Meg Cabot (born Meggin Patricia Cabot on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States) is an American author of romantic and paranormal fiction for teens and adults and used to write under several pen names, but now writes exclusively under her real name, Meg Cabot. She has written and published over fifty books, and is best known for The Princess Diaries, later made by Walt Disney Pictures into two feature films of the same name. Meg's books have been the recipients of numerous awards, including the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, the American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, the Tennessee Volunteer State TASL Book Award, the Book Sense Pick, the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, the IRA/CBC Young Adult Choice - as well as many others (see awards section for specific book wins). She has had numerous #1 New York Times bestsellers.Cabot has more than fifteen million copies of her books—children's, young adult, and adult—in print worldwide.
After Meg graduated from Indiana University, Cabot moved to New York City, with the original aim of pursuing a career as an illustrator. in 1991. However, she soon quit this job and started working as an assistant manager of the freshman dormitory at New York University.
Meg Cabot married financial writer and poet Benjamin D. Egnatz on April 1, 1993. Their wedding date, April Fool’s Day, was a deliberate play on her husband's belief that only fools get married in the first place. The wedding was actually an elopement in Italy. Her novel Every Boy's Got One is loosely based on her own elopement. She has two cats, Henrietta (a one eyed cat) and Gem, about whom she often blogs.
After living in Indiana, California, New York, and France, she now currently resides in Key West, Florida. She splits her time between an apartment in New York City and a barn in Bloomington, Indiana.
Young adult novels
The Princess Diaries series
Princess Diaries 9, released December 26, 2007
The Princess Diaries series is the most notable series written by Meg Cabot, and has been published in more than 40 countries. The first book in the series was published in October 2000; the series spent 38 weeks on the New York Times Children's Series Best Sellers List and was sold to publishers in 37 foreign countries.
In 2001 and 2004 respectively, the series was brought to the big screen by Walt Disney Pictures as The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.
Note that in the UK and Australia the books are published under titles based on the volume number (e.g.: Mia Goes Fourth).
- The Princess Diaries, Volume I / The Princess Diaries (October 2000)
- Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight / The Princess Diaries: Take Two (June 2001)
- Volume III: Princess in Love / The Princess Diaries: Third Time Lucky (March 2002)
- Volume IV: Princess in Waiting / The Princess Diaries: Mia Goes Fourth (April 2003)
- Volume V: Princess in Pink / The Princess Diaries: Give Me Five (March 2004)
- Volume VI: Princess in Training / The Princess Diaries: Sixsational (March 2005)
- Volume VII: Party Princess / The Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven (March 2006)
- Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink / The Princess Diaries: After Eight (January 2007)
- Volume IX: Princess Mia / The Princess Diaries: To The Nines (January 2008)
- Volume X: Forever Princess / The Princess Diaries: Ten Out Of Ten (January 6, 2009)
Illustrated by Chelsey McLaren:
- Princess Lessons (March 2003)
- Perfect Princess (March 2004)
- Holiday Princess (November 2005)
On January 6, 2009, a companion book to Volume X: Forever Princess entitled Ransom My Heart was published under the name Princess of Genovia, Mia Thermopolis by Avon Books, the adult division of HarperCollins, the Princess Diaries series publisher. All author proceeds from the novel, which was printed on 100% recycled paper, go to Greenpeace.
The Mediator series
The Mediator Series is about a 16-year-old girl named Susannah "Suze" Simon. Suze is a mediator, whose role is to help ghosts finish their business on earth so they can pass on to the afterlife. To this end, she can see, touch, communicate with, hit, punch, and 'kick ghost butt' when she has to. The series begins just after Suze's widowed mother marries Andy Ackerman, when she has moved to Carmel, California, to live in an old house complete with three stepbrothers. To make matters worse, her bedroom is haunted by an attractive male ghost named Jesse de Silva, who died 150 years earlier. Suze remembers that back in New York a fortune teller had told her that she was a mediator (which proved correct) and that she would only fall in love once but it would last for an eternity. Her one love for eternity just might be Jesse. But does he love her back?
The first four books were originally released under the pseudonym Jenny Carroll (this was when Cabot was working with different publishing houses). Haunted was the first title to have Meg Cabot's name on it. The first four books were later reprinted under Cabot's real name in 2005 with new cover art when Twilight was released in hardcover. The UK titles for the series were as follows: Shadowland- Love You to Death, Ninth Key- High Stakes, Reunion- Mean Spirits, Darkest Hour- Young Blood, Haunted- Grave Doubts, and Twilight- Heaven Sent.
The Mediator series rights have been sold to producer Julia Pistor, and will be made into a movie in the near future.
In December 2010, HarperTeen reprinted a omnibus edition titled The Mediator: Shadowland and Ninth Key.
