Local author Patrick Luna is signing his works at a book-signing party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Margie’s Book Nook. Photo submitted

Passion fuels writing success

An early passion drove a local author to pursue his passion in writing, eventually leading to his work being published.

Now, Patrick Luna, of Susanville, will be signing his works at a book-signing party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Margie’s Book Nook.

Luna always wanted to write novels, he said. Even as a child, he either had his nose in a book or was writing short stories for his classmates.

“I’ve constantly had some story going in my head,” Luna said, “pretending someday they would magically be written into novels and made into classic movies. But life gets in the way and there’s ‘kids to raise and bills to pay.’”

Luna was driving back home after fighting wildland fires one summer in the early 70s. He pulled over on Highway 36, west of town and stared down into the canyon and out past the mountains and Honey Lake Valley, finding it so enchanting he hoped he might live here one day.

Graduating from UNR in journalism, he worked as a newspaper reporter, wrote commercials and radio jingles and was a promotional director for a Lake Tahoe visitor’s bureau.

“That first novel was in my head for years, but I could never seem to find the time to write it. Later, I got married, had a family and became a Reno fireman. Twenty-five years later, I retired, bought a second home in Lassen County and began to write “The Pass,” not because I could finally do it, but because I had to finally do it.

“One step at a time, two pages a day — every day, never looking up at the top of the mountain, just taking the next step. And then it was done. I started another one. Now there are four with plans for more. My wife is my editor: I write every novel at least twice and then she rewrites it again. It’s a beautiful partnership and I hope it continues for a long time.”

 

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