Patricia C. Wrede's coat closet, with art created by her sister. Just another magical world to find yourself in.

Patricia C. Wrede: YA, Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi

"Writing is imperfect telepathy." 

Part of the Oz collection in Patricia's library.

Patricia getting the pad out to snatch a few minutes of writing time.

Lyra Series *
Caught in Crystal (1987)
The Raven Ring (1994)
Shadow Magic (1982)
Daughter of Witches (1983)
The Harp of Imach Thyssel (1985)

The Enchanted Forest Series
Dealing with Dragons (1990)
Searching for Dragons (1991)
Calling on Dragons (1993)
Talking to Dragons (1985)**

Kate & Cecelia Series (with Caroline Stevermer)
Sorcery and Cecelia (1988)
The Grand Tour (2004)
The Mislaid Magician (2006)

Mairelon the Magician Series
Mairelon the Magician (1991)
The Magician's Ward (1997)

A Matter of Magic (2010 - omnibus edition)

Frontier Magic
Thirteenth Child (2009)
Across the Great Barrier (2011)
The Far West (2012)

Other Novels
The Seven Towers (1984)
Snow White and Rose Red (1989)
The Book of Enchantments (1996)

Middle-School Novelizations
Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars, Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Ms. Wrede also has stories in various collections.

* Lyra is a place that can be visited in any order. However, this is the author's recommended sequence.

** The first published Talking to Dragons takes place after the other books, which are prequels.

Minnesota Book Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy – 1991
ALA Best Book for Young Adults list – 1991
.School Library Journal Best Book of the Year list – 1991
ALA Notable Book for Young Adults, 1992
ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 1993
NPR 100 Best Ever Teen Novels, 2012

Ganesh, the Hindu god of writers

Cazaril the Cat in pose.

Is that Dionysus?

Patricia and Nimue, The Cat in the Lap.

She believes that there are three parts to a writing career: art (inspiration), craft (technique) and the business of a writing. The first can be nurtured and the last two can be taught. She seems to have been born inspired and she learned much of her craft from reading. She was an accountant and financial analyst before taking the leap into a writing career, so she has that business part down as well.

Patricia also shared some very interesting insights into the effects of the Internet on storytelling, reading and publishing. We think you'll enjoy her interview as much as we enjoyed our time with her.

In Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Series I found the perfect heroine for my girls: Cimorine. She is bright, funny, strong and has no patience for the predictable princes who want to rescue her from her dragon friends. But that is only one of the series that Wrede writes. Sold primarily as YA books, I can attest that the line is thin between young adult and adult. They are just good stories.

I was delighted to find that we would be in her neighborhood, and she agreed to an interview. On a warm August day Patricia and her cats, Nimue and Cazaril, welcomed us into a home filled with books, art and small treasures.

Patricia says that she didn't start out to be a writer, she just always wrote. When she set a goal of getting a short story published, she taught herself to write in restaurants on her lunch hour, on trains – wherever she could grab a few minutes. That short story turned into a novel and she was on her way to making a living at something she loves.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Fiction, Fantasy, Sci-fi, YA



Chicago, IL area

Youthful Influence:

A house FULL of books; a family of avid readers; a nearby library. Rocky & Bullwinkle's Fractured Fairy Tales. The lands of Narnia, Oz, fairy tales and myths.

Favorite Authors:

Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Dorothy Sayers, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Creative Habit:

She writes wherever and whenever she can. On a pad, both paper and electronic, whatever is at hand. She tries to write every day.

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