Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare by Gage Skidmore, 2013 b.jpg
Clare speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Born Judith Rumelt
(1973-07-27) July 27, 1973 (age 41)
Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genres Young adult fiction
Literary movement Contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, and fantasy of manners
Notable work(s) The Mortal Instruments series
Spouse(s) Joshua Lewis

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Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, most known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.[1][2][3]

Personal life

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.[4] Her maternal grandfather was film producer Max Rosenberg.[5] Clare is Jewish, and has described her family as "not religious".[6][7]

As a child, Clare traveled frequently, spending time in Switzerland, England, and France. She returned to Los Angeles for high school, and from then on split her time between California and New York, where she worked at various entertainment magazines and tabloids, including The Hollywood Reporter.[8]

While living in Los Angeles Clare began writing fan fiction using the name Cassandra Claire. The Draco Trilogy based on Harry Potter and The Very Secret Diaries based on The Lord of the Rings were popular.[9][10] However, she deleted her fan fiction from the Internet shortly before her first novel, The City of Bones, was published under the name Cassandra Clare.[1]

She is also friends with author Holly Black, and their books occasionally overlap, Clare mentioning characters from Black's novels and vice versa, such as Val and Luis from Black's Valiant.[11]

Clare is also credited by her publisher with creating the "City of Fallen Angels treatment" where a tangible "letter" from one character to another is attached to the back of physical copies of a book. The goal is to spur print book sales.[12]

She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Joshua Lewis, and three cats.[1][13]

The Mortal Instruments series

In 2004, Clare started working on her first-published novel, City of Bones, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan. City of Bones was released by Simon & Schuster in 2007.

City of Bones, a contemporary fantasy story revolving around characters Clary Fray, Jace Wayland, and Simon Lewis, became a New York Times bestseller upon its release. City of Ashes and City of Glass (Mortal Instruments) completed the trilogy. In 2009, a fourth installment, City of Fallen Angels, was announced. It was published on April 5, 2011.[14]

Clare has stated that City of Fallen Angels is actually the start of a second Mortal Instruments cycle, which will include two other books named City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire. She said this new cycle is going to be centered on the same characters as in the first cycle, as well as a few new characters we will meet in the new books.[15]

In 2009, Clare also announced a new series of prequels called The Infernal Devices set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but in the Victorian era. This series is planned to consist of three books: Clockwork Angel, published on August 31, 2010, Clockwork Prince, published on December 6, 2011, and Clockwork Princess, published on March 19, 2013.[16]

The Mortal Instruments was made into a film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), by Unique Features and Constantin Film.[17] First-time writer Jessica Postigo wrote the screenplay,[18] based on the first book in the series.[19] Lily Collins played Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower played Jace Wayland.

Awards

City of Bones

  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[20]
  • Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007
  • An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008[21]
  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[20]
  • Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award[22]
  • Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award[23]
  • A Texas TAYSHAS title 2010[24]
  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award[25]
  • Shortlisted for The 2010 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award[26]
  • Shortlisted for The North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award[27]
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (Teen) 2010[28]
  • Iowa High School Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[29]
  • North Carolina YA Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[30]
  • New Hampshire Flume Teen Reader’s Choice Award Nominee, 2010[31]
  • Nevada Young Readers’ Award Nominee 2010[32]
  • Ohio Buckeye Teen Book Award Nominee, 2009[33]
  • Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave Reading List Title 2008[34]
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[35]
  • Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards[36]

City of Ashes

  • A 2009 ALA Teens Top Ten Title[37]

Bibliography

The Mortal Instruments

City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire were originally a sequel trilogy of The Mortal Instruments.

A companion book, The Shadowhunter's Codex, was published in 2013.

The Infernal Devices

The Dark Artifices

  • Lady Midnight (2015)
  • Prince of Shadows (unknown)
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness (unknown)

The Bane Chronicles

Magisterium Series

This series is co-written with Holly Black.

