Margaret Stohl

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Margaret Stohl
Stohl at a 2013 book fair in Salon du Livre, Paris
Stohl at a 2013 book fair
in Salon du Livre, Paris
Born 1967
Pasadena, California, U.S.
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 (/stl/; born 1967) is an American novelist. She is the author of 11 novels, as well as 4 volumes of comics and several videogames. She was born in Pasadena, California, and now lives in Santa Monica and Seattle.

Writing career[edit]


Stohl is best known as 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, two spin off 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.

Beautiful Creatures debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List and quickly became an international bestseller, published in 39 countries and translated into 28 languages. It was made into the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.[1][2] which featured an all-star cast including Alden Ehrenreich (best known for playing the young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story) as well as Emmy Rossum, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Zoe Deutch, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Mann. The film adaptation was written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. Both the books and the film adaptation have found wide audiences.

In April 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 trailer lampooning a reality television family.[3]

On September 4, 2018, Margaret and Lewis will release their first book together (Margaret's twelfth published novel, and first middle grade novel) Cats Vs. Robots: This is War [4] illustrated by their child, Kay Peterson, a visual arts major at Interlochen Arts Academy. The book will be published by Katherine Tegan Books at Harper Collins.


Following the release of her solo 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.[5][6] 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 in December 2016, followed by Generations, Legacy: Dark Origins, and Life of Captain Marvel. After G. Willow Wilson, Margaret became the second female creator ever invited to attend the Marvel Creative Summit.

Issue #1 of Life of Captain Marvel, with artists Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage, was well-received and well-reviewed [7] on July 18, 2018. G. Willow Wilson tweeted, "I have rarely heard editors talk about any book the way they talk about this innovative, literary upending of the superhero genre. Do not miss!"[8] Margaret has previously released three collected volumes of Mighty Captain Marvel as trade editions; "Life" will be the fourth.


Margaret also works in the video game industry. Notable writing credits include Activision's classic adventure games Zork Nemesis and Zork Grand Inquisitor (as both writer and lead designer, for which she was nominated for "Most Innovative Game Design" at the Game Developers' Conference Spotlight Awards in 1998); Westwood Studios' real time strategy titles Dune 2000, Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun; Activision's Marvel titles Spiderman and Fantastic Four; Bethesda's Legend of Jack Sparrow, among others. In 1999, Margaret co-founded the developer 7 Studios with her husband Lewis Peterson;[9] they ran the studio together until 2011, when 7 was acquired by Activision.

After taking a hiatus from the game industry to establish her career as a novelist, in 2017 Margaret began to work as a consulting writer for Activision/Blizzard again, ultimately joining the game developer Bungie as a Narrative Director for the Destiny franchise.[10] In July of 2018, her twitter and instagram profiles listed her position as Bungie Incubation Narrative Director. [11]

Her brother, David Stohl, runs Infinity Ward and works on the Call of Duty franchise.[12]


A graduate of Amherst College, where she won the Knox Prize for English Literature[13], Margaret earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University[14] and completed coursework for a doctorate in American Studies at Yale University.[15] Margaret was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford and in Film Studies at Yale.[16] She attended the Creative Writing program of the University of East Anglia, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George MacBeth.[1]

Book Festivals[edit]

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. As an outspoken LGBT advocate and parent of a non-binary child, 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[17]
  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[18]
  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 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) [19]

Cats vs Robots: This is War [4] (humorous middle grade novel, with Lewis Peterson) (2018)


Life of Captain Marvel (2018) for Marvel Comics, edited by Sarah Brunstadt and Sana Amanat, art by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage.

Mighty Captain Marvel (2016-2017) (ongoing) for Marvel Comics

  • Issues #0-4, "Alien Nation," - edited by Sana Amanat, art by Ramon Rosanas; Issues #5-9, "Band of Sisters," - edited by Sana Amanat, art by Michele Bandini; "Generations: The Bravest; Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell, Issue #1" - edited by Sana Amanat, art by Brent Schoonover; "Captain Marvel: Legacy #125-129;" - edited by Sana Amanat, art by Michele Bandini.
  • Red Widow: The Last Opus (2016) one shot
  • Red Widow: First Strike (2015) one shot
  • Ms. Marvel: Ms. Grinch (2015) holiday one shot


  1. ^ a b Authors
  2. ^ Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on 'Beautiful Redemption'
  3. ^ "Royce Rolls: A Freeform Book by Margaret Stoh: Freeform". Freeform/YouTube, March 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Cats vs. Robots #1: This Is War - Kindle edition by Margaret Stohl, Lewis Peterson. Children Kindle eBooks @". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  5. ^ "'Forever Red' by Margaret Stohl: EW Review". 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  6. ^ Loftus, Hikari (2015-10-10). "YA author Margaret Stohl helps create new Marvel superhero in 'Black Widow: Forever Red'". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  7. ^ "The Life Of Captain Marvel #1 Reviews". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  8. ^ "G. will be at SDCC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  9. ^ "Lewis S. Peterson Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  10. ^ "Interview: How Bungie's Destiny 2 Comic Shines a Human Light on Destiny's Most Godlike Figures". WWG. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  11. ^ "Margaret Stohl (@margaret_stohl) • Instagram photos and videos". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  12. ^ "David Stohl Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  13. ^ "Margaret Stohl '89: Writer Creates Worlds in Unexpected Ways | The Amherst Student". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  14. ^ "Margaret Stohl '89: Writer Creates Worlds in Unexpected Ways | The Amherst Student". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  15. ^ "Margaret Stohl '89: Writer Creates Worlds in Unexpected Ways | The Amherst Student". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  16. ^ "Margaret Stohl '89: Writer Creates Worlds in Unexpected Ways | The Amherst Student". Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  17. ^ "Dream Dark". Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  18. ^ "Books". Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Margaret Stohl On 'Royce Rolls' and Writing Reality TV". 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-04-03.

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