About the Author



No Pistol Tastes the Same


Adult Suspense/Military/PTSD Ficiton

(Raw, Gritty, Moving, Redemption)

“A true literary triumph.” -Indies Today

“Poetic, gritty, sharp…shows jaw-dropping talent.” -Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“A visceral novel of wartime, recovery, and healing. Both a slow burn and a grenade blast, the prose spills a relentless tale of hard choices, unforgiving duty, and the depths of utter desperation.” -Self-Publishing Review



Jacob Paul Patchen is an award-winning author and poet of various genres and age groups. He writes children’s, teen, young adult, and adult fiction. His books often reflect on real-life experiences, examine what makes us who we are, and inspire good intentions. For Jacob, every book has a purpose.

Jacob was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio, where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. Patchen earns his inspiration through experience, where he writes about the things that built him: Love, Family, War, and Learning things the hard way.

Patchen started writing poetry at the age of 12, soon after his parents divorced. He continued writing through high school in the back of his notebooks during class and relied on poetry as a way to understand the world around him. Jacob enlisted into the Marine Corps. infantry in 2003 and deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in 2005. After his return, armed with a newly chiseled perspective on life, he enrolled at Muskingum University where he studied Creative Writing (and procrastination).

Currently, Jacob continues to sharpen his craft while working at Muskingum University. Although he no longer hides in trees, he still holds onto his youthful spirit, stubborn ways, and desire to make people feel.


At Daddy’s Hands

YA Fiction Suspense/Psych. Thriller

(Stirring, Chilling, Suspenseful, Courageous)

“… a discerning, empathetic look at intergenerational child abuse, aimed at waking up readers from all walks of life.” –IndieReader

“… a riveting fictional story exploring the dark subject of child incestuous abuse that plagues families at all levels of society.” –Authors Reading

A beautifully written story with powerful lessons.” -Readers’ Favorite


Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend

Teen/YA Fiction Suspense/Dystopian/Coming of Age

(Engaging, Thrilling, Funny, Thoughtful)

“An electrifying narrative that left me breathless.” -Readers’ Favorite

“A multilayered YA war story with a serious edge, but enough lightness for an occasional laugh, for an original and compelling work of dystopian fiction.” -SPR

“My daughter loved this book! She’s a big James Patterson fan and said this book is just as good as one of his. We highly recommend this book.” -Amazon Customer


Words That Matter: FAMILY

Children’s Picture Book Series (Book 1/10)

(Colorful, Fun, Entertaining, Learning Tool)

“This attractive picture book is adorable and would easily appeal to all younger girls and boys alike.” -LK

“I would definitely recommend this entertaining book to all with young children.” -LK


We Fight.

We Love.

We Devour.

Poetry and Prose

(Raw, Jagged, Confessional)

“This book is so full of emotions…I love the images…I felt the sadness, the terror, the memories that still haunt you.” -Amazon Customer


Of Love and War


(Intense, Honest, Philosophical, Brave)

“I love this. It’s a reminder to all of the sacrifices those who have served went through and continue to go through daily. Their battle isn’t over once they come back onto American Soil. It’s an everyday battle. Thank you Jacob for letting us view the real and the raw.” – A. Ellis

“Loved reading these poems. They really touched me and gave me insight on feelings of those who have gone through such tragedies like war.” – S. Bright


Life Lessons from Grandpa and His Chicken Coop:

A Playful Journey Through Some Serious Sh*t

Creative Nonfiction

(Funny, Witty, Inspirational, Full of Love)

“Riveting, hilarious, thought-provoking, inspiring and heart-wrenching.” – Liz

“This author kills it with a witty and all around outstanding book. Six out of five stars.” – Amazon Customer


Talking S.H.I.T.

Social, Humorous, and Inspirational Thoughts

Creative Nonfiction

(Funny, Inspiring, Real, Honest, Insightful)

“Patchen’s raw, philosophical, humorous, and entertaining view into social issues and societal mishaps is a breath of fresh air for an audience who is suffocating from the pressures of fabricated lives that reside in the land of social media.” – Nicole

“This book was easy to read and kept my interest. I felt like the author was sitting and having a conversation with me. I enjoyed the light-hearted humor, honesty, and the author’s look on life. Would recommend this book.” – Amazon Customer




No Pistol Tastes the Same

YA Fiction:

At Daddy’s Hands [Black Rose Writing, 2019]

MG Fiction: 

Sheltered: When a Boy Becomes a Legend [2021]

Children’s Fiction:

Words That Matter [TouchPoint Press, 2021]


We Fight. We Love. We Devour. [2021]

Of Love and War (Adelaide Books, 2018)

Creative Nonfiction:

Life Lessons from Grandpa and his Chicken Coop [Createspace, 2015]

Talking S.H.I.T. (Social, Humorous, and Inspirational Thoughts) [Createspace, 2017]