Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater
Born Heidi Hummel
(1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 36)
Harrisonburg, Virginia, US
Occupation Writer
Alma mater University of Mary Washington (B.A.)
Genre Fantasy, Young Adult fiction

Margaret "Maggie" Stiefvater (/ˈstvɑːtər/ STEE-vah-tər; born November 18, 1981) is an American writer of Young Adult fiction. She currently lives in Virginia.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Stiefvater was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She described herself as an "anxious child with many phobias."[2] As a child, she wanted to be a fighter pilot and race-car driver[3] and was a voracious reader who enjoyed writing.[4] By age 16, she was submitting manuscripts to publishers.[4] After being home-schooled from sixth grade on,[5] Stiefvater attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history.[6] By the time she had entered college, she had already written over 30 novels, including four thrillers about the Irish Republican Army, a historical blockade runner novel, and a high-fantasy novel about "impassioned enchanters fighting among civil unrest."[4] At 16, she legally changed her first name from Heidi to Margaret.[7] Her maiden name was Hummel.[8] After graduating, she worked as a portrait artist, specializing in equestrian art,[9] which is collected internationally.[10]

Writing career[edit]

Stiefvater published her first novel, Lament, in 2008.[11] Before Lament had been released, she sold the rights to Ballad, the sequel to Lament, and to Shiver, the first book in the trilogy The Wolves of Mercy Falls.[12] Shiver spent more than 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.[13] In 2010, Linger debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller List.[14] There are over 1.7 million copies of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series in print and more than thirty-six foreign editions have been licensed.[15]

In 2011, Stiefvater published The Scorpio Races, which received 5 starred reviews and was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book.[16]


Stiefvater is also known for her music. She played the highland bagpipes competitively while in college, and began a Celtic band, Ballynoola, that toured on the eastern seaboard.[17] She plays multiple other instruments as well.[18] With her sister, Kate Hummel, she writes and records a piece of music for each novel she releases. These are released to the public in the form of animated book trailers.[19] "Stiefvater" is also known for drawing on guitars with Sharpies and giving them away to fans at major events.[20]


Portrait of the artist as a cartoon character

Before turning to writing full-time, Stiefvater was a professional portrait artist, specializing in colored pencil.[21]

Stiefvater also animates the book trailers for each of her books, using both stop-motion animation and traditional animation techniques.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Stiefvater is married and has two children.[23]



Books of Faerie[edit]

  • Lament (2008)
  • Ballad (2009)
  • Requiem (TBD)

The Wolves of Mercy Falls[edit]

  • Shiver (2009)
  • Linger (2010)
  • Forever (2011)
  • Sinner (2014)

The Raven Cycle[edit]

  • The Raven Boys (2012)
  • The Dream Thieves (2013)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014)
  • The Raven King (2016)

Other novels[edit]

  • The Scorpio Races (2011)
  • Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted (2014)
  • Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures - with Jackson Pearce (2015)
  • All the Crooked Saints (2017)


  • The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories - with Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff (2012)
  • The Anatomy of Curiosity - with Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff (2015)

Short fiction[edit]

  • The Hounds of Ulster (2010)
  • Non Quis, Sed Quid (2011)

Film adaptations[edit]

Unique Features, in association with Warner Bros., optioned Shiver's film rights shortly after the book was released.[24] A screenplay was written by Nick Pustay.[25][26] In 2011, the option lapsed. Warner Bros. optioned the film rights to The Scorpio Races shortly after that book was released.[27] David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions will produce the film.[28] New Line Cinema, in conjunction with Weed Road, optioned the film rights for The Raven Boys shortly before the book's release in September 2012. No screenplay has been written; casting has not begun.[29]



  • Debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list
  • Indies Choice Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • Amazon Top Ten Books for Teens
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
  • Border's Original Voices Pick & Finalist
  • Barnes & Noble 2009 Top Twenty Books for Teens
  • CBC Children's Choice Awards Finalist
  • 2010 SIBA Book Award, Finalist
  • Glamour's Best Book to Curl Up With
  • VOYA's Perfect Ten, 2009
  • BDB Top Young Reads of 2009


