Patricia C. Wrede

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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started 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 first novel, 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 this time.

Patricia received her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1977.
She worked for several years as a financial analyst and accountant, first with the Minnesota Hospital Association, then with B. Dalton Booksellers, and finally at the Dayton Hudson Corporation headquarter
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Patricia C. Wrede I'm currently working on an entirely new book with the working title "The Dark Lord's Daughter." The main character grew up in our world, and is quite…moreI'm currently working on an entirely new book with the working title "The Dark Lord's Daughter." The main character grew up in our world, and is quite surprised and taken aback when her biological father's people show up and want her to rebuild his crumbling empire. It's still very much in process, and I don't have a publication date yet.(less)
Patricia C. Wrede SORCERY AND CECELIA, hands down. It started as a game - Caroline and Even near the end, it was more a general sense that the characters' adventures we…moreSORCERY AND CECELIA, hands down. It started as a game - Caroline and Even near the end, it was more a general sense that the characters' adventures were coming to a close and we needed to start wrapping up loose ends than it was a definite "This is nearly the end of a book." We didn't actually decide it was a book until we'd finished the game and started looking at the huge pile of letters we'd accumulated.

What that meant, for both of us, I think, is that while we were writing the letters, we both felt we had complete freedom to just throw in something off-the-wall, without worrying about how it fit into the plot or where the story was going. I've played other letter games that petered out in the middle (though at least one generated a character that the author pulled out and used in a novel); this was the only one that had enough plot and underlying structure to end up a novel without a ton of additional work.

We did need to make some revisions, of course. I believe we rearranged a couple of letters to make the timing of events work better, and then each wrote one more to make the changes fit, but we didn't have to mess with the actual plot or the contents of the letters much.

So yes, SORCERY AND CECELIA was definitely the most fun, because it was a game. Also, I only had to write half of it. (less)
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“Well,” said the frog, “what are you going to do about it?”

“Marrying Therandil? I don’t know. I’ve tried talking to my parents, but they won’t listen, and neither will Therandil.”

“I didn’t ask what you’d said about it,” the frog snapped. “I asked what you’re going to do. Nine times out of ten, talking is a way of avoiding doing things.”
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