Patrice 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; was named an Outstanding Educator by the Archdiocese of Newark in 1995; and is a member of the Historical Writers of America. She spends her leisure time begging her golf ball to land on the fairway or reading the histories, mysteries, and historical novels piled high on her night table.  While thinking about her World History and Western Civilization students and sitting in front of a 1789 map of Paris, she wrote The Clock Mistress: A Novel of the French Revolution.