Patrick A. Roland
Patrick A. Roland is an award-winning journalist, author and editor with twenty-one years of mainstream media, specialty publication, corporate and public relations experience. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona and he celebrates his status as a bi-polar, ex-drug addict, former alcoholic widow because he is now sober, happy and healthy. He hopes that by sharing his experiences and strength with others, they will find hope in the way that he did.
When he isn't writing books such as his excellent autobiography Unpacked Sparkle, Patrick spends his time campaigning to raise awareness of drug addiction, alcoholism and mental illness. He is also a strong advocate for equal rights, civil liberties and LGBT rights.
Patrick regularly takes part in conventions, workshops and presentations, where he speaks passionately about coping with grief, overcoming drug addiction and alcoholism, and dealing with mental illness.
UNPACKED SPARKLE - A Story of Grief and Recovery
Unpacked Sparkle - A Story of Grief and Recovery chronicles Patrick Roland’s transformative journey upon finding his partner, Pack, dead in January 2017. The journey begins on the day of the funeral which he was not allowed to attend by Pack’s homophobic family, and details a nearly two-year journey back to a now thriving, joy-filled life.
This story discusses addiction and recovery from it, grief and the journey to the acceptance, the family dynamics and DNA that resulted in a life-saving bi-polar diagnosis, and the importance of civil rights and marriage equality.
This miraculous journey is threaded together by a tapestry of amazing friends who helped Patrick find his way back to happiness, where he continues putting his hand out to other in search of their own sparkle.
The author hopes that by sharing his experience and strength with readers, they will find hope. He believes everyone deserves to sparkle. Let’s take this journey together so you can unpack yours.
THE SPARKLE KING
In 2014, Patrick lost his partner, Pack, suddenly and without warning. As he struggled to come to terms with this, he was faced with homophobic prejudice from his partner's family. In horrendous emotional pain and feeling desperately lonely and depressed, he started to use recreational drugs heavily and hit rock-bottom whilst on a trip to Las Vegas.
After being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and getting clean from drugs and alcohol, Patrick thought his fight was over. However, this was not the case. Life had many other obstacles in store for him but this time, he knew how to be strong and he knew he had God on his side for support.
This inspiring and emotive true story shows how anyone can overcome the hurdles life presents them with, if they just have faith and focus on their inner strengths.
SPARKLE ON! - An Unpacked Sparkle Children's Book
Sparkle On! is an innovative children's book by Patrick A. Roland. Dealing with the sensitive subject of bullying in a unique and inspiring way, Sparkle On! offers children hope and understanding at one of the hardest times of their lives. In addition to this, Patrick's excellent storytelling abilities ensure that the book is entertaining and fun, and that children everywhere can easily identify with Sparkle, the leading character.
Have you ever dealt with bullying or hate at school for being different? So has Sparkle. The bullies at this special gecko’s school constantly tease him and even throw rocks at him for being unique. But Sparkle has a secret weapon - his mother has taught him to love himself exactly as he is; and he is able to take the pain of being bullied and find power - and new popularity - in fighting that hate with love.
Patrick's new novel, The Sparkle King, is the brilliant follow-up to his first book, Unpacked Sparkle. It is a powerful true story of one man's battle against grief, mental illness, prejudice and addiction.
The Sparkle King was released on the 26th March 2019
Patrick has no forthcoming book signings at this time. If you would like to book Patrick for a book signing, literary festival, or spoken word event, then please visit our Contacts page.
Patrick is an accustomed and professional public speaker and is available to speak on subjects he considers close to his heart such as addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, grief, LGBT rights, civil liberties and writing.
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Workshops and Webinars
Patrick has no upcoming Workshops or webinars at this time. If you would like Patrick to hold a workshop or webinar regarding overcoming drug addiction, mental illness, grief or homophobia, please visit our Contacts page.
I didn't choose to be bi-polar.
I didn't choose to be a drug addict.
I certainly didn't choose to be a widow.
But I did choose to Sparkle! - Patrick A. Roland
Patrick A. Roland is signed to Wallace Publishing. Wallace Publishing is a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom that specialises in genre fiction and autobiographical non-fiction. Wallace Publishing can be found at www.wallacepublishing.co.uk.