Patrice was born in Brighton and brought up in an Italian-Trinidadian household in mid-Sussex. This meant great holidays and even better food. She found her way to east London in the 90s and lives there with a partner, a teenager and a cat called Stormageddon. She has been writing for as long as she has been reading, and sold her first poem to the Brighton Evening Argus for a quid. She loves crime fiction, sci-fi and trying to grow things. Her ideal mixtape includes drum ‘n’ bass, Bruce Springsteen and themes from Studio Ghibli films.
Her debut, Orangeboy, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and won the Waterstone’s Older Children’s Fiction Prize and The Bookseller YA Prize.
Indigo Donut: Seventeen-year-old Indigo has had a tough start in life, having grown up in the care system after her dad killed her mum. Bailey, also seventeen, lives with his parents in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro. When Indigo and Bailey meet at sixth form, serious sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make.
Orangeboy: Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They’re after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they’re going to use Marlon to get to him. Marlon’s out of choices – can he become the person he never wanted to be, to protect everyone he loves?