Meg Cabot's Biography
Meg Cabot is the author of more than 50 books for both adults and teens. Her books
have sold over 15 million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York
Times bestsellers. The most notable of these is The Princess Diaries series, which
is currently being published in over 38 countries and was made into two hit movies
by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the All American Girl, Mediator, and 1-800-Where-R-You
series (on which the television series, Missing, was based). She is now writing
a new middle grade series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, as well as an edgy
new young adult series, Airhead.
Meg was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire
Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana,
where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse — at least until
Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to
cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved
to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably,
forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby — writing novels — for emotional succor.
She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant
manager of a 700-bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally
Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with
a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various backup cats, and her husband, who doesn't
know he married a fire horse. Please don't tell him.