Patricia Matthews

Patricia Anne Klein Ernst was born on July 1, 1927 in San Fernando, California, USA, the daughter of Gladys Gable and Roy Oliver Ernst. Her mother enrolled her in the famous Meglin Kiddies school, but she recorded only two of her songs professionally for one demo tape. She studied at California State University, Los Angeles, were she worked as secretary to the General Manager of Associated Students by the California State College. In 21 December 1946, she married Marvin Owen Brisco and moved to Arizona, they had two sons: Michael Arvie and David Roy. By 1961, the marriage had ended in divorce. Focused on her writing career, she returned to California, where she met the writer Clayton Matthews in a local writers' group. After Clayton divorced his first wife, he and Patricia married in 3 November 1972 and lived near San Diego.

She started to write poetry, juvenile books, a play, fantasy and mystery short stories, which she signed under different names: Patricia Ernst, P.A. Brisco and Pat A. Brisco. Using the names Patty Brisco and Pat Brisco, she wrote gothic novels. When the market for gothic novels softened, at the suggestion of her husbland agent, Jay Garon, she began to write romance novels under her second married name, Patricia Matthews. In the 1970's, she become a popular writer, called "American's First Lady of Historical Romance". She and her husband also collaborated on several romance and suspense novels using the pseudonyms Laura Wylie and Laurie Wylie. She and her husband wrote five Casey Farrell mystery novels together, and she wrote three on her own, the Thumbprint Mysteries, set in the American Southwest, at the fourth-sixth- and eighth-grade reading levels, yet offer characters, situations, and concerns appropriate for adult readers. With Denise Hrivnak, she also wrote under the pseudonym Denise Matthews. Her husband Clayton died on March 25, 2004. Patricia died on December 7, 2006 in the Brisco family home in Prescott, Arizona.

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Rendezvous at Midnight

Mystery

Nov-2003

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Death in the Desert

Suspense

Sep-1999

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Dead Man Riding

Suspense

Jun-1999

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The Secret of Secco Canyon

Suspense

Jan-1999

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Touch of Terror

Mystery

Oct-1995

Casey Farel - 5

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Sound of Murder

Mystery

Jun-1994

Casey Farel - 4

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Taste of Evil

Mystery

Dec-1993

Casey Farel - 3

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Vision of Death

Mystery

Feb-1993

Casey Farel - 2

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The Scent of Fear

Mystery

Sep-1992

Casey Farel - 1

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Mist of Evil

Gothic

Nov-1990

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Love's Bold Journey

Historical Romance

Oct-1990

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The Death of Love

Historical Romance

Apr-1990

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Sapphire

Historical Romance

Sep-1989

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The Dreaming Tree

Historical Romance

Mar-1989

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The Night Visitor

Historical Romance

Dec-1988

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Oasis

Historical Romance

Oct-1988

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Mirrors

Romantic Suspense

May-1988

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Thursday and the Lady

Historical Romance

Oct-1987

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Enchanted

Historical Romance

Apr-1987

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Tame the Restless Heart

Historical Romance

Dec-1985

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Gambler in Love

Historical Romance

Dec-1984

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Dancer of Dreams

Historical Romance

Aug-1984

Hannah's Story - 2

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Embers of Dawn

Historical Romance

May-1983

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Flames of Glory

Historical Romance

Dec-1982

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Tides of Love

Historical Romance

Jun-1981

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Love's Sweet Agony

Historical Romance

May-1980

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Love's Raging Tide

Historical Romance

1980

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Raging Rapids

General Fiction

Jan-1980

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Love's Many Faces

Historical Romance

Oct-1979

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Love's Golden Destiny

Historical Romance

Sep-1979

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Love's Magic Moment

Historical Romance

Apr-1979

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Love's Daring Dream

Historical Romance

1978

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Love's Pagan Heart

Historical Romance

1978

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Love, Forever More

Historical Romance

Dec-1977

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Love's Avenging Heart

Historical Romance

1977

Hannah's Story - 1

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Love's Wildest Promise

Historical Romance

1977

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