"Born in Maryland, Pat Willene writes under a pseudonym to preserve the anonymity of her surviving family. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and worked as a social worker for six years in the area of Single Parent Service, Foster Care Home finding, Adoption Home finding and Old Age Assistance. Subsequently, she was supervisor of the Para-Legal Division of a law enforcement agency in the area of Child Support for nine years, receiving commendation from the Maryland House of Delegates for her work. Later, she was Chief of Domestic Violence for the same agency. In addition to her writing, she is currently a Director for Finance and Administration for an international consulting agency, and a humbly proud parent of one son. She speaks on occasion to schools for career consulting and offers hope that violence does not beget violence."