This picture of my husband and me was taken at a friend's house in the Okanagan just before we left for Africa in August 2003

We're home from Africa!

My husband, Rod, and I have very itchy feet and always want to see what's round the next corner. Having come to the edge of the North American continent, we headed off in another direction. We spent six months in rural Kenya, working with an organization that provides scholarships for girls to go to  High School, which is fee paying. Click here to read about the first encounter with Africa.

In September, 2003 we returned to Africa. We first taught in Uganda and then came back to Kakamega where we remained until June 04. My experiences are in my Africa pages

 In Septemebr 2004 we returned again to continue our woork in schools and in the computer school we had started. My newsletters are here

We plan to return to continue our work there in September 2005

I have been urged by many to make a book of my African experience. If you read the vignettes or the newsletter, let me know what interests you most, (patricia(at)patriciacrossley(dot).com) so that I can tailor the contents. I have a host of stories. 

vignet6.gif (163357 bytes)Here we are riding along a typical road, following an overloaded matatu. Click on the thumbnail to make it bigger. There are more pictures of our adventures on the vignettes page. 

My Biography


I 've been immersed in the world of books since I learned to decipher the easy words at the age of four. I remember walking home as a child from the public library, book in hand, in London, England, only to come to "The End" before I reached my street. To my distress, the library rules at that time allowed only one or two books at a time and no returns on the same day! Can you wonder that I love the idea of e-books?

It could be that a family tradition that Charles Dickens was a many times great-grandfather always spurred my interest in both reading and writing. Whatever the reason, I turned from studying French language and literature to writing my own stories, and have a whole host of characters in my head, just waiting to be born.  I have been writing on a part time basis since 1990.

I've taught hundreds of kids English, French and German, lived in six countries and moved countless times. Home is now in Victoria, Canada, with husband Rod. Our three children are now all out of the nest, so I can devote more time than ever to my writing and I have just completed a romantic suspense, set mainly in Victoria.

Our itchy feet wouldn't let us stay rooted for long, so we took up a volunteer educational position in Kenya in September 2001. Click on the link  to start reading "Vignettes from Africa."



and at the same time discover some great sites for writers and readers.



Vancouver Island's West Coast

I live in Canada, in the Pacific North West.. 

If you would like to know more about  Vancouver Island, try my "Photos" page or scroll  down my "links" page.

In February 2001, the Vancouver Island Chapter of RWA honoured me with the VIVA award as "Volunteer of the Year"



Patricia Crossley. Nothing may be copied from these pages without the permission of the author