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I was born in 1948 in Melbourne, Australia and left to travel at 19.

As a young adult, I sailed up the Nile, worked in Berlin during the closing of the Berlin Wall, met Mohammed the 5th of Morocco in the Sahara Desert, traveled through Alaska in winter in a sports car, fell in love with a Spanish matador, married in Jamaica, hitch-hiked with my one-year-old daughter around Japan and Korea just after the Korean War, and became stranded on the Niagara Falls Bridge without a passport.

During my life I traveled to many countries including Cuba where I was the first resident of New South Wales to be given a visa for Cuba. My love of travel has continued as I has travelled to over 50 countries. 

My first work to be published was in 1981 under the pseudonym of Judy Bernard-Waite with The Riddle of the Trumpalar which was written with Judy Nunn and Fiona Waite. In 1983 I wrote her first solo book, We Are Tam, and in 1986 I, along with Nunn and Waite, wrote the sequel to The Riddle of the Trumpalar, entitled Challenge of the Trumpalar.

From 1988 to 1999 I wrote six more novels including The Outcast Trilogy and one piece of short-fiction which was featured in an anthology edited by Paul Collins.

Book one of The Outcast Trilogy, The Outcast was a short-list nominee for the 1997 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel. 

I have since published a total of 78 books.

Hand Drawing is run by Patricia's granddaughter Celeste out of her love for literature and her grandmother.

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