- When Lightning Strikes (February 2001)
- Code Name Cassandra (August 2001)
- Safe House (March 2002)
- Sanctuary (September 2002)
- Missing You (December 26, 2006)
This series revolves around Jessica Mastriani, an ordinary 16-year-old girl given extraordinary psychic powers after being struck by lightning. Her powers allow her to know the exact location of missing children; after seeing a picture of a person, they appear in her dreams. The first four books take place over less than a year, and chronicle her attempts to help missing children while trying to avoid the scrutiny of the federal government. The fifth book, published four years after the fourth book, picks up the story line after Jess has turned 19. Over the course of the books, Jess is romantically involved with Rob Wilkins, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
The first four books were written under Cabot's pseudonym, Jenny Carroll. After poor sales, the series was discontinued. Sales improved when the books were re-released in 2004 under Cabot's real name. Cabot was unhappy with the discontinuation; she stated that she wanted to take the series up to eight books. Her current publishing house agreed to publish one more installment. Missing You was released in December 2006 and ended the series.
The 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series was the basis for the television show Missing, which aired on the Lifetime cable network for three seasons from 2003 to 2006.
The series has been reprinted in the US in an omnibus edition, and retitled Vanished.
All-American Girl series
The series revolves around Samantha Madison, a Washington, D.C. native, who, while skipping her after-school art class, saves the life of the president, and becomes a national hero. The two books are about her rise to fame and her love life with the president's son, David, who appears to want to take their relationship to the next level in the second book. There is also a short story called Another All American Girl in the anthology Our White House:Looking In, Looking Out, about Samantha's experience in the White House.
Avalon High series
- Avalon High, December 2005
- Avalon High: Coronation (three-book manga series)
- The Merlin Prophecy (July 3, 2007)
- Homecoming (June 24, 2008)
- Hunter's Moon (September 1, 2009)
There is a sequel to the first Avalon High novel. However, instead of a regular novel, it is part of a new partnership HarperCollins brokered with Tokyopop (a leading United States manga company). It has been released as a three-book manga series, called Avalon High: Coronation. The first manga, titled The Merlin Prophecy, was released on July 3, 2007 and was drawn by manga artist Jinky Coronado, who does the Banzai Girl manga. She also illustrated the other two manga.
The Avalon High film was shown on Disney Channel on November 12, 2010. Britt Robertson played Allie, while Gregg Sulkin played Will.
The Airhead trilogy
- Airhead (May 2008)
- Being Nikki (May 2009)
- Runaway (March 2010)
This three-book series is about Emerson Watts, an overachieving high school student. She wakes up after an accident, and discovers that her brain has been transplanted into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard. Now, she is no longer judged by her grades but by her looks, and she has to fight the worldwide corporation, Stark Industries, if she wants to find out what really happened to her old life and to protect her friends and family.
The Abandon Trilogy
- Abandon (26 April 2011)
- The Underworld
- TBA (TBA)
Blurb for the first book in the trilogy, Abandon:
She knows what it's like to die. Now Death wants her back. Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die. That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible. Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her. What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows... just like she knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven. But she can't stay away from him, either, especially since he's always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most. And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her: The Underworld.'
Other young adult fiction
- Nicola and the Viscount (August 2002)
- Victoria and the Rogue (March 2003)
- Teen Idol (July 2004)
- How to Be Popular (July 2006)
- Pants on Fire/Tommy Sullivan is a Freak (May 2007)
- Jinx (July 2007)
Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls
- Moving Day (2008)
- The New Girl (2008)
- Best Friends and Drama Queens (2009)
- Stage Fright (2009)
- Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out (2010)
- Blast From the Past (2010)
- The Boy Next Door, October 2002 (as Meggin Cabot)
- Boy Meets Girl, January 2004 (as Meggin Cabot)
- Every Boy's Got One, January 2005
These books are loosely connected romantic comedies told in emails, IMs, and brief journal entries. The Boy Next Door was a Kelly Rippa Book Club Pick on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.
Heather Wells series
- Size 12 is Not Fat, December 27, 2005
- Size 14 is Not Fat Either, November 28, 2006
- Big Boned, December 26, 2007
The Heather Wells series is an adult mystery series that features former pop star Heather Wells. Heather was once a teen star, but was fired by her recording company when she asked to sing songs she had written instead of the ones they composed for her. The book opens just after Heather has gotten a job as a residence house coordinator at New York College and quickly discovers that young girls in the dorm are being murdered.
The second book was originally titled Phat Chick, but this was changed by the publishers to It's Not Over Until The Size 12 Chick Sings, and finally, Size 14 is Not Fat Either, which continued Heather's amateur sleuthing adventures.
