A Nevada native, the author graduated from Carson High School and the University of Nevada and holds a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology as well as degrees in marriage and family counseling and English literature. Although she won prizes for writing while a student, she chose a career as a physician assistant and practiced medicine for many years before retiring from the University of Nevada. However, she never abandoned her first love, and in 2013 published her first Quinn DeMello novel, Runaway. Finding Home, the second in the Quinn DeMello series, has just been published by Lucky Bat Books.
Retired now, Patti travels widely—most recently spending time in Washington, DC, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Maui, Hawaii—always looking for new locations for her characters and their stories of love and change. When not circumnavigating the globe, Patti lives with her standard poodle, Izzy, in Northern Nevada.