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Margaret Stohl        

International Bestselling YA Novelist

Margaret Stohl is The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly & international bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). Beautiful Creatures has been published in 44 countries and translated into 33 languages. The film, based on the first book, is releasing in theaters on February 13, 2013 from Warner Brothers, adapted and directed by Academy Award nominee Richard LaGravenese, starring: Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenrich, Zoey Deutch, and Thomas Mann.

Beautiful Creatures was an ALA William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist in 2010, as well as a SCIBA award finalist, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten pick. Beautiful Creatures was named the Amazon Editors’ Picks #1 Teen Best Book of the Year and #5 Best Book of the Year overall for 2009.

Stohl is also the author of Icons, the first book in the Icons series, forthcoming from Little, Brown in spring 2013.

Stohl is a veteran of the video-game industry, and after working with Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts), she became a cofounder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for Most Innovative Game Design at the Game Developers Conference.

A graduate of Amherst College, where she won the Knox Prize for English Literature, Stohl earned a master’s degree in English from Stanford University and completed coursework for a doctorate in American Studies at Yale University. She was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford and in Film Studies at Yale. She attended the Creative Writing program of the University of East Anglia, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George MacBeth.

Stohl loves traveling the world with her daughters, who are épée fencers, and living in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and two bad beagles.

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