artist & author

Patricia Missler

Growing up in a small South Texas border town, Patricia Alarcón Missler is a first generation Mexican American. Her early influences were her parents and extended family. Her parents were artistically inclined and passed on their appreciation of beauty. They instilled in her a deep respect for her cultural roots.

Missler graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in sociology and a minor in English. She worked for many years as a social worker before moving to Hawaii.

In Hawaii, Patricia immersed herself in all things artistic, including painting and writing. It was there, where her creative nature flourished, studying diverse forms, mediums, and techniques in art. Over the years of study, she developed her own sense of style and her work continues to evolve.

For many years she gathered with like-minded writers at the Daifukuji Soto Mission in Honalo, HI. These focused writing sessions followed the technique of American author, Natalie Goldberg, of Writing Down the Bones fame.

While still living in Hawaii, Patricia wrote and in 2014 first published her memoir titled, Pink Elephants and Chocolate Éclairs, Memoir of a Border Town Chica (girl).

“It has always felt natural to write about my feelings and thoughts. I have more stories and poems I hope to publish in the future.”

“A life changing move to the PNW has presented many opportunities in the literary and art scene. It is an exciting time of reinvention, enabling me to expand the vision of my own artist’s journey. The literary support in my community prompted this revised edition of my memoir. It now comes to you, a decade later, with a makeover. It has been aptly renamed, Border Town Chica, A Memoir. The title change is more reflective of the stories within. The redesigned book cover is fresh, energized, and artistic. There is also a new bonus short story completing the transformation.”