Professional Writing and Editing

Patti McKenna Resume

Patricia McKenna

914 North Vaughn Drive

Kankakee, IL  60901


Phone:  815-263-5017

 Professional Writer, Ghostwriter, and Editor


 November, 2002, to Present: Writer, Editor, and Ghostwriter. Specialties include ghostwriting non-fiction, self-help, personal and professional development, inspirational/motivational books, and memoirs and biographies. Strong in grammar, composition, flow, narration, and dialogue, as well as spelling and punctuation.  Significant experience editing and writing legal, medical, and employment books, articles, and journals. Published works include my book, Children Should Come With Warning Labels, released by Urban Edge Publishing in 2009. I also co-authored Voices of Breast Cancer, which was released by LaChance Publishing, New York, in October 2007. Ghostwritten books have been accepted by John Wiley and Sons, Sterling, Simon and Schuster and Morgan James Publishing Companies, as well as several literary agencies. Writing under my name has been featured on three PBS (CBS affiliate) broadcasts. I’ve been interviewed on Chicago’s WGN talk radio and in nationally circulated newspapers. Clients include:

  • Bill Bartmann, one of Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans, named “National Entrepreneur of the Year” (Twice) by USA Today, NASDAQ, Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The Kauffman Foundation
  •  David Corbin, Author Bestselling Business Book: Illuminate: Harnessing the Positive Power of Negative Thinking, Wiley and Sons.
  • Greg S. Reid, CEO of WISH Entertainment, Creator of Pass It On!
  • Machen MacDonald, creator of the Power of Coaching book series
  • and
  • Catherine Garceau, 2002 Olympic medalist
  • Ruben Gonzalez, 1988, 1992, 2002 Olympian, currently training for 2010 Olympics
  • Ghostwriter/Editor for America’s most requested hypnotist and motivational speaker (name withheld to honor confidentiality agreement)
  • Elaine Hendrix, actress, star of What the Bleep Do We Know, Parent Trap, Inspector Gadget 2, etc.
  • Emil Pinnoch, actor and producer
  • Tate Barkley, Attorney
  • Spencer Longmore, actor
  • William Hinsch, Visual Communicator and Artist
  • Ryan Blair, NY Times Forty Under 40, Entrepreneur and founder of PathConnect
  • Mark Heerema, Motivational Speaker and author of the Better Your Best series
  • Michael Griswold, Real Estate Investor
  • Her Life magazine, Kansas City
  • The Illinois Teacher and Principal Quarterly
  • Smart Woman Chicago magazine
  • Ladies of Country Music magazine
  • Advertising and web copy for brands and companies

Editing, Layout, and Typography of The Power of Coaching and The Power of Mentorship book series, as well as many independent titles. Experienced with ornaments, borders, dividers, etc., to produce an attractive layout and design. 

September, 1993 to November, 2002: Assistant Division Chair, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL.  Duties included assisting Chair with schedules, evaluations, writing course and curriculum material, objectives, and goals for ten full-time faculty members and approximately thirty adjunct faculty members.  I was also an adjunct faculty member for six years for the Technology Division. In addition, I coordinated the Tech Prep program, working with high school and college students to prepare them for success in vocational and technical certificates and degrees.

November, 1986 to September, 1993: Executive Secretary II, State of Illinois, Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

November, 1978 to November, 1986. Legal Secretary for Honorable Patrick Burns, Circuit Judge, and Nutting, Thacker, and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Kankakee, Illinois.


Strong command of the English language, including spelling, punctuation, verb usage and tense, composition, and flow.  

Knowledge of legal and medical terminology and contracts.

Creativity in conceptualizing and organizing thoughts and facts to produce interesting, emotional, and suspenseful writing.  

Ability to adapt my writing and tone to another author’s style.

Dependable and conscientious with a strong adherence to deadlines and timeframes.

Strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, and Quattro Pro. 


  •  Reading
  • Published songwriter/lyricist
  • Golf
  • Gardening

Meeting new people, expanding my horizons, and learning.


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