Hi, I’m Patrice!
*THE SHORT OF IT* (aka the ever-changing official bio)
Patrice is a twentysomething introvert gone wild. By day, she’s an associate editor, and by night, weekend, and early morning (if she’s had enough green tea & occasionally coffee) she’s a writer. You can learn more about Patrice, her writing, her editorial wishlist, her favorite books, and general musings at her website (patricecaldwell.com). You can also find her on Twitter (@whimsicallyours), her secondary home. Patrice has had many publishing roles, but started out as a book blogger and intends to keep blogging until the end of her days.
THE “LONG” VERSION (aka My Story)
I could tell you a lot about myself like where I’m from (Texas!) and what I do (exploring, constantly), but those are things I often tell people and since this started as a book & creative writing blog, I thought I’d share a bit about my reading & writing journey.
When I was younger I read everything. I read through the children’s section of my local library and the main branch, as well as the small teen section. YA hadn’t expanded into the industry it is now. I still remember going to Barnes & Noble and seeing only two shelves: “New Teen Fiction” and “Teen Fiction.” Now, it’s an entire section with everything from Epic/High Fantasy to Contemporary Romance.
Because of the lack of YA books, I quickly moved into Adult where I picked up titles such as Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles at the wise age of 12. I didn’t understand most of those books (probably a good thing), but my love for all things dark and fantastical was born. It was around this time I started writing.
Writing was a way for me to express myself because I didn’t feel like I fit in with or could be true to myself with those around me.
Writing was also how I explored new worlds. I’m a dreamer. But, with four siblings, traveling didn’t happen often. Writing became how I actualized my dreams and visualized the places I wanted to go.
I wrote a lot of those early stories as way to satisfy myself where authors hadn’t. For example, I loved all things vampires but Twilight didn’t exist yet… there was no YA book where the girl became a vampire. It was always human girl loves mysterious guy who happens to be a vampire who won’t change her because he wasn’t to preserve her humanity…her innocence. I started writing that story and quickly abandoned it when I found Twilight & Vampire Academy.
But high school came around and as we are wont to do, I wanted to fit in. So I left writing and reading behind and focused on school, theater, friends, and boys (LOL, dying…hella gay gal here). It wasn’t until the summer after my first year in college that I rediscovered writing and reading, and to say the least they recreated and saved my life.
So, yes, I’m a writer. I’m also an Associate Editor at Disney Book Group and a proud Wellesley College alumna. I founded People of Color in Publishing and I’m a member of Publishing Crawl. I love baking messy treats, following my favorite designers (J’adore Elie Saab), and laughing (a lot). I write essays about everything from my post-college adventures to my love for Nicki Minaj and Nickelback (Yes, Nickelback. It’s a middle school thing). And, I write genre-bending fiction for young adults and middle graders, featuring life-changing secrets, forbidden friendships, and the coolest gals you’ll ever meet.
Welcome to my online home!
“…I’m an Aquarius, and I live and let live.” – Meg Cabot on the her road to publication
“I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed.” – Sherman Alexie (via The Wall Street Journal)
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
**Disclaimer: Anything said here, unless attributed/linked elsewhere, is my opinion and does not reflect the beliefs of anyone I work for and so forth.**