PATRICIA WOOD's first literary effort was at 8 years of age. It was titled: "Thickamore The Backnus." It was well received and, although self-published with masking tape and cardboard, it has stood the test of time as does all good literature. Wood is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii, studying education, disability and diversity as well as writing. She lives with her husband, Gordon, on a 48-foot sailboat in Hawaii.
Her son, Andrew, lives in Washington, where her novel for young adults, Lottery, takes place. Lottery is a funny, thoughtful novel starring a wealthy young man whose IQ of 76 does not begin to define his true intelligence.