Patrick O'Leary was born in 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Wayne State University where he shared first prize for Poetry in the Thompkin's Competition in 1974. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America including The Iowa Review, The Little Magazine, Poetry East, and The University of Windsor Review. Door Number Three, his first novel, was chosen as "One of the best novels of 1995" by Publisher's Weekly. His second novel, The Gift, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. His novels have been translated into German, Japanese, Polish, French and Braille. O'Leary works in advertising and has won numerous industry awards. He travels extensively, but he makes his home near Detroit with his wife and sons.