About

About Pat Camalliere

Author of The Mystery at Sag Bridge

Photo courtesy of Richard Hoyt Lee

Photo courtesy of Richard Hoyt Lee

I think I always wanted to be a writer, but I never had the time or the guts to follow through on a complete novel until a couple of years after I retired. A career in medical group administration, all thirty-seven years of it, was personally satisfying, but left no time for anything else. Immediately after retirement I took on other commitments, Vice-President for Development of a community chorus, Vice President of the local library board, and archive volunteer for the local historical society. Finally I decided to limit my writing of procedure manuals, reports, newsletters, grant proposals, speeches, website content, and history programs, and write what I always wanted — mysteries. The Mystery at Sag Bridge is my first effort, and I hope you like it.

A lifelong avid reader with a varied appetite for novels of all genre as well as classic literature, I developed a keen interest in local history about fifteen years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Thus it was only natural that the mysteries I wanted to write would have a strong historical component, and be set in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb 25 miles southwest of Chicago. The Mystery at Sag Bridge is the first of what I hope will be many more books in a series that will continue to feature Cora Tozzi involved in a present day mystery tied to another mystery in the past.

In March of 2016, as a volunteer for the Lemont Area Historical Society, I revised an in-house publication of History & Anecdotes of Lemont, Illinois. I updated the book with another editor, added new material, designed a cover, and published the book on Amazon and Kindle, making a local resource more available to readers.

In August of 2016 I released my second novel, The Mystery at Black Partridge Woods. I have about six more stories in my head, and hope to live long enough to bring them all to my readers!

What else might my readers want to know about me? I have a very tolerant husband who does more than his share of daily tasks to allow me time to write. Chris, I couldn’t do it without you. I have two successful sons, who both were lucky enough to find wonderful wives to share their lives (and mine!), and two brilliant and energetic grandsons, and a delightful granddaughter was added to our family in July of 2015. In addition to the fact that a book is never more than an arm-reach away, I sing with a classical chorus, I enjoy my garden, I’m a decent cook, and I knit and crochet, especially during football season. I like sports and I’m a Bears  and a Bulls fan, but during games I like to keep my hands busy–it’s a woman’s way of enjoying sports. And, if my books haven’t already tipped you off, I enjoy walking the trails and exploring the delights of my home town.