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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater American writer

American writer
Maggie Stiefvater
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Intro American writer
Is Writer Children's writer Novelist
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 18 November 1981, Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.A.
Age: 38 years
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Margaret "Maggie" Stiefvater ( STEE-vah-tər; born November 18, 1981) is an American writer of Young Adult fiction, known mainly for her series of fantasy novels The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle. She currently lives in Virginia.

Life and career

Early life

Stiefvater was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She described herself as an "anxious child with many phobias." As a child, she wanted to be a fighter pilot and race-car driver and was a voracious reader who enjoyed writing. By age 16, she was submitting manuscripts to publishers. After being home-schooled from sixth grade on, Stiefvater attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history. By the time she had entered college, she had already written over 30 novels, including four thrillers about the Irish Republican Army, a historical blockade runner novel, and a high-fantasy novel about "impassioned enchanters fighting among civil unrest." At 16, she legally changed her first name from Heidi to Margaret. Her maiden name was Hummel. After graduating, she worked as a portrait artist, specializing in equestrian art, which is collected internationally.

Writing career

Stiefvater published her first novel, Lament, in 2008. Before Lament had been released, she sold the rights to Ballad, the sequel to Lament, and to Shiver, the first book in the trilogy The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Shiver spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2010, Linger debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. There are over 1.7 million copies of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series in print and more than thirty-six foreign editions have been licensed.

In 2011, Stiefvater published The Scorpio Races, which received 5 starred reviews and was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book.

Her stand alone novel The Scorpio Races written in 2011 is currently in development for a film adaptation. The screen writer Jack Thorne will adapt the novel for the screen. It will be produced by Jay Ireland, and KatzSmith Productions who has also produced movies such as the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's novel It, as well as The Lego Batman Movie. The release of the film adaptation of Stiefvater's novel has not been announced.


Stiefvater is also known for her music. She played the highland bagpipes competitively while in college, and began a Celtic band, Ballynoola, that toured on the eastern seaboard. She plays multiple other instruments as well. With her sister, Kate Hummel, she writes and records a piece of music for each novel she releases. These are released to the public in the form of animated book trailers. "Stiefvater" is also known for drawing on guitars with Sharpies and giving them away to fans at major events.


Portrait of the artist as a cartoon character

Before turning to writing full-time, Stiefvater was a professional portrait artist, specializing in colored pencil.

Stiefvater also animates the book trailers for each of her books, using both stop-motion animation and traditional animation techniques.

Personal life

Stiefvater is married and has two children. She is also the owner of many animals, which include at least one cat, nine silken goats, and four dogs.

Film adaptations

Unique Features, in association with Warner Bros., optioned Shiver's film rights shortly after the book was released. A screenplay was written by Nick Pustay. In 2011, the option lapsed. Warner Bros. optioned the film rights to The Scorpio Races shortly after that book was released.

David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions will produce the film. New Line Cinema, in conjunction with Weed Road, optioned the film rights for The Raven Boys shortly before the book's release in September 2012. No screenplay has been written; casting has not begun.



  • Debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list
  • Indies Choice Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • Amazon Top Ten Books for Teens
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
  • Border's Original Voices Pick & Finalist
  • Barnes & Noble 2009 Top Twenty Books for Teens
  • CBC Children's Choice Awards Finalist
  • 2010 SIBA Book Award, Finalist
  • Glamour's Best Book to Curl Up With
  • VOYA's Perfect Ten, 2009
  • BDB Top Young Reads of 2009


  • ALA 2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • ALA 2010 Best Books for Young Adults
  • SIBA Book Award Nominee
  • Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
  • Starred review, Booklist
  • Starred review, KLIATT

The Scorpio Races

  • Michael L. Printz Award Honor, 2012
  • The Odyssey Honor Award 2012 for Best Audio Production
  • Los Angeles Times Book Times Award Finalist, 2012
  • ALA Notable Books for Children, 2012
  • The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2011
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, 2012
  • Amazon's Best Books for Teens 2011
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus' Best Teen Books of the Year (2011)
  • Horn Book Best Books of 2011
  • Children's Book Committee 2012 Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Finalist, 2012 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature
  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012
  • 2012 NCTE/ CLA Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts

The Raven Boys

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

The Dream Thieves

  • Detcon1 Member Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013
  • Chapters-Indigo Best Books of 2013

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • 2013 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Audiofile's Best Audiobooks of the Year for 2012
  • Indigo Top 25 of 2012
  • BCCB Blue Ribbons 2012
  • Leserpreis 2013, Best Fantasy
  • One of Rolling Stone's Best 40 YA Novels
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