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Badass Women at Any Age

Sep 6, 2022

Patricia ‘Trisha’ Ricketts  received a lifelong love of music, the written word, the visual arts, and healthy arguing from her Irish Catholic family of origin. She’s been penning essays, short stories, poems, and novels for most of her life as she raised three wonderful children and has watched seven grandchildren growing. However, after receiving a scholarship to the University of Edinburgh in Creative Writing, her passion for writing escalated. Since then, she has had short stories published in New Directions,

The Slate, Meta, The Blue Hour Magazine, Realize Magazine, Storied Stuff and on NPR’s “This I Believe” website. Her love of writing flows into her musical lyrics. During the pandemic, she’s written nearly a song a week—some better than others! Trisha has performed her own work at open mics and hosted musical events in and around Chicago with her artist and musician partner, Peter Hurley. Having recently published her second novel, Speed of Dark, she is way into working on her third novel, The End of June, due out in fall 2023.

 What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Patricia’s origin story
  • Discipline and assignments.  Trisha’s love of structure and focus
  • Perfection, fear or failure
  • Transition to songwriting and learning to play guitar
  • Advice for aspiring writers
  • Failure and success


“If I start writing something and I think, oh, this is terrible.  I'm okay with that because I trust

just down the road, something is going to emerge.”

“When my emotions are completely engaged, whether it's with the lyrics or the melody first, those are some of my better songs.”

“ Don't be afraid to fail because failure is not a permanent situation or perspective, it's just another trial.”

“It's important to share what we have with each other, because you never know who you're going to be mentoring.”

“I believe wholeheartedly that we all have talent. All of us have a talent and a dream, but we fail to acknowledge it for fear of failing.”

“My philosophy is to not take talent or your time for granted each day brings an opportunity to spread your wings, try new things, be willing to stumble and learn at any age” 


Gendered Ageism Survey Results

Forbes article

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