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Marissa Meyer

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Meyer was born in Tacoma, Washington, United States and attended Pacific Lutheran University, where she received a degree in creative writing. Before writing Cinder, Meyer worked as a book editor for five years and wrote Sailor Moon fan fiction under the pen name of Alicia Blade. In an interview with The News-Tribune, she said that doing the fan fiction helped her learn the craft of writing, gave her instant feedback and taught her how to take criticism.

Meyer is married to Jesse Taylor. In 2015, she and her husband adopted their twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney.

Meyer states that she was initially inspired to write Cinder after participating in the 2008 National Novel Writing Month contest where she wrote a story focusing on a futuristic version of Puss in Boots. The Lunar Chronicles is a four book series (tetralogy) with volumes based on the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. The first book, Cinder, was a New York Times bestseller.

In 2013 Meyer received a two-book deal from Feiwel & Friends for a young adult series featuring the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The first book, Heartless, was set for a Fall 2016 release. It is a stand-alone novel. Publishers Weekly announced that she would write a superhero series afterward.

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
New Books
November 2022

(Gilded , book 2)
Lunar Chronicles
   1. Cinder (2011)
   2. Scarlet (2013)
   3. Cress (2014)
   3.5. Fairest (2015)
   4. Winter (2015)
   Stars Above (2016)
   Cinder's Adventure (2022)
   1. Renegades (2017)
   2. Archenemies (2018)
   3. Supernova (2019)
   1. Gilded (2021)
   2. Cursed (2022)
Anthologies edited
Marissa Meyer recommends
Impostor (2013)
(Variants, book 1)
Susanne Winnacker
"... manages to walk the tricky line between fun and suspenseful. I was quickly lured into the covert world of Variants and the hunt for a brutal serial killer, but it was Tessa herself who ultimately won my heart. No matter what face she's wearing, Tessa is an endearing hero whose yearning for love and acceptance is one we can all relate to."
The Nightmare Dilemma (2014)
(Arkwell Academy, book 2)
Mindee Arnett
"Mindee Arnett has created a brand-new school of magic to delight and enthrall us."
Plus One (2014)
Elizabeth Fama
"Plus One entralled me from the first sentence."
Winterspell (2014)
(Winterspell, book 1)
Claire Legrand
"What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand’s writing has the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale."
The Shadow Queen (2016)
(Ravenspire, book 1)
C J Redwine
"Forget everything you think you know about Snow White. There are no shrinking violets here, just a bold and cunning princess determined to save a kingdom that s rotting beneath dark magic . A gripping addition to the retelling genre."
Three Dark Crowns (2016)
(Three Dark Crowns, book 1)
Kendare Blake
"A brutal and inventive fantasy that is as addictive as it is horrifying."
Sky Without Stars (2019)
(System Divine, book 1)
Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell
"I could fill an entire book detailing all the things I love about Sky Without Stars, from the epic tech to the immersive world-building, the jaw-dropping twists to the characters that universally stole my heart. This brilliant reinterpretation of a beloved classic is not to be missed!"
Lore (2021)
Alexandra Bracken
"Lore kept me awake far too many nights, needing to know what would happen in this ruthless battle between hunters, impostors, and gods. A brilliant and breathless twist on classic mythology!"
Curses (2021)
Lish McBride
"The Beauty and the Beast retelling I've been waiting for."
The Luminaries (2022)
(Luminaries, book 1)
Susan Dennard
"I lost myself from page one in Hemlock Falls and its deadly forest, as vicious as it is inescapably alluring. Winnie Wednesday is the sort of outcast-turned-monster-hunter you can't help loving and rooting for."

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