Meet Minnesota Author Pat Dennis

Meet Minnesota Author Pat Dennis

Pat Dennis is an award-winning author whose work appear in magazines such as Minnesota Public Radio’s Minnesota Monthly, Woman’s World and the Pioneer Press. She is the author of numerous novels and short stories published in various anthologies. Pat worked as a stand-up comedian for over twenty years with over one thousand performances at comedy clubs, Fortune 500 companies, women’s expos, and special events. She has appeared at the same venues as Lewis Black, Phyllis Diller, and David Brenner. Pat is known for her wacky and often twisted view on life.

Some of her books include:

The series includes the "Murder by Chance" (set in Minnesota), "Killed by Chance" (set in Mississippi) "Dead by Chance" (set in Deadwood, South Dakota), and " Vegas by Chance"(set in Las Vegas.) 
Book One "Murder By Chance"
Synopsis: At fifty, Betty is unemployed, divorced and penniless after her husband left her for a fatter, older woman. But with her stunningly beautiful niece Lori, she opens Take A Chance Tours, specializing in gaming junkets. The perky, effervescent, and ex-con tour bus driver Tillie adds to the fun of discovering not only jackpots at every casino but a dead body or two. Betty puts her amateur sleuth skills to work to solve the mystery. 


Pat Dennis created and wrote this fun coloring book for reluctant adults "Kill Me! My Husband’s Retired". 
Synopsis:Twenty tongue-in-cheek, stress-relieving, single-sided pages to color, rip out and crumple into a ball, stomp on...whatever you need to do to relieve your stress now that your husband is retired.

"FAT OLD WOMAN IN LAS VEGAS: Gambling, Dieting and Wicked Fun"

Synopsis: Pat’s ability to takes an honest and often hilarious look at aging, declining health, out-of-control gambling and a myriad of neuroses, make this an inspiring, funny and enjoyable read. After fighting off physical indignities that would keep a lesser woman in her recliner, she sets out on a solo journey by car, train and Greyhound bus, to experience the loves of her life—Las Vegas, gambling and all-you-can eat buffets.

Pat can be found these days hiding in her basement until the pandemic is over, working on her website In fact, her latest short story, "Snackers" concerns our new normal we face today. The story will be released shortly and Pat will announce the day of its publication on her Facebook page ( and/ or at

Send your email address to and Pat will add your name to her sporadic newsletter for updates. All of Pat Dennis's books and short stories can be purchased through Once Upon A Crime independent bookstore in Minneapolis or online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Northwoods Art and Book Festival 2018
(little known fact Pat has been a participant at every NAC Art and Book Festival since it started) 
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