Patrice M. McDonough, a native of the Garden State, has a master’s degree in history from Rutgers University/NJIT.  She taught history and served as Department Chair at Immaculate Heart Academy, a college preparatory high school for girls in New Jersey. She was named an Outstanding Educator by the Archdiocese of Newark in 1995. She is a member of the Historical Writers of America and the Historical Novel Society. She spends her leisure time traveling, begging her golf ball to land on the fairway, and reading the histories, mysteries, and historical novels piled high on her night table.