Patrick was born in Cape Town and educated at Selborne College in East London (The South African one, not the other place in the UK). As a firefighter, Patrick spent several years running into burning buildings while saner people ran away. When he had grown out of playing with fire, he moved to the UK and taught younger firefighters how to do so instead. He and his colleagues called this "major incident training" or "fire investigation", depending on which course they were teaching.
Patrick now lives in Germany with his wife and has found that learning a new language is a good way to keep your mind active.
His books are inspired by his lifelong love of the sea and dreams of exploring space.
His titles include -
Science Fiction Adventure (The Harry Heron Series)
Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey - Published March 2015 - IndieGo Publishing
Harry Heron: Into the Unknown - Published 14th March 2016 - IndieGo Publishing
Harry Heron; Enemy Within - to be published July 2017
Further books to follow - In draft
And interview with Patrick on the Harry Heron series can be found on The Book Channel
Magnus Patricius: The Remarkable Life of St Patrick, the Man - Published 5th January 2017
Marine Fire Studies - published 1997 by the Institution of Fire Engineers
A Guide to Fire Investigation - published October 2011 by the Institution of Fire Engineers
Fire Service Leader's Pocket Book - published by the Institution of Fire Engineers, January 2017
Technical Articles and Papers
Patrick is regularly published in technical journals, including Fire Risk Management, Industrial Fire Journal, Fire and Rescue Journal and in Conference Proceedings on Fire Safety matters and Fire and Explosion Investigation.