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Cabot in September 2012
|Born||Meggin Patricia Cabot|
February 1, 1967
Bloomington, Indiana, United States
|Pen name||Meggin Cabot|
|Genre||Chick-lit, Mystery, Romance|
|Notable works|| The Princess Diaries |
|Spouse||Benjamin D. Egnatz (m. 1993)|
Meggin Patricia Cabot (born February 1, 1967) is an American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teenagers and adults. She has written and published over fifty books and is best known for Princess Diaries , which was later adapted by Walt Disney Pictures into two feature films. Cabot's books have been the recipients of numerous awards, including the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, the American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, the Tennessee Volunteer State TASL Book Award, the Book Sense Pick, the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice, and many others.She has also had numerous number one New York Times bestsellers, and more than 25 million copies of her books are in print worldwide.
Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana.After she graduated from Indiana University, Cabot moved to New York City, with the original aim of pursuing a career as an illustrator. However, she soon quit this job and started working as an assistant manager of the freshman dormitory at New York University.
Meg Cabot married financial writer and poet Benjamin D. Egnatz on April 1, 1993. Their wedding date,April Fool's Day, was a deliberate play on her husband's belief that only fools get married in the first place. The wedding was actually an elopement in Italy. Her novel Every Boy's Got One is loosely based on her own elopement. She has cats, Henrietta (a one-eyed cat) (1993-Jan 2013) and Gem, about which she often blogs.
After living in Indiana, California, New York, and France, she now splits her time between New York, Key West, Florida, and Bloomington.
The Princess Diaries series is the most notable series written by Meg Cabot, and has been published in more than 40 countries.The first book in the series was published in October 2000; the series spent 38 weeks on the New York Times Children's Series Best Sellers List and was sold to publishers in 37 foreign countries.
In 2001 and 2004, respectively, the series was brought to the big screen by Walt Disney Pictures as The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.
In the UK and Australia, the books are published under titles based on the volume number (e.g.: Mia Goes Fourth).
Illustrated by Chelsey McLaren:
On January 6, 2009, a companion book to Volume X: Forever Princess entitled Ransom My Heart was published under the name Princess of Genovia, Mia Thermopolis by Avon Books, the adult division of HarperCollins, the Princess Diaries series publisher. All author proceeds from the novel, which was printed on 100% recycled paper, go to Greenpeace.
On May 2014, Cabot blogged that there will be two new books in the series, one adult book titled Royal Wedding and one spin-off middle-grade book, titled From The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, taken from the point of view of Mia's long-lost sister, Olivia Grace, to be published in Summer 2015.
Since that time Cabot has published two additional books and an ebook short for tweens featuring Olivia Grace as the protagonist. See the “Olivia Grace Series” below.
The Mediator Series is about a 16-year-old girl named Susannah "Suze" Simon. Suze is a mediator, whose role is to help ghosts finish their business on earth so they can pass on to the afterlife. To this end, she can see, touch, communicate with, hit, punch, and 'kick ghost butt' when she must. The series begins just after Suze's widowed mother marries Andy Ackerman, so Suze has moved to Carmel, California, to live in an old house complete with three stepbrothers. To make matters worse, her bedroom is haunted by an attractive male ghost named Jesse de Silva, who died 150 years earlier. Suze remembers that back in New York, a fortune teller had told her that she was a mediator (which proved correct) and that she would only fall in love once, but it would last for an eternity. Her one love for eternity just might be Jesse. But does he love her back?
The first four books were originally released under the pseudonym Jenny Carroll (this was when Cabot was working with different publishing houses). Haunted was the first title to have Meg Cabot's name on it. The first four books were later reprinted under Cabot's real name in 2005 with new cover art when Twilight was released in hardcover. The UK titles for the series were: Shadowland- Love You to Death, Ninth Key- High Stakes, Reunion- Mean Spirits, Darkest Hour- Young Blood, Haunted- Grave Doubts, and Twilight- Heaven Sent.
The Mediator series rights have been sold to producer Julia Pistor.
