Dealing with Dragons
“I started writing fiction in the seventh grade,” Patricia C. Wrede told Kenneth R. Shepherd, “and never really stopped in spite of the fact that for many years I did not really expect writing to be more than a hobby.”
Patricia Collins, the daughter of a mechanical engineer and an executive, was a voracious reader as a child. She still has her Oz books and her copies of Walter Farley horse stories and the Chronicles of Narnia.
In 1974, she received a degree in biology from Carleton College. She earned her master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1977. She married a financial consultant, James M. Wrede, in 1976. They divorced in 1992.
Wrede worked as a rate-review analyst for a hospital association, a financial analyst with several companies, and a senior accountant. She has written full time since 1985.
Wrede is noted for breaking new ground in the fantasy genre. She offers modern variations on old fairy tales and comic fantasies.
It took Wrede five years to finish her first novel, Shadow Magic. It introduced the magical world of Lyra, an alternate Earth that would reappear in others of Wrede's books. She created a second fantasy world, the Enchanted Forest, for another sequence of books.