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About Meg Cabot

Quick facts:

  • Born February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Graduated from Indiana University in 1991 with a B. A. in art
  • Lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband and two cats
  • Has written over 50 books, including 14 Princess Diaries books

Quotes about Meg:

  • "She's like the Nora Roberts of teen publishing."
    • Abby McAden, Meg's editor
  • "The name Meg Cabot has become synonymous with popular fiction for teenage girls. Her Princess Diaries series is published in more than 38 countries, she's the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of nearly 50 chick-lit books for teens, juveniles and adults, and those books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. She has been so successful in large part because she writes characters her readers can relate to. Whether it's a juvenile story about the drama that takes place between friends or a young-adult novel about the trials and tribulations of young love, Cabot knows her audience. And she knows what they find funny."
    • Melanie Florence, The Writer magazine
  • "Meg Cabot is a popular writer who has earned a reputation for capturing the essence of the way adolescents think and talk. Her frequent reliance on the novel-as-diary genre showcases this talent."
    • Contemporary Authors Online
  • "Cabot has a fine grasp of teen dialect (and punctuation), an off-the-wall sense of humor that will have readers laughing out loud, and a knack for creating fully realized teen and adult characters that readers will miss when the story ends."
    • Chris Sherman, Booklist
  • "Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining enough to capture the fancy of young readers who are looking for a fun story about ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances."
    • Michelle Rich, the ALAN Review
  • "Cabot loves telling stories about ordinary girls who are unexpectedly thrust into a spotlight that gives them not only the chance to shine, but also illuminates hidden parts of their personalities."
    • Kirkus Reviews

Awards (by book):

Meg Cabot
  • Distinguished Alumni Award 2008 at Indiana University
  • Queen of Teen nomination (2008)

1-800-Where-R-You? Series
  • Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination, best young adult category, Mystery Writers of America, 2003

Airhead Series
  • Nominated for Teen Choice Book of the Year, 2009

All-American Girl Series
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Reader
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • IRA/CBC Young Adults? Choice
  • Book Sense Pick
  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

Avalon High
  • Texas Lone Star Reading List
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

How to Be Popular
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

  • IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice

The Mediator Series
  • IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice
  • ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

The Princess Diaries Series:
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
  • New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age Reader
  • Tennessee Volunteer State TASL Book Award
  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (Washington)
  • International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Young Adults' Choice
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Excerpts from Meg's blog

Don’t Abandon Hope
Saturday, March 26, 2011

A lot of stuff has happened since I last posted. I’m not going to bother giving a recap, since you all keep up with current events. It’s been the kind of month where some of us may have felt the urge to watch way too many Lifetime Movies of the Week in a row (such as Marilu Henner’s Fight for Justice or Angie Dickinson’s Deep Family Secrets) in an effort to escape our own real life problems, or the ones we keep seeing on the news. But that’s okay! Stories like Marilu’s and Angie’s have been told (and re-told) for thousands of years exactly because they inspire us and let us know we shouldn’t abandon all hope. Just when it seems like winter’s dark and gloomy days are going to go on forever . . . BOOM! Not only do the flowers start blooming (a sure sign that spring is right around the corner), but authors start posting. . .Their New Official Book Trailers!

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Back From The Dead
Sunday, March 6, 2011

I know! It’s like I fell off the face of the earth, right?

But I’ve actually been right here, writing (and occasionally Tweeting. And Facebooking). It’s just so hard to tear myself away from my heroines’ worlds to tell you about my own because mine is so boring in comparison (uh . . . I got glasses?).

If you don’t believe me, watch this (the first in a series of videos about my new book Abandon that are going to be coming out, and I swear they get better and better as they go on. Hint: so does my hair, at least in the ones in which I appear):

Yes. I filmed that in a cemetery.

You never know where life is going to end up taking you as a writer.

Apparently, sometimes it is a cemetery.

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My Dead Valentine
Monday, February 14, 2011

It’s that day again: The day some people love to celebrate with little pieces of paper cut into the shape of a heart and exchanges of gifts of candy and jewelry, and other people hate with an all-mighty passion.

But don’t worry. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, I’ve got Valentines for everyone:

1) Nothing says Be My Valentine more than abducting a girl and forcing her to live with you in your underground palace in the Underworld.

Check out the newly updated page for my April 26, 2011 YA paranormal release, Abandon. We’ve added an exclusive sneak peek chapter, and an introductory video I shot in the middle of a cemetery last summer, in front of the most haunted crypt in Key West.

2) Win a free Advanced Reader Copy of Abandon, and the cool promotional stickers that go with it, to give to your Valentine (or just keep for yourself).

All you have to do is join the Abandon Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win. A new winner will be chosen every week until the book debuts April 26, 2011. (You will be contacted for your mailing info if you’ve won. People who’ve already joined the page, you are already entered.)

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