Maggie Stiefvater

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Margaret Stiefvater (/ˈstvɑːtər/ STEE-vah-tər; born November 18, 1981) is an American writer of Young Adult fiction, known mainly for her series of fantasy novels The Wolves of Mercy Falls and The Raven Cycle. She currently lives in Virginia.[1]

Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater Blue Tile .jpg
BornHeidi Hummel
(1981-11-18) November 18, 1981 (age 38)
Harrisonburg, Virginia, US
Alma materUniversity of Mary Washington (B.A.)
GenreFantasy, Young Adult fiction
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Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Stiefvater was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She described herself as an "anxious child with many phobias."[2] As a child, she wanted to be a fighter pilot and race-car driver[3] and was a voracious reader who enjoyed writing.[4] By age 16, she was submitting manuscripts to publishers.[4] After being home-schooled from sixth grade on,[5] Stiefvater attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a B.A. in history.[6] By the time she had entered college, she had already written over 30 novels, including four thrillers about the Irish Republican Army, a historical blockade runner novel, and a high-fantasy novel about "impassioned enchanters fighting among civil unrest."[4] At 16, she legally changed her first name from Heidi to Margaret.[7] Her maiden name was Hummel.[8] After graduating, she worked as a portrait artist, specializing in equestrian art.[9] In 2010, she gave a TEDx Talk for NASA entitled "How Bad Teens Become Famous People",[10] in which she reflects on her youth as a "Bad Teen" and how those years have impacted her.

Writing careerEdit

Stiefvater published her first novel, Lament, in 2008.[11] Before Lament had been released, she sold the rights to Ballad, the sequel to Lament, and to Shiver, the first book in the trilogy The Wolves of Mercy Falls.[12] Shiver spent more than 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.[13] There are over 1.7 million copies of The Wolves of Mercy Falls series in print and more than thirty-six foreign editions have been licensed.[14]

In 2011, Stiefvater published The Scorpio Races, which received 5 starred reviews and was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book.[15]

Stiefvater has been very open about sharing her techniques and methods when writing. She has a series of blog posts entitled "how i write" describing her different approaches and sharing advice.[16] In 2018 and 2019, Maggie Stiefvater gave writing seminars entitled Portraits & Dreams: Writing with Maggie Stiefvater.[17] It included a lecture and a Q&A. She gave this lecture in Edinburgh, New York City, Seattle, Austin, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vancouver.[18]


Stiefvater plays various musical instruments.[19] She recorded original compositions for the audio books of The Scorpio Races[20] and The Raven Cycle.[21] She has a SoundCloud account where she releases her original tracks.[22] Stiefvater is very connected to music and has released playlists for some of her novels of songs she listened to while writing.[23]


Self portrait by the author.

Before turning to writing full-time, Stiefvater was a professional portrait artist, specializing in colored pencil.[24] She currently has her own Etsy page and Society6 page where she sells her original art.

Stiefvater also created a Tarot card deck, The Raven's Prophecy Tarot Cards in September of 2015.[25]

She was asked to create a poster for the American Library Association to promote reading.[26] The poster includes characters from The Raven Cycle and the phrase "The future belongs to those who read."


Stiefvater greatly enjoys cars, especially fast ones.[27] She has completed a stunt driving class.[28] She has worked as an automotive journalist.[29][30]

Stiefvater has frequently used her passion for vehicles to promote her novels. To promote the second book of The Raven Cycle, The Dream Thieves, Stiefvater spray-painted her own car. She later allowed fans to also spray-paint the vehicle at the book's launch in Kansas City on September 18th, 2013.[31] She repeated this for another event in October of 2016, where she let fans paint her Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.[32][33] In 2013 Stiefvater went rally racing in a race car printed with the cover of The Raven Boys.[34][35]

In 2015, Stiefvater drove her Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in a race against fellow author John Green at the Princeton Speedway.[36][37] Both their vehicles caught fire.[38][39]

Personal lifeEdit

Stiefvater has a personal blog where she shares her life events.[40] Stiefvater is married to a "straight-laced husband"[41] and has two children.[42] She has four dogs named Winnie, Parsifal, Jane, and Rose.[43] She also has nine goats[44] and a horse. [45]

