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The Short Version

Los Angeles Times Bestselling author Patricia Smiley writes a mystery series featuring business consultant and amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George.

Patty has taught writing classes at various conferences, including the Surrey International Writers Conference in British Columbia, the Jackson Hole Writers Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Book Passage Mystery Conference in Corte Madera, California. She served on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

The Long Version

I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington, where my mother taught me to love books and where I fell in love with mysteries while on my first adventure with Trixie Belden. After graduating from Eisenhower High School and attending classes at Yakima Valley College, I transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Drama but ultimately received my B.A. in Sociology. While in college I learned that acting is fun, but sociology is practical.

In my first job out of college, I worked as a group supervisor in detention at the King County Juvenile Court in Seattle where I learned to cuss and be paranoid. After four years of honing my skills, I got an opportunity to work at the Washington State Legislature in Olympia where my knowledge of cussing and especially my paranoia came in very handy.

Returning to Seattle I accepted a job as the manager for reservation sales for a major cruise line where I learned to say: "You're in the wrong city. The ship leaves from Vancouver, Canada, not Vancouver, Washington."

After exhausting all the lessons to be learned in Seattle, I headed for sunny California where I worked as general manager for an L.A. temporary personnel service and did some acting on the side. Needless to say, the lessons I learned while acting cannot be printed here.

I finally decided that perhaps the lessons I was learning were the wrong lessons. So I went to graduate school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and received an MBA, with honors. While in the program, I discovered something that changed the course of my life: I wanted to write a novel and not just any novel but a mystery novel, and not just any mystery novel but a mystery novel set in L.A. "Why do you want to write about L.A.?" people asked. "It's so...been done before." But by this time I had fallen in love with the city. Almost every day it made me laugh, grimace, and shake my head in amazement. One thing it never did was bore me. What's more, no one had written about my L.A., at least not in the way I experienced it. So I wrote my first novel, FALSE PROFITS, and by doing so, learned that sociology may be practical, but writing is definitely much more fun.

Interview with Dorinda Ohnstad (pdf)

Connie Martinson Talks Books

Interview with Jane D of the Mystery Guild

Shelf Pleasure Essay: "Adventures of a Bibliophile"

Novel Rocket Interview

Guest Essay on The Lipstick Chronicles: "Blind Faith"

Hank Phillippi Ryan Interview on Jungle Red Writers

Q & A with Patty

News article about Patty and her mentor Elizabeth George

Paula Woods article written for the Los Angeles Times, which quotes Patty