Continuing to shed light on the history, creativity and stories of some of our favorite authors, this third installment features a little fantasy, a little real life and a lot of romance.
You wouldn’t necessarily link these two genres together, but both these authors have a way of drawing you in, whether with subtle young love, or deep passionate lust. And, both started their careers in fan fiction.
Welcome to the third installment of Author Spotlight!
Most wouldn’t even know, but Cassandra Clare doesn’t exist. Not in the literal form, so to speak. It is the pen name of Judith Rumlet, the author of the spectacularly popular Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. Clares personal history is colorful, born in Iran to American parents, her mother was an author, and her grandfather film producer Max Rosenburg. Clare’s initial works were in the fan fiction genre, focusing on Harry Potters Draco Malfoy, but deleted the work shortly before her original City of Bones novel was released.
City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments series, was released in 2007 by Simon and Schuster, inspired by the urban landscape of New York City. The books went on to become NYT bestsellers, inspiring both film and TV adaptations.
Another fanfiction turned traditional publishing success story, this time of the writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The quintessential online meeting turned perfect combo, the two met in 2009 while writing fan fiction online. In 2010, they joined forces, drawing insatiable readers, and later signed with a literary agent in 2011. Together, the duo have written two series; the Beautiful series, and the Wild Season series. Like many uber popular works, the Beautiful series has been signed by Constantin films to be adapted to a film, and production is set to begin soon.
The books in each series are many, as outlined:
Wikipedia. (2016). Christina Lauren. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina_Lauren
Wikipedia. (2016). Cassandra Clare. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra_Clare
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