After publishing The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater discovered she was related to Glendower, a Welsh king she includes in the tale.[46]

In 2019, Stiefvater was diagnosed with Addison's disease after she collapsed on a book tour.[47] She has been very public about her health condition in the hope that it would raise awareness for others.[48]



Books of FaerieEdit

  • Lament (2008)
  • Ballad (2009)
  • Requiem (TBD)

The Wolves of Mercy FallsEdit

  • Shiver (2009)
  • Linger (2010)
  • Forever (2011)
  • Sinner (2014)

The Raven CycleEdit

  • The Raven Boys (2012)
  • The Dream Thieves (2013)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (2014)
  • The Raven King (2016)
  • Opal (2018)

The Dreamer TrilogyEdit

  • Call Down The Hawk (2019)
  • TBD
  • TBD

Other novelsEdit

  • The Scorpio Races (2011)
  • Spirit Animals Book 2: Hunted (2014)
  • Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures - with Jackson Pearce (2015)
  • All the Crooked Saints (2017)


  • The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories - with Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff (2012)
  • The Anatomy of Curiosity - with Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff (2015)

Short fictionEdit

  • The Hounds of Ulster (2010)
  • Non Quis, Sed Quid (2011)

Graphic NovelsEdit

Film adaptationsEdit

Unique Features, in association with Warner Bros., optioned Shiver's film rights shortly after the book was released.[50] A screenplay was written by Nick Pustay.[51][52]

It was reported in 2011 that David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions would produce a film of Scorpio Races.[53] New Line Cinema, in conjunction with Weed Road, optioned the film rights for The Raven Boys shortly before the book's release in September 2012.[54]

In 2019, Stiefvater wrote the pilot for a TV show of The Raven Cycle.[55]



  • Debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list
  • Indies Choice Book Award Finalist
  • ALA Best Books for Young Adults
  • ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
  • Amazon Top Ten Books for Teens
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009
  • Border's Original Voices Pick & Finalist
  • Barnes & Noble 2009 Top Twenty Books for Teens
  • CBC Children's Choice Awards Finalist
  • 2010 SIBA Book Award, Finalist
  • Glamour's Best Book to Curl Up With
  • VOYA's Perfect Ten, 2009
  • BDB Top Young Reads of 2009


  • ALA 2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  • ALA 2010 Best Books for Young Adults
  • SIBA Book Award Nominee
  • Starred review, Publisher's Weekly
  • Starred review, Booklist
  • Starred review, KLIATT

The Scorpio RacesEdit

  • Michael L. Printz Award Honor, 2012[56]
  • The Odyssey Honor Award 2012 for Best Audio Production
  • Los Angeles Times Book Times Award Finalist, 2012
  • ALA Notable Books for Children, 2012
  • The New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2011
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of 2011
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best, 2012
  • Amazon's Best Books for Teens 2011
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus' Best Teen Books of the Year (2011) [57]
  • Horn Book Best Books of 2011
  • Children's Book Committee 2012 Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Finalist, 2012 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012
  • 2012 NCTE/ CLA Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts

The Raven BoysEdit

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award

The Dream ThievesEdit

  • Detcon1 Member Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction
  • School Library Journal's Best Books of 2013
  • Chapters-Indigo Best Books of 2013

Blue Lily, Lily BlueEdit

  • TIME Magazine Season's Most Anticipated Reads
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Amazon Books Editors' Selection: Fall Favorites
  • 2013 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
  • Autumn 2012 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Audiofile's Best Audiobooks of the Year for 2012
  • Indigo Top 25 of 2012
  • BCCB Blue Ribbons 2012
  • Leserpreis 2013, Best Fantasy
  • One of Rolling Stone's Best 40 YA Novels

See alsoEdit


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  55. ^ Stiefvater, Maggie (2019-08-31). "Oh right, I read chapter 14 really recently, though, when I wrote the pilot for the TV show (yes, it's still in development, KEEP BEING PATIENT)". @mstiefvater. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
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