Patrick Smithwick

Baltimore, MD

Award-Winning Author, Devoted Teacher, Legacy Equestrian

Booking Info

Kim Weiss

512-501-4399 x706



Pub Date: May 16, 2023
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Tide Pool Press
Page Count: 263, with photos
ISBN: 978-1-7367720-7-2
Price: $29.95

Q&A with Patrick Smithwick


In War’s Over, Come Home, Patrick Smitwick brings the reader on a two-year quest through cities across the country for his son, Andrew, two-tour Marine veteran of the Iraq War, who is running away from war memories, nightmares, hallucinations, and those that love him. Smithwick’s relentless focus on the life of his homeless son is a microcosm of the national nightmare 50,000 homeless veterans and their families are living every day. Yet, Smithwick imbues every chapter with hope: hope for his son, hope for his marriage, hope for his country. This is a memoir of love, perseverance and hope. 


Starting at the age of twelve, Smithwick began working with his father and mentor, the legendary steeplechase jockey, A.P. Smithwick. Patrick worked his way through college by exercising Thoroughbreds at the major East Coast racetrack and by competing in steeplechase races at Belmont Park, Monmouth Park and Saratoga, as well as at hunt meets, such as The Maryland Hunt Cup and the Grand National. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1973 and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Hollins College in 1975. In 1988, he received a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and in 2000 his degree in Education for Ministry. A newspaper writer for several years, Patrick began teaching English, philosophy, photography, and journalism at both the high school and collegiate levels. In addition to his trilogy of memoirs–Racing My Father, Flying Change, and Racing Time–he has written The Art of Healing: Union Memorial Hospital and Gilman Voices, 1897-1997. Patrick lives with his wife Ansley, formerly the Associate Head of Oldfields School, on the Monkton horse farm where he was raised. In his latest book, War’s Over Come Home (TidePool Press, May 16, 2023), Patrick departs from the horse-centric themes and subjects of his Racing Trilogy and focuses on his family’s plight to reunite with his war veteran son, Andrew.


  • Veterans and Homelessness
  • Veteran Suicide
  • PTSD in Veterans
  • The Effect of Veterans Returning from Duty on Family Relationships
  • Managing Life and Business While Searching for a Missing Son



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  • Month of Hope
  • National Fair Housing Awareness Month
  • Childhelp National Day of Hope - April 5
  • World Health Day- April 7


  • National Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Month of the Military Caregiver
  • Loyalty Day - May 1
  • Armed Forces Day - May 20
  • Memorial Day - May 29


  • National PTSD Awareness Month
  • Flag Day - June 14
  • Father’s Day - June 18
  • National PTSD Awareness Day - June 27


  • International Day in Support of Victims of Torture  - June 26
  • National Love is Kind Day - July 27


  • Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism - August 21
  • National Grief Awareness Day - August 30


  • National Suicide Prevention Month
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day - September 15
  • National Suicide Prevention Week - September 10
  • VFW Day - September 29


  • National Mental Illness Awareness Week - October 1
  • World Mental Health Day- October 10


  • Veteran’s Day - November 11


“Patrick Smithwick’s Sisyphean quest to find his son, a decorated two-tour Marine adrift in America and battling PTSD, takes him deep into the lives of the homeless, the lost, and the forgotten. Smithwick writes with devastating honesty about his harrowing and heartfelt journey to dark and tragic corners of the country, which puts himself and his loved ones at risk, while ultimately affirming the unbreakable bond of family. This intensely personal narrative is a call to action on behalf of veterans, twenty-two of whom commit suicide every day.”
-Richard Dresser, Award-winning playwright , author, screenwriting teacher, and president of the Writers Guild Initiative, which conducts writing workshops with veterans

