Patrick Sanchez grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He spent his childhood in Clinton, Maryland and later moved with his family farther south to La Plata, Maryland. After surviving 12 years of Catholic school, Patrick attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he majored in Psychology (with a minor in naps, The Price Is Right, and The Young and the Restless).
After college Patrick settled in Northern Virginia and landed a job as a Customer Service Representative for the call center of a managed healthcare company in Falls Church, Virginia. Desperate to get off the phones and stop getting yelled at by angry patients and doctors, Patrick applied for a promotion within the company as a proposal writer. And believe it or not, despite the fact that his only writing experience consisted of a five page term paper on the Coke/Pepsi Cola Wars, some silly fool gave him the promotion.
Over the course of a year or two, Patrick honed his technical writing skills working on enormous proposals about claims administration and quality management (yawn...). He eventually decided that if he could crank out three hundred page proposals, why not try his hand at fiction; accordingly, after years of writing, editing, and rewriting, he produced his first novel, Girlfriends, which he sold to Kensington Publishing. Girlfriends (currently in its 13th printing) became a Barnes and Noble Trade Paperback Best Seller and received accolades from Publishers Weekly and The Village Voice as well as endorsements from personalities such as Rita Mae Brown, Suzanne Westenhoeffer, and Michael Musto.
Patrick's second novel, The Way It Is fast approached the success of Girlfriends with rave reviews from Romantic Times Magazine, Booklist, and a host of other publications. Additionally, Patrick’s third novel, Tight was a Latina Magazine “Must Read Beach Book” and a Latina Style Magazine “Rave Review." Once Upon A Nervous Breakdown, Patrick 's fourth novel, received wide praise from several authors including Gannett columnist, Susan Reinhardt; Denver Post columnist, Cindy Rodriguez; and syndicated columnist and television star, Kathy Cano Murillo (a.k.a. The Crafty Chica).
Girlfriends, The Way It Is, Tight, and Once Upon a Nervous Breakdown have been published internationally in Russia, Poland, Portugal, and Indonesia.
Patrick also authors the Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Culinary Mystery Series under the pen name "A. L. Herbert. " The first book in the series, Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles (called "funny and refreshingly straight forward" by Kirkus Reviews), will be released in March 2015.