Patricia Ketola was born in North Dakota and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was brought up in a family that valued books, art, and music. As a child she discovered the public library and often ventured out to the two art museums in town. Fiercely independent, and more than vaguely rebellious, her high school years were spent reading Beat literature and trying to be cool. When she entered the public University she was told by her faculty advisor that most women were there to get a MRS. degree and that she should turn her attention to such womanly subjects as elementary education or nursing, neither of which she had any aptitude for, or interest in. She soon dropped out and took off for Mexico City.
With the exception of twelve years working in the corporate world she has spent most of her life living on the edge and under the radar. She started writing later in life and DIRTY PICTURES is her first novel.