Patrick’s thriller-in-progress weaves together the many threads of his professional writing career. For a decade he was an award-winning reporter on Capitol Hill covering technology policy, chronicling the federal government’s failure to keep up with emerging technologies, including the Internet, wireless communications, and cybersecurity. As a think tank senior fellow and a trade association CEO, Patrick continued his focus on technological innovation, engaging regularly with Silicon Valley and speaking multiple times at tech-focused conferences including CES and SXSW.
In 2011 the Obama Administration recruited Patrick based on his rare combination of communications skills and tech policy savvy. During his five years serving President Obama as a senior communications official, he facilitated the selection process for the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor an inventor can achieve in the United States. He also managed the federal government’s partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF). In that role, he oversaw NIHF’s Alexandria, Virginia, museum, served as an ex officio member on NIHF’s board, and even participated in the selection of new inductees.
At the conclusion of the Obama Administration in early 2017, Patrick relocated to San Diego, California, where he continues to work in marketing and communications and served as President of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. He is introducing to readers the unique topography and cultural influences of that region as an original setting for a thriller.
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Beyond his professional accomplishments, Patrick is an award-winning creative writer with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His previous focus was on creative nonfiction, and he has been published in numerous literary journals. Patrick has had several crime fiction short stories published and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
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