This month WNBA Philly features one of our new members, Patty Kline-Capaldo, a writer, teacher and creativity coach. In an interview, Patty shares her passion for Native American heritage, her favorite books, and what she loves most about being a member of the WNBA.
WNBA Philly: How did you first get involved with the WNBA?
Patty: I learned about WNBA through the current president, Rae Theodore. Rae and I co-facilitate a weekly writer’s group, Just Write, and WNBA sponsored a story jam featuring writers from both groups. It was a magical synergy, and I have been hooked ever since.
WNBA Philly: What do you do outside of the WNBA?
Patty: I am a writer, teacher, and creativity coach. My passion is working with writers, visual artists, musicians, and anyone seeking to live a more creative life. In addition to Just Write, I run a monthly group for artists, and I enjoy organizing and facilitating workshops and retreats. My work with these groups, and with members individually, is what led me to pursue certification as a Creativity Coach (which will be completed by the end of the year)..
WNBA Philly: What do you think most people don’t know about you?
Patty: In the past several years, I have enjoyed exploring my Native American heritage (I have a few drops of N.A. blood passed down through my mother’s mother). I love participating in drum circles and other ceremonies and learning about the ancient traditions that still resonate today.
WNBA Philly: What/who are you favorite books/authors?
Patty: Wow, okay, if I have to narrow it down, I would say Here Be Dragons, by Sharon Kay Penman for historical fiction. Beware—that’s the first of a trilogy. You’ll be hooked and have to read the rest. She has an incredible talent for bringing alive historical figures and times.
For fantasy, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling for making me believe in magic again.
And who doesn’t love a good romance? You? Maybe you’ve never read the prolific Nora Roberts, who writes mystery, science fiction, paranormal, historical fiction—all under the banner of romance.
My favorite memoir is Leaving Normal, Adventures in Gender by our current president, Rae Theodore. Maybe I’m biased, but her way with words is captivating.
My most recent discovery is Frederik Backman, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and A Man Called Ove.
WNBA Philly: What do you like most about being a WNBA member?
Patty: The members! I love the enthusiasm of the members for supporting each other and the organization, and for their love of writers, books, bookstores, and all things book related. Every event is a fun and inspiring time.
WNBA Philly: What other personal information or fun facts would you like to share with members?
Patty: I am a Pennsylvania native, but have shuffled back and forth to Indiana for chunks of time throughout my life, first to Kokomo, then Bloomington where I attended Indiana University and received my bachelor’s in Journalism and History. I finally settled back home in Pottstown where I now live with my husband and three cats. My husband and I are both retired from the corporate world and are looking forward to celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary in Hawaii next year.