In December 2010, HarperTeen reprinted an omnibus edition titled The Mediator: Shadowland and Ninth Key.
This series revolves around Jessica Mastriani, an ordinary 16-year-old girl given extraordinary psychic powers after being struck by lightning. Her powers allow her to know the exact location of missing children; after seeing a picture of a person, they appear in her dreams. The first four books take place over less than a year, and chronicle her attempts to help missing children while trying to avoid the scrutiny of the federal government. The fifth book, published four years after the fourth book, picks up the story line after Jess has turned 19. Over the course of the books, Jess is romantically involved with Rob Wilkins, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
The first four books were written under Cabot's pseudonym, Jenny Carroll. After poor sales, the series was discontinued. Sales improved when the books were re-released in 2004 under Cabot's real name. Cabot was unhappy with the discontinuation; she stated that she wanted to take the series up to eight books. Her current publishing house agreed to publish one more installment. Missing You was released in December 2006 and that was the end of the series.
The 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series was the basis for the television show Missing , which aired on the Lifetime cable network for three seasons from 2003 to 2006.
The series has been reprinted in the US in an omnibus edition, and retitled Vanished.
The series revolves around Samantha Madison, a Washington, D.C. native, who, while skipping her after-school art class, saves the life of the president, and becomes a national hero. The two books are about her rise to fame and her love life with the president's son, David, who appears to want to take their relationship to the next level in the second book. There is also a short story called Another All American Girl in the anthology Our White House:Looking In, Looking Out, about Samantha's experience in the White House.
A sequel to the first Avalon High novel, instead of a regular novel, is part of a new partnership HarperCollins brokered with Tokyopop (a leading United States manga company). It has been released as a three-book manga series, called Avalon High: Coronation. The first manga, titled The Merlin Prophecy, was released on July 3, 2007 and was drawn by manga artist Jinky Coronado, who does the Banzai Girl manga. She also illustrated the other two manga.
The Avalon High film was shown on Disney Channel on November 12, 2010. Britt Robertson played Ally (Elaine), while Gregg Sulkin played Will.
This three-book series is about Emerson Watts, an overachieving high-school student. She wakes up after an accident, and discovers that her brain has been transplanted into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard. Now, she is no longer judged by her grades, but by her looks, and she has to fight the worldwide corporation, Stark Enterprises, if she wants to find out what really happened to her old life and to protect her friends and family.
Cabot has stated on her website that great excitement concerning the series in Hollywood and a strong possibility of it being turned either into a movie or a TV series exist .
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess is a series for "tween" readers featuring Princess Mia's half-sister, Olivia Grace. The books are illustrated by Meg Cabot.
These books are loosely connected romantic comedies told in emails, IMs, and brief journal entries. The Boy Next Door was a Kelly Ripa Book Club Pick on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.
The Heather Wells series is an adult mystery series that features former pop star Heather Wells. Heather was once a teen star, but was fired by her recording company when she asked to sing songs she had written instead of the ones they composed for her. The book opens just after Heather has gotten a job as a residence house coordinator at New York College and quickly discovers that young girls in the dorm are being murdered.
The second book was originally titled Phat Chick, but this was changed by the publishers to It's Not Over Until The Size 12 Chick Sings, and finally, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, which continued Heather's amateur sleuthing adventures.
The third book in the series is published under the title Size Doesn't Matter in Australia and Great Britain. (In other countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, it was entitled Big Boned.) In Size Doesn't Matter, Heather solves another mystery, and is involved in a love triangle with Tad, her boyfriend, and Cooper, whom she secretly loves, but rejected her.
In March 2008 the series was contracted for two additional books, which were released in 2012 and 2013.
Queen of Babble debuted at No. 27 on the New York Times Bestseller List.[ citation needed ] The main character of this romantic comedy, Lizzie Nichols, is a recent college grad who isn't sure what she wants out of life. All she knows is that she can't keep a secret, even her own. This causes her many romantic, friendship, and work-related problems, especially after moving to New York City after graduating from college.
