Maggie Stiefvater

NWS 2012 Guest Artist

Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.7 million copies of the trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to more than thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Stiefvater’s newest book, The Raven Boys, is part of a planned four book series and details the search of a group of prep school boys for the dead Welsh king, Glendower, with psychics and ley lines involved in the mix. As Stiefvater says herself: “It’s better than it sounds.”

Stiefvater told of her research process for her books, including a trip to a ley line in England, but said she generally finds inspiration in the fact that she is an artist and musician as well as an author. “My family and I were an instant band in a box, like a Celtic Von Trapp family.” It is with the help of music that Stiefvater said she finds her inspiration, generally lying on floor with music blaring.

Maggie’s books have premiered to overwhelming critical and commercial success, and garnered special attention from the movie industry hoping to replicate the box office triumphs of The Hunger Games and the Twilight franchise.

Warner Brothers has also optioned Maggie’s best-selling Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, which includes Shiver, Linger and Forever. The trilogy is a darkly compelling Romeo & Juliet love story between a young girl and a boy hiding a terrible secret.

All three books debuted as New York Times best-sellers and were named as Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Maggie Stiefvater’s life choices have revolved around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical writer (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists (she’s made her living as one or the other since she was twenty-two). Maggie now lives a surprisingly eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, one criminally insane cat.

Visit Maggie’s website

Maggie Stiefvater in the News

Doug Stanton Interview with Maggie

Maggie Stiefvater featured in

Maggie Stiefvater, finalist, NPR Young Adult Fiction Finalists

ARC Review: The Raven Boys

Washington Post review: The Raven Boys | September 4, 2012