Pat Quinn writes fiction for young adults and children as well as works of non-fiction. She won the 1994 Young Adult Fiction Award for her first teenage novel, The Value of X (1993). Her non-fiction titles include Sailing with New Zealand Endeavour (1993), and Free Fall (1994). Quinn also wrote the teenage fiction Sounds Crazy (1995), in addition to several educational readers for Learning Media.
FROM THE OXFORD COMPANION TO NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE
Quinn, Pat (1947– ), won the 1994 Senior Children’s Fiction Award for her first teenage novel, The Value of X (1993), which refreshingly weaves the mathematical symbol of the unknown, ‘X’, into the home, school and social lives of a girl on the threshhold of adulthood.
Born and educated in Wellington (BSc, DipCommns, Victoria University), Quinn began writing for New Zealand and Australian School Journals, winning a 1989 short story award.
Her other books are the non-fiction Sailing with New Zealand Endeavour (1993) and Free Fall (1994), and the teenage fiction Sounds Crazy (1995), as well as readers for Learning Media.
A freelance writer, she lives in Wellington, working actively with New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN).
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
- Pat Quinn's author profile on the Scholastic site
- An interview with Pat Quinn on the Christchurch City Libraries site
Updated January 2017.