M. L. Wang was born in Wisconsin in 1992, decided she wanted to be an author at the age of nine, and never grew up. She got her Bachelor of Arts in history from Knox College in 2015 and currently works at a martial arts school in her home city of Madison.
Her Theonite Series is the product of over ten years of writing, research, and rampant imagination that began when Wang was still in middle school. She majored in history, learned multiple foreign languages, and even studied abroad with a West African oral traditionalist to realize the universe of these books. The idea behind the series has always been to revel in all the fun and action typical of YA adventure while also exploring deeper (less-fun) issues of gender, ethnicity, and power.
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