Coleen Patrick lives in Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing, she’s doodling or planning her next road trip. She doesn't mind being told to take a hike—as long as she can take her camera—her Instagram account could always use another photo of the beach at sunset.
One day (she thinks) she wants chickens in her backyard.
Coleen is currently working on another Grace and Zac novel. A road trip is definitely in their future.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My dad was in the U.S. Coast Guard, so we moved around a lot as a family. Having a sort of nomadic experience growing up led me to write about characters who live life in one place (but maybe dream of travel and far away places).
What's the story behind your latest book?
Growing up, I became completely fascinated with the idea of falling in love with the boy next door (maybe because we moved so much). I wrote about it, read books about it, and even hoped to one day fall in love with a boy next door myself. So I made it happen for my character Grace in The Art of Chasing Normal.
I love a story that takes me on an emotional journey and Shrilugh does just that. It has two worlds, love and characters that stay with you long after you close the book. I'm looking forward to book two!