Matthew Patrick - Author
Matthew Patrick has had a lifelong passion for both aviation and literature. He was exposed to aviation early in life by his father, Morris, a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd airborne division. Morris was active in the first days of sport skydiving and some of Matthew’s earliest memories are of attending skydiving competitions in which his father competed. As a young adult he learned to skydive himself, then went on to fly ultra-light aircraft and a variety of general aviation aircraft. He currently holds a multi-engine instrument rating, enjoys flying antique aircraft and is a long-standing member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
An engineer by training, Matthew obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. Alongside his technical education, Matthew indulged in many of the literature courses available from Northwestern University’s College of Arts & Sciences. His passion for writing can be traced back to a course assignment in which he completed Geoffrey Chaucer’s unfinished Cook’s Tale—in its original middle English—and to the resulting encouragement from one of his English professors.
Matthew's professional life has been focused on business and technological innovation, but all the while he has continued to pursue his passion for writing. Matthew's first novel, Downing Dora Nine, unites his passion for aviation, his professional experience in technology development, and his long-standing desire to write.
John Patrick - Illustrator
John Patrick demonstrated his artistic talent early in life. He was producing fully rendered wildlife drawings and creating imaginative sculptures of dragons and cartoon characters in his elementary school years.
After obtaining his BFA from the Cincinnati Art Academy (one of the oldest art colleges in the country), John went on to earn his MFA from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. John has been recognized by his peers and by the professional community on multiple occasions; his work has been shown regularly in Communication Arts and the Illustrators Annual.
John’s professional career has focused on a variety of illustration forums—editorial, advertising, and book cover illustration. He has worked on a freelance basis with many well-known companies such as American Airlines, Random House, Pentagram Design, San Diego Zoo, Playboy Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report.
See more of John's artwork at www.johnpatrickillustration.com.