  • ALA 2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • ALA 2010 Best Books for Young Adults
  • SIBA Book Award Nominee
  • Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
  • Starred review, Booklist
  • Starred review, KLIATT

The Scorpio Races[edit]

  • Michael L. Printz Award Honor, 2012
  • The Odyssey Honor Award 2012 for Best Audio Production
  • Los Angeles Times Book Times Award Finalist, 2012
  • ALA Notable Books for Children, 2012
  • The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2011
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, 2012
  • Amazon's Best Books for Teens 2011
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus' Best Teen Books of the Year (2011)
  • Horn Book Best Books of 2011
  • Children's Book Committee 2012 Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Finalist, 2012 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature
  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012
  • 2012 NCTE/ CLA Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts

The Raven Boys[edit]

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

The Dream Thieves[edit]

  • Detcon1 Member Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013
  • Chapters-Indigo Best Books of 2013

Blue Lily, Lily Blue[edit]

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • 2013 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Audiofile's Best Audiobooks of the Year for 2012
  • Indigo Top 25 of 2012
  • BCCB Blue Ribbons 2012
  • Leserpreis 2013, Best Fantasy
  • One of Rolling Stone's Best 40 YA Novels

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Maggie Stiefvater's Biography". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Maggie Stiefvater on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ Stanton, Doug. "Maggie Stiefvater Talks New Novel 'The Raven Boys,' Fast Cars, and YA Fiction". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ a b c Staley, Erin. Maggie Stiefvater. 
  5. ^ "School Library Journal". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Whois Lookup". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater – In Which Maggie Helps With Homework". 2011-01-25. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  8. ^ "What is Stiefvater's political stance?". Tumbrl. 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  9. ^ "Fine Art and Glass Gallery Richmond Virginia". Chasen Galleries. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  10. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over portraitswithcharacter. Deze website is te koop!". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  11. ^ Leitich, Cynthia (2008-10-14). "Cynsations: Author Interview: Maggie Stiefvater on Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  12. ^ Thornton, Matthew (2008-09-15). "Deals: Elements of Graphic Style". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Fantasy writer makes real impact on fiction genre". National Writers Series. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  14. ^ "Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater – This is a Video That I Never, Ever Thought I'd Post". 2010-07-21. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  15. ^ "Maggie Stiefvater's Biography". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  16. ^ Bartel, Julie. "One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with Maggie Stiefvater". YALSA The Hub. American Library Association. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  17. ^ Stiefvater, Maggie (2006-06-28). "Greywaren Art: Carytown Series Underway!". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  18. ^ Lodge, Sally (2012-06-05). "PW Talks with Maggie Stiefvater". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  19. ^ "Maggie Stiefvater". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  20. ^ "Win a Maggie Stiefvater original Sharpie guitar!". National Writers Series. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  21. ^ "Maggie Stiefvater on Creating an Animated Book Trailer for The Raven Boys". Children's Book Council ( August 6, 2012. Archived 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  22. ^ "The Making of the Book Trailer for THE RAVEN BOYS". Maggie Stiefvater. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  23. ^ "CW and Werewolves? Shiver Has Worldwide Buzz, to Launch at WM Bookstore". Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. August 2, 2009. Archived 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  24. ^ "Mersey Reporter & Southport Reporter – News page". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  25. ^ "Screenwriter hired for movie of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater". Novel Novice. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  26. ^ "Unique sparks to 'Shiver'". Variety. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  27. ^ "Words on Words by Maggie Stiefvater – Movies Make Me Burn Brownies". 2011-10-27. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  28. ^ "Warner Bros. Developing 'Scorpio Races' Fantasy (Exclusive)". 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  29. ^ "New Line Picks Up Maggie Stiefvater's YA Novel 'The Raven Boys'". 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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