  • The Iron Trial (September 2014)

Short fiction

  • "The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord", Turn the Other Chick, ed. Esther Friesner, Baen Books (2004) (writing as Cassandra Claire)[41]
  • "Charming", So Fey, ed. Steve Berman, Haworth Press (2007)
  • "Graffiti", Magic in the Mirrorstone, ed. Steve Berman, Mirrorstone Books (2008)
  • "Other Boys", The Eternal Kiss, ed. Trisha Telep, Running Press (2009)
  • "The Mirror House", Vacations from Hell, ed. Farrin Jacobs, HarperCollins (2009)
  • "I Never", Geektastic, ed. Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci, Little, Brown (2009)
  • "Cold Hands", ZVU: Zombies Versus Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, Simon and Schuster (2010)

Fan fiction (writing as Cassandra Claire)

  • The Draco Trilogy: "Draco Dormiens", "Draco Sinister", and "Draco Veritas" (Harry Potter)[9]
  • The Very Secret Diaries (The Lord of the Rings)[10]
  • Mortal Instruments (Harry Potter)
  • Written (Harry Potter)
  • A Season in Hell (Harry Potter)
  • After the Flood (Harry Potter, sequel to A Season in Hell)
  • A Lot to be Upset About (Harry Potter)
  • Something Impossible (Harry Potter)
  • Caveat Lector (Harry Potter)

References

  1. ^ a b c Alter, Alexandra (June 15, 2012). "The New Queen of Fantasy: Cassandra Clare's Breakout". The Wall Street Journal. p. D2. 
  2. ^ Dill, Margo L. (March 14, 2010). "Potter Phenomenon". The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. p. F-3. 
  3. ^ "Best Sellers : Children's Books". New York Times. 2007-04-22. 
  4. ^ "features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/29/cassandra-clare-richard-rumelt/". 
  5. ^ "pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/651906611.html?dids=651906611:651906611&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Jun+17%2C+2004&author=Dennis+McLellan&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc=Obituaries%3B+Max+Rosenberg%2C+89%3B+Longtime+Producer+of+Classic+Horror+Films&pqatl=google". 2004-06-17. 
  6. ^ Clare, Cassandara (February 27, 2011). "The first chapter of City of Fallen Angels (and POV)". 
  7. ^ "Kids' Q&A Cassandra Clare". 
  8. ^ "Author's bio at Sony.com". 
  9. ^ a b "The Times article on The Draco Trilogy". 
  10. ^ a b "Author's Bio at LookingGlassReview.com". 
  11. ^ "www.cassandraclare.com/cms/faqs#valiant". 
  12. ^ Kaplan, David A. (August 29, 2012). "A most unusual father-daughter professional pairing". CNN Money. 
  13. ^ "www.cbcbooks.org/sub-news.php?id=847". 
  14. ^ "City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, #4)". goodreads.com. 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  15. ^ Clare, Cassandra (6 August 2010). "the news!". Cassandra Clare's Blog. LiveJournal. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "What are the publication dates of Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire?". 
  17. ^ "Cassandra Clare's Blog 23 August 2009". 
  18. ^ "The Mortal Instruments IMDB page". 
  19. ^ Clare, Cassandra (4 October 2010). "movie news". Cassandra Clare's Blog. LiveJournal. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "2010 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner Announced". Georgia Library Media Association. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  21. ^ "The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  22. ^ "Illinois' High School Readers' Choice Award". Illinois School Library Media Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  23. ^ "Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award". Pacific Northwest Library Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  24. ^ "Texas TAYSHAS title 2010". Texas Library Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  25. ^ "Evergreen Young Adult Book Award". King County Library System. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  26. ^ "Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award". Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book World. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  27. ^ "NCSLMA YA Book Award". North Carolina School Library Media Association. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  28. ^ "Grand Canyon Reader Award". Grand Canyon Reader Award. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  29. ^ "Iowa High School Book Award Nominee". Iowa Association of School Librarians. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  30. ^ "North Carolina YA Booklist". NCSLMA. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  31. ^ "NH Teen Reader's Choice Awards". New Hampshire Library Association. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  32. ^ "Nevada Young Reader's Award". Nevada Library Association. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  33. ^ "Teen Buckeye Book Award". Buckeye Children's Book Award. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  34. ^ "Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave List". Oregon Library Association. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  35. ^ "SCASL Young Adult Book Awards". South Carolina Association of School Librarians. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  36. ^ "Coventry Inspiration Book Awards". Coventry City Council. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  37. ^ "2009 ALA Teens Top Ten". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  38. ^ "Publishers Weekly". 
  39. ^ "‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire’ placeholder cover: "Who will survive?"". September 27, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  40. ^ "www.cassandraclare.com/my-writing/novels/the-bane-chronicles/". 
  41. ^ Friesner, Esther (2004). Turn the Other Chick. Baen Books. ISBN 0743488571. 

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