Pat Schmatz is the author of four novels for teens. Her early books were recognized by the Wisconsin Library Association, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and Bank Street College of Education. Her most recent book, Bluefish, won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship while still a work in progress. It was published by Candlewick Press in 2011, and awarded Bank Street College of Education’s 2012 Josette Frank Award for fiction. It is a Junior Library Guild Selection, a nominee for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, and an ALA Notable Children’s Book.
Pat grew up near Amherst, Wisconsin. After living in Michigan, California and Minnesota, she is back in the Amherst area, where Wisconsin woods and lakes provide the perfect environment for idea collisions.