Patty Wain Smith registered her first song copyright in her teens and was later awarded an Honorable Mention in the Music City Song Festival national songwriting competition. (A song she wrote is linked in her book.)
Her self-published first book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America, won the 2022 Hope PYX Global International Book Award, the 2022/2020 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal, the 2020 Writer’s Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention, five International Book Awards Finalists, and the Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal.
Patty’s been a speaker with the Family Justice Center of GHC Speakers Bureau. She’s appeared on Carolina and Company Live television and on radio, and has worked as a hotline counselor for Citizens Against Spouse Abuse and Parents Anonymous. Patty created a family violence prevention program at her ELCA church and managed it for eight years.
Her studies in psychology at the University of South Carolina-Coastal led to membership in the Psi Chi International Honor Society as well as graduate coursework in counseling at Webster University. Other professional memberships include The Authors Guild, the Nonfiction Authors Association, and the South Carolina Writers Association. Patty is a domestic abuse survivor, a former child development c&t specialist and educational consultant, and a lifetime advocate for children. More about her work can be found at pattywainsmith.com; or Patty Wain Smith, Author or @PattyWainSmith on social media.