Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, author, former go-go dancer, and retired rock critic, was born in New York City and has lived there all her adult life.
She attended St. Bonaventure University, where she majored in journalism, and graduated from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) with a B.A. in English literature; she has also studied at NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Christ Church, University of Oxford.
From 1968 to 1971, she was the editor of Jazz & Pop, a well-respected national music magazine dealing with progressive rock and jazz. One of the first women rock critics, she met and wrote about almost all the great artists of the time. Later, as an advertising copywriter and director at RCA and CBS Records, working personally with musicians like David Bowie, Billy Joel, and Paul and Linda McCartney, she was a two-time Clio nominee.
She is the author of THE KELTIAD, the acclaimed series of Celtic science-fantasy novels--ancient legends transported to galactic space. "The Copper Crown", her first book and first of the series, was published in 1984, and the eighth, "The Deer's Cry", in 1999; there will be two more to finish out the series, "The Beltane Queen" and "The Cloak of Gold", and she is at present working on a short-story sequence set in the Keltic universe.
She has just published "ROCK CHICK: A Girl and Her Music--The Jazz & Pop Writings", a compendium of her critical pieces for the magazine, and is finishing up a Viking novel set in 9th-century England, "Son of the Northern Star", due for publication in 2014.
Her current project is THE ROCK & ROLL MURDERS: THE RENNIE STRIDE MYSTERIES, the first of which was "Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore", followed by "California Screamin': Murder at Monterey Pop"; "Love Him Madly: Murder at the Whisky"; "A Hard Slay's Night: Murder at the Royal Albert Hall"; "Go Ask Malice: Murder at Woodstock"; and the imminent "Scareway to Heaven: Murder at the Fillmore East". Next up is "Daydream Bereaver: Murder on the Good Ship Rock&Roll"; at least four more are planned, and a TV series proposal is being worked on with a Hollywood colleague.
In January 1969, Patricia met Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, in a private interview. They were married in a Celtic wedding ceremony on June 24, 1970. Morrison died July 3, 1971, in Paris, of a heroin overdose, although he was not a user. Her memoir, "Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison" (Dutton, 1992), was hailed by the New York Daily News as "the first good book on Jim Morrison."
She was a consultant to Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors, in which she was portrayed by actress Kathleen Quinlan (who remains a friend), and had a cameo role performing the on-screen wedding between Quinlan's character and the Morrison character, played by Val Kilmer.
Knighted at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland in 1990 as a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (the ancient Knights Templar), Patricia is a Celtic Pagan priestess and a minister of the Universal Life Church. She lives in New York City's East Village.