The first book, Insatiable, was released on June 8, 2010, and became an instant New York Times bestseller. This series is a modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula , but the main character, Meena Harper, can foretell people's death. She's being forced by the television show for which she works to write vampires into the plot due to their popularity. Meena, however, hates vampires (she doesn't believe in them, and doesn't like how they always go after and kill girls). This complicates things when she finds out from Alaric Wulf, a demon-hunter with a secret unit of the Vatican called the Palatine Guard, that vampires are attacking girls all over her native New York City, and that her new boyfriend might be one of them: Lucien Antonescu, Dracula's son, the Prince of Darkness. A sequel to Insatiable called Overbitewas released on July 5, 2011.
These novels were written under Cabot's pseudonym Patricia Cabot:
Written under Cabot's characters
She Went All the Way is a romantic comedy novel with elements of a (mild) thriller. The plot focuses on a recently dumped screenwriter, Lou (a woman) whose actor-ex elopes two-weeks post breakup—with someone else. The recently married bride also unceremoniously dumped her boyfriend, Jack, an A-list actor. When Lou is assigned the fourth installment in Jack's major movie franchise, they not only meet, but share a wacky adventure, with moments of genuine danger.
In 2001, the film version of the Princess Diaries was released. The film starred Anne Hathaway as Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis and Julie Andrews as Clarisse Renaldi. A sequel to the Princess Diaries film was released in 2004 and titled, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement .
A Canadian television series based on the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series titled, Missing was broadcast on the A and W Network in Canada from 2003 to 2006. The series was broadcast on Lifetime in the United States.
The Disney Channel original movie version of Avalon High premiered late fall 2010.the film starred Gregg Sulkin as A. William Wagner and Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington (Ellie Harrison)
An untitled Queen of Babble movie is currently "in development". The book has been optioned by Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent, with Kristen Bell slated to star. There has also been some talk of The Mediator being adapted into a film or television series.
Meg has teamed with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Starlight Children's Foundation to mentor seriously and terminally ill children.
In March 2012, Meg helped raise money for Authors for Henryville to benefit tornado victims in Indiana.
In 2010, Meg donated proceeds from books purchased at the Kappa Book Fair and Dinner to the Craig Hospital in Denver. The hospital specializes in spinal cord and brain injuries.
In 2009, Meg held a Tiara Auction to benefit the New York Public Library. Tiaras decorated by celebrities, authors, and designers such as Julie Andrews, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Lauren Conrad, Mo Rocca, and Julianne Moore were auctioned and raised over $15,000 for teen programs at the library.
In 2012, Meg's short story Wooden Animal appeared in Significant Objects, an anthology that benefitted Girls Write Now.
And in 2011, Meg contributed the story The Protectionist to the anthology What You Wish For. One hundred percent of proceeds benefited the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, which builds libraries in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad.
All of Meg's proceeds from her story The Exterminator's Daughter, in the anthology Prom Nights From Hell, benefit First Book, a nonprofit organization connecting book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need.
All of Meg's proceeds from The Princess Diaries, Volume 4 1/2, Project Princess, go to benefit The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York City. Editions sold to publishers in 10 countries outside the US benefited local charities in those countries.
All of Meg's proceeds from the novel Ransom My Heart by Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia (with help from Meg Cabot) go to benefit Greenpeace (Ransom My Heart is also printed on recycled paper). The proceeds from sales of Ransom My Heart to publishers in 8 countries have also gone to Mia's favorite charity.
Meg's story The Night Hunter was included in the anthology Fear: 13 Stories of Suspense. All author proceeds from this book benefit the Reading Is Fundamental literacy program for children.
In 2008, Meg contributed a story (Another All-American Girl) to the anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. All proceeds benefit the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance].
