While perusing Patrick W. Carr’s website, my eye started to twitch and my stomach started to get queasy. Why would I start with such an odd intro? Have I lost it? No, no I have not. Those are simply my reactions to words such as “math” and “Geometry Constructions.” I don’t even know what the second one actually means, but it sounds something awful (probably illegal if we’re being honest 😉 ) and now my head hurts. Clearly math and I are best friends.
So why does he have a section devoted to math on his site? Because he is also a math teacher! Say wha?? I am so beyond impressed. I really enjoyed his debut novel, A Cast of Stones, and can’t wait for the next release in the series this July, The Hero’s Lot. So if you love a little fantasy, a little medieval and good vs. evil, then be sure to check out his books!
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
I wouldn’t have thought that parenting could still be so difficult. As my sons have matured the challenges they face have changed and often times I have no idea what the “right” advice is. I figured at some point I wouldn’t be doing this parenting thing off-the-cuff still, but it seems like the further I go, the less I know.
2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
High School. I spent way too much time caring what people thought instead of pursuing those things that interested me. In the end I realized there’s not this crowd of 20 people watching me, waiting for me to do something stupid. Everybody was too busy with their own insecurities to worry about mine.
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
Getting married and taking part in the birth of my four sons. From the time I was 18, what I wanted most out of life was to be a husband and father and I spent a lot of time in prayer for that from that point on. It’s amazing how much better it turned out to be than I thought. Mary is awesome and Patrick Jr., Connor, Daniel, and Ethan are sons to make anyone proud. They’re not perfect, but I genuinely enjoy being around them. They’re all hysterically funny and they have a delightfully weird sense of humor.
4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Live a big life. Stop being afraid or embarrassed to try new things. If you’re fortunate enough to discover your passion at an early age, awesome, but if not, then go out and try everything! You never know when you’ll fall in love with something.
Thanks so much Patrick! Be sure to connect with him on Facebook!