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Patricia McKillip was born was born February 29, 1948 - which makes her a leap year child - in Salem, Oregon. Her her mother and older sister Carol still live near the Oregon coast, while her four other siblings are scattered along the Pacific Northwest. She has also lived in Germany and England where her father (an Air Force officer) was was stationed in between 1958 and 1962.

She attended San Jose State earning her B.A. in 1971. In 1973 she received her M.A. in English Lit., also from San Jose State University, and published her first two books, The Throme of the Erril of Sherrill and The House on Parchment Street, both of which she wrote when she was supposed to be studying. Her next book, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. Her first few novels, including The House On Parchment Street, The Forgotten Beasts Of Eld, and The Riddle-Master Trilogy, were published as young adult novels. She has also written science fiction both for adults and young adults: Fool's Run, and the Moon-Flash novels. In recent years, she has concentrated mainly on fantasy for adults, with such works as The Book of Atrix Wolfe, Something Rich and Strange, which was illustrated by Brian Froud, and which won the 1994 Mythopoeic Award, and Winter Rose, a very loose retelling of the Tam Lin ballad, which was nominated for a 1996 Nebula Award. She currently resides in Roxbury, New York (USA).

In addition to writing, McKillip also plays the piano, and her love for music has shown up in some of her books, including Fool's Run and Song for the Basilisk. She loves cooking, the seacoast, and likes long walks on the beach.

Since July 9, 2000

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