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Patrice (Rinaldo) Cassedy Biography (1953-) - Sidelights

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Patrice Cassedy told SATA: "By becoming a lawyer I took what seems like a long detour from grade school, high school, and college days, when I knew in my heart that I would be a writer. Like many authors, I have a little box of 'firsts' from my childhood: first picture book, first short story, first poem. They are very imaginative and hardly show that for many years I would use my writings skills to compose memos and contracts as a lawyer working in companies that lend money. When I did write outside my legal jobs, I tackled articles because they were easier for a working mom to get a handle on. I also enjoyed writing romance novels (unpublished), because they are the work of women mostly and my jobs as a lawyer were dominated by men. My books for Lucent Press represent the merger of fact-gathering skills learned as a lawyer and my personal enjoyment of young people. My aim as a young adult author is to encourage young people to question (and therefore better understand) themselves and the world around them."

About her future projects, Cassedy told SATA, "While I do not expect to write an autobiography, themes and characters in my fictional work arise from my background as an Italian-American in a large family, my experiences growing up in Detroit during a time of terrifying racial tensions and life-affirming Motown music, the loss of a very dear sister while I was a law student, and what I have learned about marriage and family after happily raising two remarkable children with the man who courted me as a teenager."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, March 1, 2001, Hazel Rochman, review of Understanding Flowers for Algernon, p. 1235; October 15, 2002, Roger Leslie, review of Law Enforcement, p. 416.

Rutgers Law, fall, 1994, "Spotlight: Lawyers and Love."

School Library Journal, July, 2003, Mary R. Hofmann, review of Education, p. 138.

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