A sixth-generation Texan, storytelling is in Pat Haddock’s blood. Those earlier, resilient generations provide stories worth repeating—some embellished with time, but more colorful for the effort. Her work often carries two underlying themes: First, life mirrors attitudes and actions, shaping what boomerangs back. Hence, a positive outlook and generous actions yield a rich life. Second, nobody gets out of this life alive, so have fun muddling through it. With a dual writing personality, she can dish out punishment for wrongdoing in one piece, and frolic through another, as evidenced by numerous published short stories.