Patton started her life the same way that many people
do; by emerging from a womb. The womb in question was
located in Queen Elizabeth hospital, Gateshead, England.
Being a Geordie, she developed an early love of alcohol,
bare legs and Newcastle United (see right).
the age of 5 she moved down south to the metropolitan
dreamland that is Hemel Hempstead. Her parents and younger
sister joined her too, as was only polite. Here she attended
school, made friends, invented playground games about
Hibernating Hedgehogs and enjoyed the glorious fashion
trends of the 1980s, such as crimped hair, shoulder pads
and bermuda shorts (see below)!
At secondary school,
Chantal achieved a number of great things. These included
coming last in a school-wide sponsored walk, getting locked
in the PE changing rooms and managing to burn chocolate and
melt a plastic bowl in a microwave during a Home Economics
class. She also managed to gain 10 GCSEs (A-C grades), take
part in 3 school productions (performances of 'The Wizard
Of Oz' and 'Our Day Out', as well as 'Dance Aid'), play in
the school Orchestra and Concert Band (as well as a brief
Flute Band and a very brief stint in the Choir), gain grade
4 flute and grade 2 piano, plus pass numerous dancing exams
in Ballet, Tap, Stage, Modern and Freestyle. But it's mostly
the plastic bowl melting that's impressive!
on in the Sixth Form and gaining A-Levels in English Literature,
Maths and Sociology, Chantal went to the University of Leeds
to study Computing. After 3 years in the northern city,
Chantal left with a BSc (hons) in Computing (see right),
as well as a music collection that had more than quadrupled
in size - a sign of a student loan well used!
moved to Stourport-on-Severn with her father and started
looking for work. During this time she listened to a lot
of Suede, dyed her hair 'plum' and posed moodily around
the house (see below, left).
After doing some
voluntary work at the Citizens Advice Bureau, Chantal nabbed
herself an admin job at the University of Worcester, which
enabled her to move into a flat in the city; living on her
own for the first time. The music collection continued to
grow at a rapid pace; credit card debts were run up and she
continued to pose about, but looked less moody (see left).
After 4 years at
the University of Worcester, Chantal moved to Cardiff, where
she had wanted to live for a long time, having gained an affinity
with Wales at the age of 9 or 10. She continued to work within
University administration, this time at UWIC.
she greatly enjoyed her time in Cardiff, she also had a desire
to see the world, so in 2010 she jetted off to New Zealand
on a year's working holiday visa (more details of which can
be found in the travel section).
The next three years were filled with a mixture of temporary
office work and travel. After New Zealand, she spent 6 months
in London where she went a bit mad and spent time flirting
with statues of Churchill (see right). Then in May
2012 she headed out to Canada, on another 1 year working holiday
Most of 2013 was
then spent on an epic travel adventure. Far too epic to include
here - you'll have to visit her travel
blog to read all about it.
She returned to
the UK at the end of 2013 and returned to Cardiff in March
2014. She is looking forward to staying in one place for a
while and spending more time on her writing.