Margaret Stohl is the author of Disney Publishing and Marvel’s upcoming BLACK WIDOW novel (#MarvelYA), as well as the ICONS SERIES, currently in development as a feature film from Alcon Entertainment, and the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Indie-Bound and Internationally Bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS and DANGEROUS CREATURES NOVELS (with Kami Garcia.)
Including BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (2009), BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (2010), and BEAUTIFUL CHAOS (2011), BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION (2012)– along with DREAM DARK, a Beautiful Creatures story available exclusively online (August, 2011) – the Beautiful Creatures Novels have been translated into 28 languages and 37 countries. DANGEROUS CREATURES (2014) and the forthcoming DANGEROUS DECEPTION (2015) are its New York Times bestselling spin-off series.
The Beautiful Creatures movie was released February 14, 2013 from Alcon and Warner Bros. It starred Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch with the Academy Award nominated writer/director Richard LaGravenese.
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was an ALA William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist in 2010, as well as a SCIBA award finalist, a NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and a YALSA Teen Top Ten Pick. Beautiful Creatures was named the #1 Teen Pick from Amazon in 2009, and the #5 Editors Pick, Overall.
A longtime veteran of the videogame industry, Margaret’s work includes – to name a few – SPIDERMAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, DUNE 2000, THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE LEGEND OF JACK SPARROW, DEFENDER, THE SOPRANOS, SLAVE ZERO, APOCALYPSE, ZORK NEMESIS, ZORK GRAND INQUISITOR, SPYCRAFT, COMMAND & CONQUER: RED ALERT RETALIATION, and COMMAND & CONQUER: TIBERIAN SUN.
After working with Activision (now Activision/Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now EA), Margaret became a co-founder of 7 Studios with her husband, Lewis Peterson. She has previously been nominated for “Most Innovative Game Design” at the Game Developers Conference.
Margaret was the co-founder of Charleston’s YALLFEST, now in it’s fifth year the biggest YA book festival in the country, and Santa Monica’s YALLWEST, a new sister festival. She is a recipient of the 2012 Writegirl Bold Ink Award, “for women writers who inspire our girls.” She is a huge fan of middle school girls.
Margaret has been a guest at many international events, including the Rome Cinemafest, the Rome Tribu dei Lettori, the BAU Institute/Otranto Arts Residency, the Bienal do Livro de Minas in Brazil, and the Festa Literaria de Pernambuco in Filiporto, Brazil. She has visited readers in Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Grenoble, Budapest, Prague, Rio, Ottowa, Vancouver, Manila and Cebu.
She has also been featured at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference, the LA Times Festival of Books, the American Library Association, the Miami Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival, the Decatur Book Festival, the Rhode Island Festival of Books, the Nashville Book Festival, the Bookmarks N.C. festival, the Austin Teen Book Festival, the Northwest BookFest, the New York Teen Author Carnival, Romantic Times, Anaheim Wondercon, Long Beach Comicon, San Diego Comicon, and New York Comicon.
Margaret is a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books and Amherst Reads. She has been a member of the WGA West and PEN West. Her original screenplays have been optioned by Clasky-Csupo and Nickelodeon Movies for feature films.
A graduate of Amherst College, where she took thirty-six English classes and won the Knox Prize for English Literature, Margaret earned a MA in English from Stanford University, and completed coursework for a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. Margaret was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford, and in Film Studies at Yale. She attended the Creative Writing Program of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George Macbeth.
Margaret loves traveling the world with her three daughters, who are epee fencers, and living in Santa Monica with her husband, two excellent kittens (Kiki & Jiji) and two bad beagles (Kirby & Zelda.) When not visiting her readers, she can be found in her backyard garden, happily digging in the dirt, or writing by her fireplace.
She is one lucky girl.