A sixth-generation Californian, K. Patrick Conner grew up in the Central Valley and attended Chico State University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in English in 1976 and his Master’s degree in English in 1977. In 1978, he was a winner of the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

Conner was a founder of the Chico News & Review and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for more than twenty years, including five years as City Editor. A project he assigned and edited about health risks associated with the common syringe was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He was Assistant Managing Editor for News when he left the Chronicle in 2009.

He is the author of three prior novels: “Blood Moon,” published by Doubleday in 1987; “Kingdom Road,” published by Donald Fine, Inc. in 1991 and subsequently brought out as a paperback titled “Blind Obsession” by Signet in 1992; and “Dying Words,” published in 2012 by NaCl Press. He is also the co-author of “Horace Bristol: An American View,” a biography of one of the first photographers to work for LIFE magazine, published by Chronicle Books in 1996.

He currently lives on San Francisco’s Russian Hill with his wife, Christine Cuccia, and their cats.

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