Life on the Road Inspires Leary

Life on the Road Inspires Leary

Wessling, Susan

Former professional ice skater Patrice Leary has released her second novel, Flight of Lyons (AuthorHouse, 2004). The novel is a mystery and uses the world of figure skating as a backdrop. “I decided to try my hand at mystery novels,” Leary said. “It isn’t an ice skating book. It is a novel; it has murder, intrigue and suspense.”

Leary grew up in the world of professional ice skating. A skater in Sonja Henie’s movies, Leary’s mother Wilma, and her father, Ed, raised four children on the road. Traveling with Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice, Patrice Leary began performing at the age of five. She later performed as a solo and pairs skater. The highlight of her career was starring at Radio City Music Hall twice. “It was the pinnacle of performance venues,” Leary said.

After retiring from skating, Leary formed a company, Leary Productions, with family members. She also directed and produced touring ice shows. Leary Productions now organizes ice skating shows and leases portable rinks worldwide.

Her first book, Dire Crossing (AuthorHouse), released early this year, is also set in the world of skating. – SUSAN WESSLING

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