Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer (Librairie Mollat, 2018)
Marissa Meyer (Librairie Mollat, 2018)
Born (1984-02-19) February 19, 1984 (age 37)[1]
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.[2]
Alma materPacific Lutheran University (BA)
GenreYoung adult fantasy science fiction romance
Notable worksThe Lunar Chronicles, Heartless
SpouseJesse Taylor[2]

Marissa Meyer (born February 19, 1984)[1] is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Cinder, was released on January 3, 2012. It is the first in her series The Lunar Chronicles.

Early life and education[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.[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.[2] The Lunar Chronicles is a four book series with volumes based on the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White.[2][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 resulting book is called Renegades, which was released in the Fall of 2017.

In 2020 she released Instant Karma and in February 2021 it was optioned for television by HBO Max.[6]

In November 2021 she will release Gilded, a novel based on the story of Rumpelstiltskin.[7]

Since 2020 she has hosted The Happy Writer with Marissa Meyer, a podcast in which she interviews authors about their work.

Personal life[edit]

Meyer is married to Jesse Taylor.[2] In 2015, she and her husband adopted their twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney.[8]


The Lunar Chronicles[edit]

Related works[edit]

  • Fairest (2015) – prequel
  • Stars Above (2016) – anthology
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (2017) – graphic novel, illustrated by Douglas Holgate
  • Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue (2018) – graphic novel, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Renegades Trilogy[edit]

  • Renegades (2017)
  • Archenemies (2018)
  • Supernova (2019)

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Heartless (2016)
  • Instant Karma (2020)
  • Gilded (2021)


  1. ^ a b "Home". Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  2. ^ 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.
  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.
  6. ^ "HBO Max Options Marissa Meyer's 'Instant Karma' Novel for Series (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2021-02-26. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  7. ^ "Fantasy Author Marissa Meyer Reveals Her Next Book Cover: Gilded". io9. Retrieved 2021-02-27.
  8. ^ Meyer, Marissa. "ID". Marissa Meyer. Retrieved March 1, 2017.

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