About the Author

P.A. StaesP.A. Staes is author of the historical mystery, “The Bruges Tapestry.” The book is the first in a series featuring Detective Claire DeMaer, an art detective in modern-day Newport Beach, California, who sets off to unravel the mystery of a stolen tapestry: a story involving a young girl in 1520, and a 500-year cover-up by the Catholic Church.

Ms. Staes grew up in a 100% Flemish atmosphere in Western Illinois, where many Flemish folk emigrated in the early part of the 20th century. She was taught to revere all things Flemish. Reading was a huge part of her youth spent where summers were stifling, before air conditioning came on the scene. The only cool place in town was the book mobile, so she took all the books allowed, both for the joy of reading and air conditioning.

Prior to becoming a novelist, Ms. Staes was a nurse for 40 years, working in psychiatry, oncology and neurosurgery. Her patients supplied an endless number of interesting life stories, especially those in the psychiatric unit. Pat has a Master’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, where she intends to set a murder mystery in the near future. In the latter half of her career in nursing she worked in pharmaceutical project management. During that time she and her husband raised two sons and learned to live with earthquakes in Southern California.

To lend veracity to the story of The Bruges Tapestry, Pat traveled to the following locations to learn about tapestry; Stirling Castle in Scotland, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and, in Paris, both the Manufacture des Gobelins factory and the Cluny Museum.

Her other interests include textiles of all kinds, costume of the Renaissance period, and birds. Pat is a bluebird nest box monitor in her community. She watches nests, nestlings and hatchlings transform each week and hosts hummingbird nests in her own back yard. Her fervent desire is to write well and end her days with a dog in her lap and a latte in her hand.

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