Rowell at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
|Born||February 24, 1973 |
|Genre||Young adult, New adult fiction, Contemporary fiction|
|Notable works||Fangirl, Carry On, Eleanor & Park, Runaways|
Rainbow Rowell (born February 24, 1973) is an American author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. Her young adult novels Eleanor & Park (2012), Fangirl (2013) and Carry On (2015) have been subjects of critical acclaim.
After leaving her position as a columnist, Rowell began working for an ad agency and writing what would become her first published novel, Attachments, as a pastime. Rowell had a baby during this period and stopped working on the manuscript for two years. The novel, a contemporary romantic comedy about a company's IT guy who falls in love with a woman whose email he has been monitoring, was published in 2011. Kirkus Reviews listed it as one of the outstanding debuts that year.
In 2013, Rowell published Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, another young adult novel. Both were named by The New York Times as among the best young adult fiction of the year. Eleanor & Park was also chosen by Amazon as one of the 10 best books of 2013, and as Goodreads' best young adult fiction of the year. DreamWorks reverted the rights to make Eleanor & Park into a movie back to Rainbow Rowell.
Rowell's work gained some negative attention in 2013 when a parents' group at a Minnesota high school challenged Eleanor & Park and Rowell was disinvited to a library event; a panel ultimately determined that the book could stay on library shelves. Rowell noted in an interview that the material that these parents were calling "profane" was what many kids in difficult situations realistically had to deal with, and that "when these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they’re saying that rising above your situation isn’t possible."
Rowell's fourth novel, Landline, a contemporary adult novel about a marriage in trouble, was released on July 8, 2014. Also in 2014, Rowell signed a two-book deal with First Second to author two young adult graphic novels, the first of which will be illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks.
Rowell announced in December 2014 that her fifth book, Carry On, would be published in October 2015. It was published on October 6, 2015. Carry On is based on the book series central to the plot of Fangirl. It acts as the eighth book in a fictional series by Gemma T. Leslie about a boy "mage" named Simon Snow who attends a "magical" school called Watford. In his eighth year at school, Simon struggles to come to terms with his calling as the "Chosen One" meant to destroy the Insidious Humdrum, a magical force destroying the "world of mages." He embarks on his quest with his best friend Penelope and his girlfriend Agatha, all the while struggling with T. Basilton "Baz" Pitch, his vampire nemesis. Although it exists in a fantasy world and within Fangirl was part of a series, the novel is a standalone book. It is influenced by fan fiction, particularly the popularity of fan fiction of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
On June 3, 2018, Rowell announced via Twitter that she was working on her sixth novel, Wayward Son, a sequel to Carry On, and that it would be published on September 24, 2019.
On October 3, 2019, Rowell posted an image of a book cover with the title, "Any Way The Wind Blows" and the caption "coming soon." This book is assumed to be the third in the Simon Snow series, and a sequel to Wayward Son.
Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons.
- Eleanor & Park (2012)
- Fangirl (2013)
- Carry On (2015) (Simon Snow Series)
- Wayward Son (2019) (Simon Snow Series)
- Any Way The Wind Blows (2021) (Simon Snow Series)
- "Midnights", My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, ed. Stephanie Perkins (2014)
- Kindred Spirits (World Book Day Edition) (2016)
- "Rainbow Rowell loves local color". USATODAY.COM. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- Rowell, Rainbow (February 24, 2013). "Every year on my birthday, I think, "Hey! It's Abe Vigoda's birthday!" And then I'm happy he's still alive". Twitter (verified account). Retrieved October 23, 2015.
- Grady, Constance (June 3, 2019). "YA phenomenon Rainbow Rowell on how to write for a giant fandom". Vox.
- Serrao, Nivea (2017-06-01). "Rainbow Rowell to write Marvel's new Runaways series". ew.com. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
- Solem-Pfeifer, Chance. "Q&A: Rainbow Rowell transitions from newspaper columns to novels". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
- Ford, Ashley C. (August 7, 2014). "How Rainbow Rowell Turned A Bomb Into A Best-Selling Novel". BuzzFeed Books. BuzzFeed. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Outstanding Debuts of 2011". Kirkus Reviews. 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Kellogg, Carolyn (December 3, 2013). "NaNoWriMo results: 42,008 new novels written in November". The LA Times. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Schulten, Katherine (December 4, 2013). "What Are the Best Things You've Read, Watched, Heard or Played This Year?". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Deutsch, Lindsay (November 7, 2013). "Amazon releases its 10 best books of 2013". USA Today. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Willett, Megan (December 3, 2013). "The Best New Books Of The Year, According To Goodreads". Business Insider. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Elavsky, Cindy (27 April 2014). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- Prather, Shannon (November 22, 2013). "Challenged book to stay on Anoka High library shelves". The Star Tribune. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Ortberg, Mallory (September 14, 2013). "A Chat With Rainbow Rowell About Love and Censorship". The Toast. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Maslin, Janet (9 July 2014). "Marriage Gone Sour? Go Home to Ma Bell - In Rainbow Rowell's 'Landline,' Magic May Fix Things". New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- Brissey, Breia (January 30, 2014). "Rainbow Rowell signs two-book deal with First Second -- EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- "Rainbow Rowell's Next Book Carry On is a Fangirl Spinoff Starring Simon Snow". Tor.com. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- "Carry On". Rainbow Rowell. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
- "Rainbow Rowell Says Carry On Isn't Fanfiction, It's Canon". Tor.com. Retrieved 2015-10-10.
- "Rainbow Rowell announces sequel to her fifth novel, Carry On". Twitter.com. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
- "'Eleanor & Park' movie isn't happening, says Rainbow Rowell". Hypable. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
- "'Eleanor and Park' Author Rainbow Rowell Talks 'Fifty Shades' and Franzen". Time.
- Rowell, Rainbow. "She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons". About — Rainbow Rowell.
- "My True Love Gave To Me". www.rainbowrowell.com. Retrieved October 27, 2015.