Cast Spotlight: Dawn Patton

by stephaniejankowski on March 19, 2015

Dawn Patton is a professional writer from Pittsburgh. She is also a faithful daughter, a fantastic wife, and a rather hapless parent. Married to Dan LTYM_Dawn blogMangine, mother to Gabriel (stillborn in 2003); Flora, 10; Kate, 8; and Michael, 4. She’s doing the best she can with what she’s got.

We’re fortunate in that Dawn is a fellow blogger because we can get our grubby mitts on her writing whenever we want! She writes at Red Pen Mama, and has been doing so for eight years. It’s called Red Pen Mama because at the time she started her blog, she was a freelance copy editor and writer. Red pen is what one uses to edit. So many can relate to the reason why Dawn started Red Pen Mama: “writing and social media pretty much saved my sanity and my life (and probably my marriage and children as well).”


Now for some Q&A fun with Dawn!


How did you discover LTYM?

I follow an ex-pat Pittsburgher who now lives and works and writes and mothers in Chicago. Kim Z. Dale, whom I met at Duquesne University when we were both in the Red Masquers theater group, made me want to bring Listen to Your Mother to Pittsburgh, and/or write an essay to audition for the show. I was spared the heavy lifting when Jen, Amanda, and Steph brought it here instead.

Writing my essay and auditioning was one of my uber-list goals for 2015. I tried out on my birthday, when all good things happen (because it’s my birthday!). Getting cast in the show was an unexpected thrill.


What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
A long time ago, I wrote some great stuff for City Paper, but very little of it got online. My winery article was probably my favorite story that I ever wrote.

I wrote some really good poetry. Again, published on paper, but not online.

But I’ve also written some powerful (so say I) pieces for my blog. Warning, some sad reading ahead.
Open Letter to a Babyloss Mother: Part I, Grief
Open Letter to a Babyloss Mother: Part II, About Babies
Open Letter to a Babyloss Mother: Part III, Don’t You Worry About Me


What do you wish most for your children?

I wish most for my children that they be successful and responsible adults. I wish that they are loved, and love others. I wish that they are kind to other people and true to themselves. I think happiness will follow.


Dawn will blow your hair back with her Listen To Your Mother performance. We’ll see you on May 8th, right?!

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