Meg's also written short stories for anthologies that have benefited the Teenage Cancer Trust, War Child, No Strings, Lisa Libraries, Kids Company, and the New York Public Libraries, among other organizations
The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American coming-of-age teen comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Garry Marshall. Based on Meg Cabot's 2000 young adult novel of the same name, the film was written by Gina Wendkos and stars Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews, with a supporting cast consisting of Héctor Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall and Robert Schwartzman. The film follows Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway), a shy American teenager who learns she is heir to the throne of a European kingdom. Under the tutelage of her estranged grandmother (Andrews), the kingdom's reigning queen, Mia must decide whether to claim the throne she has inherited or renounce her title permanently.
The Princess Diaries Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight, released in the United Kingdom as Princess Diaries: Take Two, is the second book in the series The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and was published in 2001. The book is not related to the film released with the title The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, where the heroine Mia is awaiting coronation, but can only be queen if she marries within thirty days.
The Princess Diaries is a series of epistolary young adult novels written by Meg Cabot, and is also the title of the first volume, published in 2000. The series revolves around Amelia 'Mia' Thermopolis, a teenager in New York who discovers that she is the princess of a small European principality called Genovia. The books are noted for containing many popular culture references, which include singers, movies, and fads in modern culture.
How to Be A nurd is a young adult novel written by Meg Cabot. How to Be Popular is written as a stand-alone book. It was published in July 2006 in the United States. It has since been published in 14 other countries.
Reunion is the third installment of the young adult series The Mediator written by Meg Cabot. It was first published by Simon & Schuster in July, 2001 under the author's alternative pseudonym Jenny Carroll.
The Princess Diaries Volume III: Princess in Love is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2001 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the third book in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume IV: Princess in Waiting, released in the United Kingdom as The Princess Diaries: Mia Goes Forth, is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2003 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the fourth book in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume VII: Party Princess, released in the United Kingdom as The Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven, is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2006 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the seventh novel in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume VII and 1/2: Sweet Sixteen Princess is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2005 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the third novella in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume VII and 3/4: Valentine Princess is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2006 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the fourth novella is the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink, released in the United Kingdom as The Princess Diaries: After Eight, is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in 2007 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the eighth novel in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume IX: Princess Mia, released in the United Kingdom as The Princess Diaries: To The Nines, is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released in the USA on December 26, 2007 by Harper Collins Publishers and is the ninth novel in the series.
The Princess Diaries, Volume X: Forever Princess is a young adult book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released on January 6, 2009 by Harper Collins Publishers.
Shadowland is a young adult novel written by author Meg Cabot and published by Avon Books in 2000. It is the first part of The Mediator series. Its alternative title is Love You To Death.
The Mediator is a series which contains six novels written by Meg Cabot. The first four novels were originally published under Cabot's pseudonym Jenny Carroll by Simon & Schuster. The last two books were published by HarperCollins and under Meg Cabot's name. This book is romance–fiction for teenagers and young adults.
Twilight is the sixth young adult novel in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, published by HarperTeen in 2004. In the UK, it was published with the title Heaven Sent. It was the final novel in the series until the publication of Remembrance in 2016.
Haunted is a young adult novel written by author Meg Cabot and was published by Avon Books in 2004. It is the fifth part of The Mediator series, following the adventures of teenage mediator Susannah 'Suze' Simon.
The Princess Diaries, Volume XI: Royal Wedding is a book in the Princess Diaries series. Written by Meg Cabot, it was released on June 2, 2015 by William Morrow and is the first adult installment of the series.
From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess is a 2015 children's novel written and illustrated by Meg Cabot and a spinoff of the author's young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. The book was released on May 19, 2015 through Feiwel & Friends and follows Olivia, a bi-racial 12-year-old who finds out she is the half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis.
Royal Wedding Disaster is a 2016 children's novel written and illustrated by Meg Cabot and the sequel of From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, spinoff of the author's popular young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. The book was released on May 10, 2016 and follows Olivia, Princess Mia Thermopolis's bi-racial half sister as she gets used to her new school in Genovia and prepares for her sister's wedding. It was published April 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom as Bridesmaid-in-Training by Macmillan Children's Books.