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).