Irina VanPatten’s Writings

Vasily’s Rooster

Vasily’s Rooster

“After a few months in the flower business, we realized we had competition from Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway. “People seating in the first row leaned back in their chairs, holding their bellies, stomping their feet almost simultaneously.  “Then we tried something different. Let’s make flower arrangements, we said. So we did! But a few months later, we realized we have competition from Wal-Mart, Costco, Safeway.”

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Romanian Artist in Hollywood

Romanian Artist in Hollywood

I introduce you Elena Beuca-Rogers: a Romanian actress and director, who made her own way through the dense Hollywood forest. A graduate of the Law School in Bucharest and a real estate agent, one day, decided to take her fate by the horns, as a true matador, and change her life trajectory to something artistic. Why not? When you don’t know what to be afraid of, you’re so brave!

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The Dentist and the English Grammar

The Dentist and the English Grammar

Irina put the blue bib around my neck, and got her tools ready, when a hygienist assistant, called Vanessa, walked into the room to ask her something. “I put on tray.” She answered. “I put it on the tray”. I corrected her in my head. Like a true Russian, my hygienist cavalierly omitted the article “the”. 

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Kickass is Her Middle Name

Kickass is Her Middle Name

Yuliya Wold– a mathematician from Odessa, Ukraine, an American Crime Prevention Officer and a hostage negotiator, a mother of two teenagers, and a very social-butterfly-e person. How do all of these fit in one woman? Only Lord knows. Nothing in her previous life could predict that Kickass will become her middle name.

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About Author Name

Irina VanPatten is American Pacific Northwest writer with Eastern European roots. Her writing style marries the best of these two worlds. She draws from the reach roots of her culture, but bakes her own American literary cake with a blended sense of humor: sharp, yet warm; edgy, yet tender.

An Endorsement from Natalia Ghilascu

Chief-editor of Hora in America 

As a chief-editor of Hora in America magazine, where Irina VanPatten is a contributing writer, I have witnessed first hand her passion for writing. She has a unique style of handling difficult subjects with humor and you can hear her sarcastic voice throughout the text. Her story I Love You, Russian Style was a fun read for me personally. Nevertheless, she can switch to a serious mode and write with passion and conviction about issues like women’s rights, immigrants rights, equality.

She is a great interviewer, because she can listen to the people she talks to with the same passion that she writes about them. She is interested in what they do as professionals, and in their daily lives with their families. She had interviewed people from different professions and backgrounds: from truck drivers, doctors and science researches to movie directors and entertainers, but regardless of what they do, when she publishes an interview, she lets them shine.

—Natalia Ghilascu

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