February 27, 1987 |
Alexandra Bracken was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and currently lives in New York City, New York, where she works in the publishing industry. She graduated from Chaparral High School in 2005 and attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with a degree in History and English in May 2009.
Bracken wrote her first unpublished novel over her freshman year of college, and began Brightly Woven as a birthday present for her friend during her sophomore year, when she was nineteen years-old. In their review of the book, Publishers Weekly dubbed Bracken "a debut author to watch." Her debut placed third in the 2010 GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author.
In 2012, Disney Hyperion published the near-future, Young Adult thriller The Darkest Minds, the first book in the series of the same name. The series focuses on Ruby, a 16-year-old girl with special abilities that she has only just begun to understand. She breaks out of a "rehabilitation camp" in which she has been imprisoned and teams up with a rag-tag group of fellow camp escapees to find the Slip Kid, a leader who offers shelter to young people in danger and who possesses the secret to controlling one’s powers. The title of the first novel and the series was changed from Black is the Color to The Darkest Minds in November 2011.
On November 13, 2014, it was announced that Bracken had been tapped to author Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope: Being the Story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Rise of the Rebellion, a novelization of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Bracken replaces R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, who had been slated to write this novelization, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.
- Brightly Woven (March 23, 2010, ISBN 978-1-60684-038-2)
- The Darkest Minds series
- The Darkest Minds (December 18, 2012)
- Never Fade (October 15, 2013)
- In The Afterlight (October 28, 2014)
- Star Wars
- Episode IV A New Hope: Being the Story of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and the Rise of the Rebellion (June 23, 2015)
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- "Goodreads Announces the Winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards". publishersweekly.com. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- "New title! New title! New title!". tumblr.com. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- "RT Buzz Before the Books". rtbookreviews.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- Abrams, Rachel (April 20, 2011). "Fox options 'Black is the Color'". Variety.com. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- "Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces Bestselling Author Alexandra Bracken to Pen STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE Illustrated Novel". Disney Publishing Worldwide press release. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "Publishers Marketplace Dealmaker: Disney-Hyperion". publishersmarketplace.com/deals. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- Alexandra Bracken's Website
- Brightly Woven on Amazon.com
- Alexandra Bracken at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database