Patricia Selbert

patricia-selbert-2015-colorPatricia Selbert is a lecturer and novelist. In The House of Six Doors, she shares an inspiring journey of immigration from the Caribbean islands to California. Based on her own life experiences, her story speaks to the relationships and struggles that arise from the immigrant experience.

Patricia’s life has been rooted in multiple cultures from the beginning. Born to Dutch parents in the jungles of Venezuela, she grew up on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao before finally moving to the United States in the 1970s. She is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, Papiamentu and English, and her unique heritage finds expression in her passion for bright colors, delicious flavors, and the ocean. Patricia now makes her home in Santa Barbara, CA, cradled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and three dogs.

Apart from her writing, Patricia has trained and shown horses for twenty-seven years. She has competed in show jumping and three-day eventing at the national level and in dressage at the international level, representing the Netherlands Antilles at the Pan American and World Equestrian Games.

The years of training horses, her background as an immigrant, and the writing of her novel, inspired her to pursue a PhD in depth psychology with an emphasis on somatic studies.

Patricia’s specific interest lies in the sensory somatic and sensory emotional aspects of immigration.

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