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Denise Lewis Patrick was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She attended local schools and earned a degree in Journalism from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1977. That same year, she moved to New York City. She has been both a writer and editor in various areas of the publishing industry, particularly for children.

In addition to being a published author, Denise is an adjunct professor of writing at a local college. She’s also worked with budding writers in an afterschool program, has managed middle and high school writing programs.

In Other Words...


When I visit schools, there are two questions children always ask:  'What's your favorite book that you wrote?' and 'What's the most important thing to do if you want to become a writer?'   

Now, the answer to the first question is hard. Nearly everything I write is autobiographical in some way.  There's a little part of me, or something I've experienced directly (or that happened to someone else I know) in all of my work. I always change the story a little, and change the names up. So my characters almost become brothers, sisters, aunts or uncles to me—and sometimes children, though I do have real ones.

And the answer to the second question is soooo easy. If you want to be—or become a writer, read.  That's right, read everything. Read all the time! Think about the world, and all the other people who live in it! Then you can start creating worlds of your own."