Today in YA History: July 31, 1973 – Cassandra Clare born!

July 31, 1973: In Tehran, Iran, The Mortal Instruments Series author Cassandra Clare is born!

Cassie, as she is more commonly known, spent her childhood traveling with her parents; she has lived in Switzerland, England, and France! In the US, she went to high school in Los Angeles, and later split her time between California and NYC working as a reporter for entertainment magazines and tabloids.

Cassie started gaining notice with her fiction writing in the early 2000s. She became a popular and influential fanfiction writer in the Harry Potter and Tolkien fandoms under the similar pseudonym of Cassandra Claire. Some of you may be familiar with the ‘Very Secret Diaries’ series for the Lord of the Rings series. If not, check it out! Highly amusing shorts.

When author Holly Black (Tithe, The Spiderwick Chronicles) read some of Cassie’s fanfiction, the two became friends. Eventually, Ms. Black recommended Cassie to her agent in 2006–a gesture which led to a 3-book deal with Simon & Schuster for Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments”, a contemporary fantasy Young Adult series! City of Bones, the first in the series, was published in 2007, followed by 2 more in the original series with a sequel trilogy that premiered its first book this past April.

Starting in 2010, Cassie began publishing a prequel series, “The Infernal Devices”, of which the second installment is due out this December. This series takes place in the same world as her other work, but in a steampunk setting several hundred years before the first series.

Expect many more stories from Ms. Clare! Whom I wish a most happy birthday!

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