Pat Black-Gould, Ph.D., has a diverse background that includes a career as an author, director, playwright, producer, and psychologist. Her short stories have been published in several journals, including Jewish Fiction .net, Panoplyzine, Emerald Coast Review, The Pen Women Journal, Mused, and The Dewdrop.
Pat's first children's book,The Crystal Beads, Lalka's Story, is published by Purple Butterfly Press. The story takes place in Poland, 1939. A young girl is asked to part with her most prized possession--a precious gift given to her by her father before he died. The child then teaches the girl a "game" to prepare her for what is to come. As the Nazis invade the country, the mother is forced to make a heartbreaking sacrifice.
Prior to turning The Crystal Beads into a children's book, it first appeared as short story published in Jewish Fiction .net. The story won first place in the National League of American Pen Women's Flannery O'Connor Short Story Competition, and first place in a PEN Women Florida statewide competition.
Pat's writing explores topics such as compassion, tolerance, and diversity. She continues to examine these themes in her upcoming novel, Limbo of the Moon, written with co-author, Steve Hardiman. A chapter from their novel is being published by Red Penguin Press in their first Historical Fiction anthology.
As both a clinical and neurosychologist, Pat specialized in working with Veterans. She was also the LGBTQ Coordinator for the Veterans Administration. Under her maiden name, Patricia Black, she and co-writer, Dr. Neil Glickman have published in the field of Mental Health and Deafness.
In the theater world, Pat ran a theater company in New York and an in inner-city children’s theater program for children. She also directed and produced summer stock theater in Maine and also wrote several murder mysteries that were performed throughout New England. In addition, Pat was also a professional mime, something that embarrasses her son, Zach, whenever she mentions it.