Margaret Stohl

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Margaret Stohl
Paris - Salon du livre 2013 - Kami Garcia - Margaret Stohl 003.jpg
Stohl at a 2013 book fair
in Salon du Livre, Paris
Born 1967 (age 49–50)
Pasadena, California, US
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Young adult, fantasy, romance
Notable works Beautiful Creatures; "Mighty Captain Marvel" for Marvel Comics
Notable awards

Knox Prize for English Literature, Amherst College. (1989) William C. Morris Award, YALSA, ALA, Finalist, for Beautiful Creatures, with Kami Garcia. (2010)

Most Innovative Game Design, Game Developers Conference Spotlight Award, Finalist, for Zork Grand Inquisitor. (1998)
Spouse Lewis Peterson
Relatives Burton Stohl (father), David Stohl (brother)

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times bestselling American author of 11 novels. She was born in Pasadena, California in 1967.


Stohl is the co-author, along with her friend Kami Garcia of the "Caster Chronicles" book series, starting with Beautiful Creatures. The series, currently consisting of four books and a novella collection, is generally classified as a contemporary young adult fantasy novel, with particular interest for teens. It is set in the fictional small town of Gatlin, South Carolina in the Southern United States, and deals with a group of townspeople, friends, witches (called "Casters" in the books), and numerous other magical creatures.

The first book, Beautiful Creatures reached International Bestseller Status and is on the New York Times Best Seller List. It has been published in 39 countries and translated into 28 languages. It was made into the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.[1][2] Her books and the film adaptation have found wide audiences. Two spin-off books by Stohl and Garcia, Dangerous Creatures and Dangerous Deception, were also best-sellers.

Following the release of her first two solo novels, the YA science fiction Icons series (Icons and Idols, optioned for development by Alcon Entertainment, the team behind the Beautiful Creatures feature film), Margaret began to work with Sana Amanat of Marvel Comics and Emily Meehan of Marvel Press (a part of Disney Publishing) on a series of YA novels featuring the popular Marvel Avengers character Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. Black Widow: Forever Red was an instant New York Times bestseller, and given generally favorable reviews, including an "A" rating by Entertainment Weekly.[3][4] Black Widow: Red Vengeance soon followed.

After writing two one-shots for Marvel Comics (based on a YA character invented for the novels, Ava Orlova, also known as the Red Widow) Margaret was asked to write the Mighty Captain Marvel comic on an ongoing basis in December of 2016. After G. Willow Wilson, Margaret became the second female creator ever invited to attend the Marvel Creative Summit.

In April of 2017, Margaret released her eleventh YA novel, Royce Rolls, a satirical look at Los Angeles' celebrity culture. The book was published by Disney's Freeform Press, and released with a Royce Rolls / Freeform book trailer lampooning a reality television family.

Margaret Stohl also works in the video game industry. She formerly worked for Activision, Westwood Studios, and Electronic Arts and, with her husband Lewis Peterson, cofounded 7 Studios (fr; nl). She still consults on videogame projects. Her brother, David Stohl, runs the Activision-owned studio Infinity Ward and works on the Call of Duty franchise.

A graduate of Amherst College, where she won the Knox Prize for English Literature, Margaret earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University and completed coursework for a doctorate in American Studies at Yale University. Margaret was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford and in Film Studies at Yale. She attended the Creative Writing program of the University of East Anglia, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George MacBeth.[1]

Margaret co-founded two literacy-based non-profits for teen and youth, the YALLFEST book festival in Charleston, South Carolina (with her former writing partner, Kami Garcia, as well as Jonathan Sanchez of Charleston's Blue Bicycle Books) and the YALLWEST book festival in Santa Monica, California (with best-selling author and friend, Melissa de la Cruz.) The two festivals are the largest dedicated youth and teen festivals in the United States. Margaret is also a regional board member for Facing History and Ourselves, an organization dedicated to advocating empathy and eliminating bias (whether based on race, religion, gender or sexuality) in schools.



The Beautiful Creatures Novels (contemporary fantasy series)

There are four books in the series, along with five additional e-novellas (also cowritten with Kami Garcia). They are often known to fans as "The Caster Chronicles."

  1. Beautiful Creatures (2009) ISBN 978-0-316-23168-8
  2. Beautiful Darkness (2010) ISBN 978-0-316-12917-6
  3. Dream Dark (2011) e-novella only[5]
  4. Beautiful Chaos (2011) ISBN 978-0-316-19306-1
  5. Beautiful Redemption (2012) ISBN 978-0-316-21460-5
The Dangerous Creatures Novels (contemporary fantasy series)

There are two books in the spin-off series (also cowritten with Kami Garcia) featuring popular characters from the original series.

  1. Dangerous Dream (2013) e-novella only[6]
  2. Dangerous Creatures (2014) ISBN 978-0-316-37031-8
  3. Dangerous Deception (2015) ISBN 978-0-316-38363-9
The Icons Series (dystopian sci-fi series)

There are two books in the series thus far.

  1. Icons (2013)  ISBN 9780316231992
  2. Idols (2014) ISBN 9781306946971
Marvel's Black Widow Prose Novels (Marvel superhero series)

There are two Black Widow books in the Black Widow YA series, thus far.

  1. Black Widow: Forever Red (2015)
  2. Black Widow: Red Vengeance (2016)

Royce Rolls (comic contemporary novel) (2017) [7]


Mighty Captain Marvel (2016-2017) (ongoing)


  1. ^ a b Authors
  2. ^ Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on 'Beautiful Redemption'
  3. ^ "'Forever Red' by Margaret Stohl: EW Review". 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  4. ^ Loftus, Hikari (2015-10-10). "YA author Margaret Stohl helps create new Marvel superhero in 'Black Widow: Forever Red'". Retrieved 2017-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Dream Dark". Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Books". Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Margaret Stohl On 'Royce Rolls' and Writing Reality TV". 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-04-03. 

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