“Patrick Smithwick’s wonderful books have always started from home—the beautiful terrain around Monkton, Maryland. He grew up the son and nephew of the steeple chasing Smithwick brothers, A. P. (“Paddy”) and Michael, and rode in the great Maryland Hunt Cup himself. Here he focuses on a family tragedy, the effect of two tours of duty in the Iraq War on his son Andrew, who returned with severe symptoms of PTSD and has lived as a wandering homeless man for most of the years since. The narrative of the family’s searches for Andrew has the intensity and suspense of a thriller.  As Andrew’s troubles, distant as they are, gnaw at the family fabric, Smithwick handles the agreements and disagreements, the quarrels, his own and others’ occasional pettiness, with just the right level of clear-eyed depth. He is equally fair with the laws of privacy that sometimes prevent the family from finding out what they want to know, and the balance between their rights and Andrew’s is a central problem. No one who cares about the plight of today’s veterans should miss this splendid book.”
– Pulitzer Prize winning poet Henry Taylor, past co-director of the Master of Fine Arts program at American University, and author of the newly released This Tilted World Is Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1962-2020.


Pub Date: February 7, 2023
Genre: Crime Mysteries / Suspense & Thriller
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Page Count: 272
Format: Hardcover, ebook
ISBN: 978-1-6391023-03
Price: $29.99

Q&A with Leanne Kale Sparks



For fans of suspense authors like Melinda Leigh and Lisa Gardner, EVERY MISSING GIRL is a nail-biting drama featuring a cold case gone red hot and a dynamic duo investigative team that fans of true crime and shows like CSI will love.


The stunning landscape of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are among our greatest natural treasures. But there are deadly secrets lurking in the craggy heights, and FBI Special Agent Kendall Beck and Denver Homicide Detective Adam Taylor team up to investigate a kidnapping. When Taylor’s niece, Frankie, suddenly vanishes at a local hockey rink, it’s clear that there’s a predator on the loose—and now the case has turned personal.


One discovery after another leads Beck and Taylor closer to the truth, as they close in on the devastating truth about the fates of the missing girls—and the many who came before them. Will they be able to find Frankie before it’s too late? In this thrilling story, established author Leanne Kale Sparks weaves the threads of this harrowing drama and builds the intensity to a fever pitch.


After a brief career in criminal law, Leanne Kale Sparks returned to her first love—writing about murder and mayhem starting with the first book in a trilogy, The Wrong Woman. The backdrop of this story, Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is the playground of her youth and the place which will always be home. When not writing, she and her husband spend time reading, mountain biking, and spoiling their German Shepherd, Zoe. And drinking wine. Over the years, Leanne has lived in multiple locations and now resides in Fort Worth, TX.


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“An unsparing professional-grade debut.”Kirkus Reviews

“Intense, spellbinding, and dark. The perfect suspense thriller!”—Helen Hardt, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The Wrong Woman is a twisted thriller populated by well-drawn characters you’ll want to see more of in future books from gifted author Leanne Sparks!”—Debra Webb, Amazon Charts and USA Today bestselling author

The Wrong Woman is absolutely fantastic. It’s an intense, fast-paced, dynamic thriller with a cast of characters that are authentic and compelling. FBI Agent Kendall Beck is the perfect mix: compassionate, smart, gritty, empathetic, and fierce. Readers will love her and clamor for more. An enthralling page-turner that will keep you racing through its pages, desperate for more, The Wrong Woman does not disappoint. This novel has everything: pulse-pounding thrills, riveting twists, and heart. I hope we get to see more of Agent Beck! Fans of Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner will devour this gripping read.”—Lisa Regan, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

“Sparks has outdone herself. The Wrong Woman is a page-turning, suspenseful ride from the very first sentence to the final, shocking twist.”—Melinda Leigh, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Bree Taggert series

“This is a killer of a novel. Fresh, fast, and fascinating.” —Kendra Elliot, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Mercy Kilpatrick series

“OMG WOW! The Wrong Woman by Leanne Kale Sparks is a pulse pounding read! Not for the faint hearted, this twisty and gripping crime thriller will grab you by the throat and keep you reading until the very end. An absolute #sleepstealer of a read, I loved it! Really looking forward to reading more from this author.”—Noelle Holten, author of the Maggie Jamieson series