Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road is a unique and ambitious contribution to the annals of the literary memoir genre. It tells the story of a Washington, D.C. journalist-turned-lobbyist who struggles with the legacy of a dysfunctional family history and heads out on a five-week cross-country U.S. road trip, engaging with creative and generous individuals who trigger in the author a yearning to pursue an authentic and creative art-committed life. It was published by Black Rose Writing in October 2014.

I have reverted the publishing rights from Black Rose back to myself and the book is currently out of print. However, I am offering for sale signed print copies of the book at discount via Amazon

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Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is a wonderful, triumphant book! I love the portraits of the people and places, both of which come alive as the book builds to a vivid crescendo. Patrick Ross is a skilled literary journalist.” — Sara Mansfield Taber, award-winning author of Born Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold-War Spy’s Daughter



“A writer of tremendous skill, Patrick witnesses the world with the focused eye of a seasoned journalist, but he also understands the duality of journey, the external and internal levels that caravan in any good road-trip narrative. Simply put, Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is a wonderful book.” — Sascha Feinstein, award-winning author of the memoir Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year



Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road is a highly original work twining a cross-country road trip to the narrator’s search for his muse. It is a testament to the author’s skill that each strand is clear in and of itself, even as all the strands coalesce into a very satisfying whole.” — Sue William Silverman, award-winning author of the memoirs Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You, Lovesick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew and the acclaimed craft book Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir



"I found myself underlining certain responses because they spoke to me and my own life as an artist... Ross has created a book every artist needs to read." Amazon review by novelist Jeanne Lyet Gassman, April 18, 2015


Patrick Ross’ memoir is one of the most original books on this list.... An inspiring work for anyone that struggles with their creative muse." Andrew Tate, "40 Books to Unlock Your Creativity and Get You Started on Your Life's Best Work," March 18, 2015


This was the perfect book to start out the new year with creative enthusiasm!" Goodreads review by creative writer Melissa Crytzer Fry, January 12, 2015


"I had to read the beautiful ending of Section Three dozens of times; some portions of the story called out to inner parts of me or my history and I took time to reflect on those." Blog review by musician and poet Stan Stewart, January 11, 2015.


"I found myself drawn into his compelling descriptions." Amazon review by writer and actress Shelley Walden, January 5, 2015


"Patrick is not afraid to dig deep into his soul and allow the reader to feel his pain along with him. But at the same time this is never done in a self-pitying or self-absorbed way.. In a memoir, it takes a skilled writer to achieve that balance, and Patrick succeeds admirably." Goodreads review by Wendy Christopher, January 2, 2015


"There’s some hilarity along Ross’s journey, it isn’t all grim introspection. There’s a visit to a Hormel Spam museum, as well as run-ins with interesting characters who weren’t on the agenda: a lonely millionaire, hookers, and the gracious people you bump into crossing heartland America." Blog review by fiction writer and book reviewer Cynthia Robertson, January 4, 2015


"Ross's unique approach to the memoir offers the creative insights of dozens of artists." Goodreads review by novelist and blogger K.M. Weiland, December 13, 2014


"Patrick’s beautifully crafted writing takes us along for the ride with extraordinary and humbling honesty. " Blog review by visual artist and writer Michelle Hendry, December 2, 2014


"This personal story is written as well as any page-turning novel." review by creative writer and instructor Donna Marie, December 1, 2014


"Patrick’s writing is mesmerizing, so rich on detail, I feel I am riding shotgun as he careens through the country." 5-Star review by memoirist Kathleen Pooler, November 26, 2014


"The book is just wonderful.  It is a brave piece of writing and also a fascinating, meaningful one." Review by novelist Charlotte Rains Dixon on WordStrumpet, November 18, 2014


"I can't recommend this book enough." Review by creativity consultant Melanie Sklarz on Dose of Creativity, November 12, 2014


"Ross delivers with clean, entertaining prose." 5-Star Goodreads review by author Jessica McCann, November 11, 2014


"This is a book that will make you cry for its honesty." 5-Star review by author PJ Reece, November 10, 2014


"Honest. Brave. Poignant." 5-Star review by memoirist Melissa Cronin, October 30, 2014


"Beautifully written, with rich metaphors [and] a tangible sense of place(s)..." 5-Star review by creativity expert Jayme Cellitioci, October 25, 2014


"Committed, a Memoir of the Artist's Road... is unique, courageous, sensitive and highly worth reading." Goodreads review by Esther Bradley-DeTally, October 21, 2014


"This book has something every creative can relate to, the personal journey--and sometimes battle--we face to enbrace our creative interests." Multimedia "whiteboard" review of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road by Carrie Brummer on, October 20, 2014


"Interwoven like the threads of a fine fabric, Patrick’s personal story meshes with the stories he tells of the people he met on this journey... Patrick’s writing style is moving, soothing, and rich in tone." Review of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road on Sherrey Meyer, Writer, October 16, 2014







A two-part interview with the author on Memoir Writer's Journey (Part One and Part Two), January 12, 2015


By the author: "5 Lessons on Creativity from Accomplished Creatives," The Loft Literary Center Writer's Block blog, December 10, 2014


By the author: "When a Memoir Reads Like a Novel," Cynthia Robertson blog, December 8, 2014


A discussion of Committed and the broader topic of mental illness on WGBH Boston, November 19, 2014


An interview with the author on WordStrumpet, November 18, 2014


A collection of photos from the road trip paired with excerpts from Committed, What I Saw..., November 16, 2014


A profile of Patrick Ross in The New York Times, November 14, 2014


By the author: "Are Your Characters Talking Too Much?" Helping Writers Become Authors, November 14, 2014


An interview with the author on Dose of Creativity, November 12, 2014


By the author: "Allowing Your Book To Be True To Itself," Elizabeth Spann Craig blog, November 3, 2014


By the author: "5 Keys To Writing About Others In Your Life," The Loft Literary Center Writer's Block blog, October 31, 2014


Radio interview/podcast and book review by 94.9 FM Boise: The River DJ Rochelle Smith, October 6, 2014


An author interview by Sheila R. Lamb, September 29, 2014


A short and unconventional biography in the Black Rose Writing newsletter, August 14, 2014






A reading from Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road                                    A compilation of outtakes from across the United States

                   December 9, 2014, Alexandria, Virginia                                                      filmed on the cross-country trip depicted in Committed