Marta Acosta

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Pen name Grace Coopersmith
Occupation Novelist, writer
Language English
Nationality North America
Ethnicity Hispanic/Latina American
Alma mater Stanford University
Genre Fiction, chick-lit, urban fantasy, young adult literature
Notable works Casa Dracula series, The She-Hulk Diaries, The Shadow Girl Of Birch Grove
Website
www.martaacosta.com

Marta Acosta is an American author of young adult, urban fantasy, and chick-lit fiction, known for her Casa Dracula series and for her 2013 book The She-Hulk Diaries.[1] Acosta has also written under the pen name of Grace Coopersmith for her 2010 book Nancy's Theory of Style, which is based on a supporting character from her Casa Dracula series.

Background[edit]

Acosta has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times as a freelancer and attended Stanford University.[2] She met with some difficulty when trying to publish her work, as some publishers wanted her to write more in the magical realism genre popularized by Isabelle Allende, and of comparisons to other Latino or Latina writers, Acosta has stated that "All these Latino writers come from a different background ... No matter what they write, it's going to get compared to Gabriel Marquez. But they're not comparing all Irish-Americans to James Joyce."[2] In 2006 Acosta's Happy Hour at Casa Dracula was named one of Catalina magazine's "Top 5 Books by Latina Authors" for that year due to its characters and writing.[3] In 2010 Acosta chose to publish her young adult novel The Shadow Girl Of Birch Grove for free online via Scribd.[4] Acosta and her agent had previously sent the work out to various publishers, who had not shown any true interest in the work.[4] After the work was published online the book became the top ranked YA book on the site and Acosta received a book deal through Tor Books.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • Top 5 Books by Latina Authors by Catalina magazine (2006, won for Happy Hour at Casa Dracula)
  • RT Reviewers' Choice Award for The Bride of Casa Dracula (2008, nominated)[6]
  • RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Haunted Honeymoon (2010, nominated)[7]

Bibliography[edit]

Casa Dracula[edit]

  1. Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (2006)[8][9]
  2. Midnight Brunch (2007)[10]
  3. The Bride of Casa Dracula (2008)[11]
  4. Haunted Honeymoon (2010)[12][13]

Young adult works[edit]

  • The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove (2010)
  • Dark Companion (2012)[14][15]

Other works[edit]

  • Nancy's Theory of Style (2010, as Grace Coopersmith)
  • Wolfish in Sheep's Clothing (2011)
  • The She-Hulk Diaries (2013)[16][17][18][19]
  • Make It Catchy: The Quintessential Guide to Writing Query Letters (2013)
  • Girls Are Gone (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marta Acosta (reviews overview)". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cabrera, Marc (October 24, 2006). "Write-Minded Latina: Marta Acosta follows her snappy, comedic first novel with an appearance at The Author's Table.". The Monterey County Herald (subscription required). Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "CATALINA Magazine Announces ‘Top 5 Books by Latina Authors’ in 2006". Hispanic PR Wire. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Anders, Charlie Jane. "Author posts her vampire novel online for free — and gets an awesome book deal". io9. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Boog, Jason. "Marta Acosta Posts Free Vampire Novel; Lands Book Deal". GalleyCat. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Happy Hour at Casa Dracula.(Brief article)(Book review)". California Bookwatch (subscription required). October 1, 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Happy Hour at Casa Dracula (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Midnight Brunch (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Bride of Casa Dracula (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Huspeck, Joanne. "Book Review: Haunted Honeymoon by Marta Acosta". Seattle PI. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Haunted Honeymoon (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dark Companion (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dark Companion (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Marvel Comics Mashes Up Superheroes and Chick Lit — And It Sort of Works". Wired. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "The She-Hulk Diaries (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "The She-Hulk Diaries (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  19. ^ Scherstuhl, Alan. "She-Hulk and X-Man Chick Lit Novels Are Better Than Superhero Movies". Village Voice. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 

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