Patricia Shannon Patricia worked as a lifestyle editor for more than a decade before embarking on her freelance writing career in early 2022. She now enjoys working for a number of publications where she focuses on topics ranging from cleaning, gardening, and decorating to food, floral arranging, and fashion. As a regular contributor for Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, and Coastal Living, Patricia delights in delivering engaging, service-oriented content to readers. Patricia holds a bachelor of journalism, and a minor in English writing from the University of Central Florida.Patricia Shannon started her professional career as an assistant editor/producer for Cooking Light magazine. While at Cooking Light, she also contributed digital content for sister brands MyRecipes.com, MyHomeIdeas.com, and Real Simple.Patricia eventually took a role with Southern Living magazine where her love of home, garden, etiquette, and beauty content flourished. As senior editor, she oversaw lifestyle content for the digital brand, while also heading up beauty content for print.As a freelance writer, Patricia continues to find compelling ways to deliver service-oriented copy that drives reader engagement and provides the most factual and up-to-date information. About Better Homes & Gardens Better Homes & Gardens, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is the only iconic home brand with a 100+ year history of providing trustworthy and achievable ideas for all doers and home-enthusiasts. We are the go-to resource for fresh takes on home, food, and gardening—inspiring people to bring their dreams to life at home on special occasions and every day. BHG reaches 45 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process.