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Multi-Award-Winning Author

Patty Wain Smith

About the Author​

Winner of multiple book awards, speaker, and survivor Patty Wain Smith created the family violence prevention program at her ELCA church, and has worked as a hotline counselor for Parents Anonymous and Citizens Against Spouse Abuse. Patty is a speaker with the Family Justice Center of GHC Speakers Bureau. She's appeared on Carolina and Company Live television and on radio.

Her first book, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America, won the 2022 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medal, the 2020 Writer's Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention, three 2019 International Book Awards Finalists, and the 2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medal.

Her studies in psychology at the University of South Carolina earned her membership in the Psi Chi International Honor Society as well as graduate coursework in counseling at Webster University. Her other professional memberships include the South Carolina Writers Association and the Authors Guild. Patty is a domestic abuse survivor, an experienced child development specialist and educational consultant, and a lifetime advocate for children.

2022 Illumination Book Awards Enduring Light Silver Medalist for Christian Thought.

2020 Writer's Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention Winner for Inspirational

2019 International Book Awards Finalist
Best New Non-Fiction 
Self-Help: Relationships
Health: Women’s Health

2019 Living Now Book Awards Bronze Medalist for Relationships/Marriage

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