding glass patio door, but her arms were damaged so she couldn’t lift the flute to her lips. Her father invented an elbow-supporting armature so she could continue making music. I stayed up ‘til dawn adapting Sturgeon’s experience into a story about an alien infant born without the ability to telepath-- the equivalent of being autistic, deaf and blind in his highly evolved bat-like species that communicates with biological sonar. The baby’s father steals a radio from human explorers just landed on his asteroid world. From the disassembled parts he builds a telepathic hearing aid that gives the baby access to his community. “Polimander’s Man-Thing” was s.f. author Ben Bova’s first acquisition after replacing legendary Joseph W. Campbell as editor of Analog Science Fiction/​Science Fact Magazine. Illustrated with a dynamic Vincent Di Fate sketch the story was published in the May 1973 issue. Since back issues of the Magazine are rare, I wanted to get both up on this Authors Guild site, but have been informed by Analog's current editor that would violate copyright. You will soon be able to read a novel spun out of both these short stories, and of course you can still buy back issues of the original publication venues.

First writing job was with the San Diego Union on general assignment, byline Pat DeGraw. After a year’s internship my beat was the North County where I self-assigned a wide variety of stories from a worm farm to a Buddhist monastery to a parachute school. I took the course and lived to tell about it after jumping-- but only once. I also covered Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Corps base, the first woman to do so. I resigned from the newspaper when I won a fellowship for a masters degree in broadcast journalism at UCLA. My kids spent a year with their dad, and I moved into a funky hotel on Sunset Boulevard near the UCLA campus, and joined the newsroom staff at KFWB All-News radio.

I loved the work, but longed to write stories and novels inspired from my own life experience. Opportunity came in my fourth year while producing an evening interview show. An L.A. County P.R. representative called in a Health Department press release about an outbreak of gonorrhea in the Wilshire-Hollywood corridor. This was quit-the-dayjob-time for the P.R. rep because he had sold an idea for another movie. I blurted the forbidden question, and he was gracious enough to give me the name and number of his agent.

I pitched a story idea based on the Health Department stats: When an architect catches the clap from a “daisy chain” he inveigles his wife’s gynecologist to keep it a secret even though she’s finally pregnant after trying for years to have a baby. The consequences made a hot story way before the AIDS epidemic. The agent wanted a title right then on the phone. “Someone I Touched” popped into my mind the way titles and whole stories often do. He sold it within hours. Chuck Fries Productions teamed with Dick Berg’s Stonehenge Productions to produce the 1973 ABC TVM directed by Lou Antonio, starring Cloris Leachman, James Olson and Kenneth Mars.

Resignation from the radio station was timed to the night the show aired so I could part-time teach journalism at L.A. Valley Community College and the University of Southern California. That would give me time to work on a couple of other movie ideas. Within a year, a true story found me in the person of a friend, a former KFWB sportswriter who shot another employee who survived, then targeted other women who worked at the station before offing himself with booze and pills. Gloria Steinem published "Notes on a Death Threat" in the January 1980 issue of Ms Magazine. But, it took years and a dozen drafts for me to process being wished dead by a friend into the TVM screenplay and novel “On Air."

I worked for a while as script doctor/​reader for the company that published my first novel "Driver,” a romance-thriller. The adapted feature s.p. holds a Blue Star festival rating on Triggerstreet.com.

Bantam Books published my first historical under a title that I did not choose: "River of Destiny.” Under my title the Authors Guild reissued the book about the French soldier-of-fortune and a "Woman Called Arkansas.” Bantam later published "Madoc" and "Madoc's Hundred" chronicling a Welsh voyage to North America 322-years before Columbus. The Company paid on delivery for "Songs of the Big Canoe" third novel in the Madoc Saga, then broke contract, reverting rights and advance in a downsizing that withdrew fifty titles from Bantam's 1992 fourth-quarter list.

I “kept on keeping on” as Mama used to say, completing four stand-alone novels and three screenplays. When I was a full time U.S. Air Force wife and mother I played at writing. After losing the Bantam contract I wrote to save my life while odd-jobs kept the wolf from the door. I worked as a tech-writer with a New York computer consultancy… fine art conservator/​restorer… teacher of writing at the [former] Center for Media Arts in Manhattan. I've been a substitute K-12 teacher for private schools in and around the Five Boroughs, and a phone researcher in Manhattan for The Harris Poll. For a while I managed a small herd of cattle on an Arkansas farm.

I researched "Songs of the Big Canoe" in Wales and spent six years writing that third book of the Madoc Saga. It was devastating to have it axed on the eve of publication. But in retrospect I see that detour gave me wandering time to write the stories life tossed my way. It prepared me for the spiraled path from who I was to who I have become.











































































































































































































































































Americana
Book I in the Mississippi Saga, available in hard-copy and Kindle at Amazon.
Book II in The Mississippi Saga... 322-years before Columbus, a Welsh sea captain sails west in the wake of the Vikings to save a remnant of his family from destruction by the Norman-English King Henry. Originally published by Bantam Books Inc. (ISBN 0-553-28277-8). Reissued by The Authors Guild, and on sale at Amazon.com (ISBN:0-595-16532-X)
Book III in The Mississippi Saga.... to ensure survival of his New World colony, Madoc joins Shawnee Indian allies, which provokes Iroquois enemies farther north on the Mississippi River. Original Bantam Books title (ISBN: 0-553-28521-1) is reissued by The Authors Guild, available at Amazon.com (ISBN: 0-595-16536-2)
Book V in the Mississippi Saga...A French soldier of fortune and a Quapaw Indian woman risk everything for love in the wilds of French Louisiana. Original Bantam Books title: "River of Destiny" (ISBN 0-553-2586-9), reissued by The Authors Guild under the Author's original title WOMAN CALLED ARKANSAS (ISBN 0-595-14029-7)
Contemporary
A commercial actress gets more than she bargained for when she telepathically hooks up with a TV star revived after near-death experience in a case of stolen identity that ends in madness, murder and ironic new life for both of them. DRIVER is also 109-page screenplay listed on TriggerStreet, and adapted from the Pinnacle Books novel (ISBN: 0-523-41278-9)
Science Fiction
Short Story first published under the byline Pat De Graw in the 1970 paperback anthology Infinity One, by Lancer Books, Inc. with stories by Asimov, Dick, Bester & Ballard. Human orphans raised by a surrogate mechanical mother invent a religion to explain their circumstances. The original story Inside Mother, is the core story, one of 2-dozen log entries stored in the mechanical mother's computer database that is the unpublished 150,000-word novel LOG OF THE DOG, (See works-in-progress on the Home page) Inside Mother was reprinted in the paperback anthology for German students of English with footnoted lexicon, “Fremdsprachentexte: Science Fiction Stories 1” edited by Herausgegeben von Dieter Wessels, Philipp Reclam jun. Stuttgart, Germany, Universal-Bibliothek Nr. 9156 [2] 1983/ISBN 3-15-009156-X
When human astronauts invade his asteriodal home, a telepathic creature steals a radio to connect his silent child with his community. Short story published April 1973 in Analog Science Fact Science Fiction Magazine, under married name Pat DeGraw.