November 29, 2006 - Raland Patterson signs Hogback in Blairsville, Georgia
Raland "Pat" Patterson recently held a book signing for his new novel "Hogback" at the Book Nook in Blairsville, Georgia. Fans stopped by to meet the author and to buy a personalized autographed copy.
Hogback is Patterson's first book. He says, "I am excited to announce that I recently signed a contract for a screenplay. After many rejection letters, Hogback finally got published and now there's this deal for a screenplay."
Hogback makes for a good read. Set in Blue Ridge, Georgia during the 1970's, the story is about Jim Coleman and his search for revenge. From the Vietnam War to small town America the plot thickens page by page. Will love win out in the end? The characters are well-developed and there's a surprising twist here and there. Perhaps a series is in the works.
Patterson wrote Hogback on a dare. After repeatedly urging his wife to write a book, she finally responded with "If it's so easy, why don't you do it?" And so he did. Four months later Patterson had his book. "Writing Hogback came easy because I knew right off what the ending would be. My second book is harder because I didn't know what would happen. The characters had to take the story to its ending."
Pat Patterson is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who served in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division where he flew a helicopter. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster. He earned his MBA with National University and currently works as a Regional Vice President of a financial planning organization. After many years in Europe working as a Financial Planner, he now resides with his lovely wife, Ann, in Blue Ridge .
A graduate of Fannin County High School, Patterson fondly remembers growing up in Blue Ridge . "I am glad to be back," says Patterson.