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Maureen Johnson
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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson Biography

Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was always one of those reading and writing kids. After a little dalliance with astronomy and archeology, she declared her intention to become a writer at the age of eight or nine or so.

She attended an all-girl Catholic prep high school. She graduated from the University of Delaware where she was a writing major, but spent most of my time working on shows. After college, she became the literary manager of a wonderful (but now defunct) Philadelphia theater company. Soon after that, she moved to New York to study theatrical dramaturgy and writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Her first book, The Key to the Golden Firebird, came out in May 2004.

While on a writing fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she lived in a castle for a month, she completed final edits on her second book, The Bermudez Triangle. She also began work on a book called 13 Little Blue Envelopes. The 80 page (single spaced) journal of her time there provided a good deal of inspiration for Ginny's travels.

Devilish, her fourth book, was very loosely based on her Catholic high school experiences.

Her fifth book, Girl At Sea, was released in June 2007. She refer to this book as the companion of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, as it is also a European fantasy, this time taking place off the coast off Italy. It features the three P's: pyramids, pirates, and pizza. Also, a fancy tattoo, two handsome guys, one Swedish-English girl, an awesome bathtub, jellyfish, an exciting historical backstory in London, tiny paper hats, and danger.

So later she decided she had to go back and write something about the world she knew ... namely, the scrappy theater world of New York City. Suite Scarlett came out in May, 2008. The sequel, Scarlett Fever, came out in February 2010. In between, she wrote a book called Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle. Let it Snow became a New York Times Bestseller in November, 2009. She also contributed to Vacations from Hell, along with Libba Bray, Cassie Clare, Claudia Gray, and Sarah Mlynowski. And she has a story in the groundbreaking Zombies vs. Unicorns collection, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier.

The sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Little Blue Envelope, came out in April 2011. In addition to writing books, she was also a scriptwriter for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Handheld videogames.

She is also the author of The Bane Chronicles series (co-authored with Cassandra Clare) and The Shades of London series.

She lives in New York City, and travel to the UK on a regular basis and has a very active Twitter account.

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