Patricia Meehan Vásquez was born and raised in Washington, DC, watching diplomats and bankers from around the world try to influence policy. From living there, Pat learned early that there were many diverse cultures to enjoy. Pat spent over 25 years in the publishing world, having spent most of her career in Chicago and New York, acquiring new authors and books for The Dial Press and Simon & Schuster, among others. She has worked on the cutting edge of educational publishing, helping create unique interactive online tutorial and testing programs which accompany college textbooks. She is the past Managing Editor of The WIP.