Patrick is a fugitive from Hollywood where he learned that his talents were more analytical than presentational. Armed with this insight, he then went back to university and secured his PhD. His dissertation on Cognitive Narratology in Film and Literature was the first cognitive explanation of the American "hybrid hero." Before launching his own writing career, he worked in project development at both NY’s Circle in the Square and LA’s Mark Taper Forum. During his time as a professor, he both taught screenwriting at two universities and at The Beyond Baroque Foundation in Los Angeles, as well as being invited to present a paper on mirror neurons and affect relations, "How the Spectator Feels the Character," at the prestigious Society for Cinema and Media Studies International Conference in London.
He helped edit the bestselling book, Empty Mansions by Pulitizer prize-winner, Bill Dedman, and is proud that his student Lynne Constantine, just signed a major publishing contract with HarperCollins. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of The Editing Company and creator of the Write Yourself Free(SM)/ McCord method on writing and cognitive narratology, and has been teaching in Westport, CT since 2007. His students are publishing and winning literary prizes.