Patricia Caviglia was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Montreal, Quebec. As an only child, she spent hours entertaining herself by making up stories. Her father was an avid reader and passed on his love of books to his daughter. Her mother loved to cook and kept her family at the dinner table for hours on Sunday afternoons serving up sumptuous meals. Her parents separated when she was ten years old. Patricia and her mother left the Italian community of St-Leonard for, a mostly, French Canadian neighbourhood in Laval. She enjoyed the cultural differences and learned to fit in.
Her mother placed great value in education and sent Patricia to an all-girl Catholic school. There, she became part of a clique that has evolved from a pack of awkward adolescents to mothers, wives and career women. Over their twenty-plus year friendship, they adopted a theme song: Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family.” During her teens, Patricia discovered her love of writing. She penned plays, diaries, poetry, movie scripts, short stories and reporting.
Certain that writing was not a practical career to pursue, Patricia spent many years avoiding her passion and searching for a good compromise. After six years of trial and error, she graduated McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts. During her post-secondary studies, she hired on with a railway company. She continues to be a railroader to this day. At thirty-one, she moved to Toronto. After the birth of her daughter, she was inspired to make a serious attempt at writing which has resulted in Masks: A Novella.
- Deborah Smith
- Brad Smith
- Leo Tolstoy
- Charles Dickens
- I Love You Like A Tomato
- The Bible
- David Copperfield
- The Breakfast Club
- Auntie Mame
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- Champions do not become champions when they win the big event, but in the hours, weeks, months, and years they spend preparing for it.
- “Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.” — Leo Buscaglia
- Winners get to the top and turn around to see those they have defeated. Leaders get to the top and turn around to help others achieve the same.