Patricia Rockwell has spent most of her life teaching.  From small liberal arts colleges to large regional research universities-and even a brief stint in a high school, her background in education is extensive.  She has taught virtually everything related to Communication-from a fine arts speech-theatre orientation to more recently a social science research approach.  Her Bachelors' and Masters' degrees are from the University of Nebraska in Speech and her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona in Communication.  She was on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for thirteen years, retiring in 2007.  Her publications are extensive, with over 20 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals, several textbooks, and a research book on her major interest area of sarcasm, published by Edwin Mellen Press. Her research focuses primarily on several areas of communication:  deception, sarcasm, and vocal cues.  

Dr. Rockwell is presently living in Aurora, Illinois, with her husband Milt, also a retired educator. The couple have two adult children. SOUNDS OF MURDER is her first novel in her Pamela Barnes Acoustic mystery series. This series also includes FM FOR MURDER, VOICE MAIL MURDER, and MURDER IN THE ROUND. She also writes the Essie Cobb senior sleuth mysteries, including BINGOED, PAPOOSED, GHOSTED, VALENTINED, and the forthcoming FIRECRACKERED.

All books from both series are available in print and ebook formats on Amazon. Print versions are $14.95 each and ebooks are $2.99.

Dr. Rockwell is founder and publisher at Cozy Cat Press, a small independent publishing house that specializes in cozy mysteries. The company has over 40 authors with over 120 book titles. Visit the CCP website at:

If you like the background image on the above profile, it is an actual segment from an acoustic profile of a human voice (colorized, of course).
  • Aurora, Illinois
  • JoinedDecember 18, 2010

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