Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer
Born (1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 33)
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.[1]
Occupation Novelist
Genre Young adult fantasy and science fiction
Notable works The Lunar Chronicles Heartless.
Spouse Jesse Taylor[1]

Marissa Meyer is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Cinder, was released on January 3, 2012. It is the first in her series The Lunar Chronicles.

Life and career[edit]

Meyer was born in Tacoma, Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University, where she received a degree in creative writing. Before writing Cinder, Meyer worked as a book editor for five years and wrote Sailor Moon fan fiction under the pen name of Alicia Blade. In an interview with The News-Tribune, she said that doing the fan fiction helped her learn the craft of writing, gave her instant feedback and taught her how to take criticism.[1]

Meyer is married to Jesse Taylor.[1] In 2015, she and her husband adopted their twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney.[2]

Meyer states that she was initially inspired to write Cinder after participating in the 2008 National Novel Writing Month contest where she wrote a story focusing on a futuristic version of Puss in Boots.[1] The Lunar Chronicles is a four book series (tetralogy) with volumes based on the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.[1][3] The first book, Cinder, was a New York Times bestseller.[4]

In 2013 Meyer received a two-book deal from Feiwel & Friends for a young adult series featuring the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. The first book, Heartless, was set for a Fall 2016 release. It is a stand-alone novel. Publishers Weekly announced that she would write a superhero series afterward.[5]


The Lunar Chronicles[edit]

Main article: The Lunar Chronicles
  • Cinder (2012)
  • Scarlet (2013)
  • Cress (2014)
  • Winter (2015)
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story (2015)
  • Stars Above (2016, short stories collection)
  • Wires and Nerve (graphic novel) (2017)


  • Heartless (2016)
  • "Glitches" in Burniac, Lauren, ed. (2015). Fierce Reads: Kisses and Curses. Square Fish. ISBN 9781250060532. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f Sailor, Craig. "Tacoma novelist hits it big with her futuristic story "Cinder"". The News Tribune. Tacoma News - McClatchy Company. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. 
  2. ^ Meyer, Marissa. "ID". Marissa Meyer. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  3. ^ 'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer joins fleet of fairy tale-based books (Exclusive excerpt) USA Today
  4. ^ Fowler, Tara (February 14, 2013). "Marissa Meyer talks 'Scarlet,' her worries over 'Cinder,' and a potential movie -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Deahl, Rachel (September 30, 2013). "Book Deals: Week of September 30, 2013". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 

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