An author, columnist and blogger,
PATTIANNA HAROOTIAN recently completed the historical fiction novel, My Grandmother’s Tattoo, which was inspired by her grandmother, an Armenian Genocide survivor. It is being released on April 24, 2015, the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Pattianna is passionate about her writing making a difference, and she is hopeful that this book will bring about more awareness of this tragic period in history.
Pattianna is a columnist for the Daily Times and
Chronicle, the local newspaper of her hometown of Reading, Massachusetts. She is also a contributing blog writer for the company Xcel IQ, does freelance writing for numerous publications and regularly posts blogs through social media.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a member of the Sociology Honor Society with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. After graduating, she gave a year of service through the Vincentian Service Corps and taught Art and Physical Education to inner city children in southeast Washington, D.C. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Education and taught high school English and Drama in south Los Angeles.
While pregnant with her first child, Pattianna became interested in health and nutrition and received certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is passionate about educating others about healthy living and has written several articles about the topic.
One of the things Pattianna is most proud of is the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization she founded and was president of for seven years, KnockOuts For Girls (KO4G). After boxing competitively she was inspired to share with others the empowerment she gained from her experiences training and in the ring. KnockOuts For Girls used the discipline of boxing to build self-esteem, develop confidence, promote physical fitness and empower girls, teens, women and those facing challenges in their communities. As well, KO4G put on boxing events to raise money for its many programs, including free boxing lessons. Initially KO4G’s many volunteers gave boxing lessons to girls all over Los Angeles, but word spread and they were soon giving lessons to senior citizens, children with special needs, foster children, women at homeless shelters, children living with HIV, girls at a school for the blind and many others. As well, the charity grew quickly, opening chapters in Orange County, San Diego and Phoenix, Arizona. It was with a very heavy heart that Pattianna stepped down as president to focus more on her writing and growing family.
Pattianna is married to her best friend, and her most rewarding role in life is being a mother to her two beautiful boys.