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|Born||Martha E. Bray
March 11, 1964
She lived in Texas until she was 26 years old. After that she moved to New York City, where she now lives with her husband and fourteen-year-old son. Her father was a preacher and her mother, a teacher. In her autobiography on her official site she states:
|“||My dad was a Presbyterian minister. Yes, I am one of those dreaded P.K.s-Preacher's Kids. Be afraid. Be very afraid...||”|
Life and career
Bray was born in Alabama. At the age of eighteen, Bray was involved in a serious car accident and had to undergo thirteen surgeries in six years to reconstruct her face. She has an artificial left eye because of this accident.
Bray graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 as a Theatre major. As a budding playwright, she felt it important to be in New York. When her childhood best friend, already living in Manhattan, called saying she was looking for a roommate, Bray was soon on her way to New York. Her first job was in the publicity department of Penguin Putnam, followed by three years at Spier, an advertising agency specializing in book advertising.
Bray was encouraged to write a young adult novel by her husband, Barry Goldblatt, a children's book agent and Ginee Seo, an editor at Simon & Schuster. Before this, using a pseudonym, she had written three books for 17th Street Press (a publisher of romances).[clarification needed]
Her first novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty became a New York Times bestseller. In November 2006, a video promoting the book was a part of The Book Standard's Teen Book Video Awards. She wrote two more books to finish the trilogy she had started with A Great and Terrible Beauty: Rebel Angels and The Sweet Far Thing.
Libba is friends with many young adult authors including Maureen Johnson. Bray is also good friends with fellow YA fantasy authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare; all of them are represented by Bray's husband, a literary agent. Her blog can be read on http://libba-bray.livejournal.com/.
Going Bovine was published by Delacorte in 2009 and won the annual Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association recognizing literary excellence in young adult literature. It is a dark comedy about a 16 year old boy named Cameron who has mad cow disease and a 16-year-old dwarf named Gonzo whom he met in the hospital. Gonzo is a video gamer who thinks that everything is trying to kill him. Cameron has visitation from a punkish angel named Dulcie who has a propensity for spray-painting her wings. They are all on a mission to cure Cameron's mad cow disease.
Beauty Queens, about a group of beauty pageant contestants whose plane crashes on an island, was published by Scholastic Press on May 24, 2011.
Bray's newest novel, The Diviners, was published on September 18, 2012. It centers around Evie O'Neill, a seventeen year old with a special power who has been sent to live with her uncle in New York City in 1926. The sequel is expected to be released in spring of 2014.
- 21 Proms, Scholastic Paperbacks (2007)
- The Restless Dead, Candlewick (2007)
- Up All Night, HarperTeen (2008)
- Vacations from Hell, HarperTeen (2009)
- "The Thirteenth Step", a short story in The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire, ed. Trisha Telep, Running Press (2009)
- Going Bovine, Delacorte Books (2009)
- Beauty Queens, Scholastic Press (2011)
- The Diviners, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012)
- Libba Bray's Accident at 18
- Teen Book Video Awards Debut Tonight
- "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books". YALSA. American Library Association. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- Official Site
- Live Journal
- Book Video for A Great and Terrible Beauty
- Libba Bray at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Official site for The Diviners