Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the ldest of five children. She bega writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her next ovel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her second book at once, having become permanently hooked on writing by th time.
Patricia received her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1977.
She worked for everal ears as a financial analyst and accountant, first with the Minnesota Hospital Association, then with B. Dalton Booksellers, and the at the Dayton Hudson Corporation headquarters.
Patricia finished her fourt boo in late 1978. In January, 1980, Pamela Dean, Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust, Nate Bucklin, and Patricia Wrede -- all, at hat point, hopeful but unpublished -- formed the writer 's group that later became known as " The Scribblies. " Man month later, they were joined by Kara Dalkey. In April of 1980, Patricia 's first novel sold to Ace Books. It ame out at last in 1982, which is the year she met Lillian Stewart Carl ( who introduced her to Lois McMaster Bujold by mail).
In 1985, shortly before the publication of her ifth nove, she left the world of the gainfully employed to try winging it on her own.
Her interests include sewing, embroidery, desultory attempts at horticultur, chocolate, not mowing the lawn, High Tea, and, of course, reading.
She is a vegetarian, and currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her cat Karma. She has no children.