Patrick O'Brien was raised a Navy "brat" and moved around a lot as a child, but now he calls Baltimore, Maryland, home. He grew up drawing and painting, but did not realize that he should be an illustrator until after he graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in biology. He then attended art school at Virginia Commonwealth University and started a successful freelance career drawing storyboards for advertising agencies.
In addition to Steam, Smoke and Steel, Patrick has illustrated several other children's books, including A Wasp Is Not a Bee (Holt); A Pirate's Life for Me; Bottoms Up: A Book About Rear Ends (Holt); and Gigantic: How Big Were the Dinosaurs (Holt).
Listen to Patrick and author Kevin O'Malley talk about the Captain Raptor series on Charlesbridge Unplugged.