The third book in the series is published under the title "Size Doesn't Matter" in Australia and Great Britain. (In other countries, such as the U.S. and Canada, it was entitled "Big Boned".) In 'Size Doesn't Matter', Heather solves another mystery, and is involved in a love triangle with Tad, her boyfriend, and Cooper, whom she secretly loves, but rejected her.
In March, 2008 the series was contracted for two additional books, which should be released in 2012 and 2013.
Queen of Babble series
Queen of Babble in the Big City
, June 2007.
- Queen of Babble (May 2006)
- Queen of Babble in the Big City (June 2007)
- Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (June 2008/April 2009 - Paperback)
Queen of Babble debuted at #27 on the New York Times Bestseller List. The main character of this romantic comedy, Lizzie Nichols, is a recent college grad who isn't sure what she wants out of life. All she knows is that she can't keep a secret, even her own. This causes her many romantic, friendship, and work-related problems, especially after moving to New York City after graduating from college.
- Insatiable (June 2010)
- Overbite (July 2011)
The first book in Meg's latest series for adult readers, Insatiable, was released on June 8, 2010, and became an instant New York Times bestseller. This series is a modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, but with a twist. The main character, Meena Harper, has a special gift: she can foretell people's death . . . just not her own. Even worse, she's being forced by the television show for which she works to write vampires into the plot due to their popularity. Meena, however, hates vampires (she doesn't believe in them, and doesn't like how they always go after — and kill-- girls). This complicates things when she finds out from Alaric Wulf, a demon-hunter with a secret unit of the Vatican called the Palatine Guard, that vampires are attacking girls all over her native New York City, and that her new boyfriend might be one of them . . . Lucien Antonescu, Dracula's son, the Prince of Darkness. A sequel to Insatiable called Overbite will be out in the US in July 2011. In the UK the title is referred to as "Craving."
These novels were written under Cabot's pseudonym Patricia Cabot:
- Where Roses Grow Wild (March 1998)
- Portrait of My Heart (January 1999)
- An Improper Proposal (November 1999)
- A Little Scandal (June 2000)
- Lady of Skye (January 2001)
- Educating Caroline (November 2001)
- Kiss the Bride (May 2002)
Written under Cabot's characters
- Ransom My Heart (January 2009) - Written by Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia with help from Meg Cabot
- She Went All the Way, December 2002 (as Meggin Cabot)
- "The Christmas Captive" (as Patricia Cabot), included in the adult romance anthology A Season in the Highlands, which was published in December 2000.
- "Girl’s Guide to New York through the Movies" included in Metropolis Found: New York Is Book Country 25th Anniversary Collection, published in August 2003.
- "Kate the Great" included in Thirteen: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen, published October 2003.
- "Party Planner" included in the adult short story collection Girls' Night In, published September 2004.
- "Connie "Hunter" Williams, Psychic Teacher" included in the teen short story collection Friends: Stories About New Friends, Old Friends, and Unexpectedly True Friends, published August 2005.
- "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" included in the CosmoGIRL! short story collection Shining On, published April 2006.
- "Reunion" included in the adult short story collection Girls' Night Out, published June 2006.
- "Cry, Linda, Cry: Judy Blume’s Blubber and The Cruelest Thing in the World" included in Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume, published Spring 2007.
- "Ask Annie" included in Midnight Feast, published July 2007.
- "The Exterminator's Daughter" included in Prom Nights From Hell, published May 2007.
- "Every Girl's Dream" A short story written by Cabot out of the Mediator Series.
- "Princess Prettypants" A short story in the anthology Zombie vs. Unicorns published in September 2010.
- The Night Hunter A short story in the anthology Fear: 13 Stories of Horror and Suspense published in September 2010.
- "The Protectionist" included in the young adult short story collection What You Wish For, published September 2011.
- Early versions of the screenplay for Disney's Ice Princess, released in 2005, were written by Meg Cabot
In 2001, the film version of the Princess Diaries was released. The film starred Anne Hathaway as Amelia "Mia" Thermopolis and Julie Andrews as Clarisse Renaldi.
The Disney Channel original movie version of Avalon High premiered late fall 2010. the film starred Gregg Sulkin as A. William Wagner and Britt Robertson as Allie Pennington (Ellie Harrison)
An Untitled Queen Of Babble movie is currently In Development. The book has been optioned by Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent, with Kristen Bell slated to star.
- Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best British Isles Historical Romance, 1999, for An Improper Proposal
- Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers selection, Best Book selection, American Library Association, and New York Public Library Teen Book for the New Millennium citation, all 2001, all for The Princess Diaries
- Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination, best young adult category, Mystery Writers of America, 2003, for Safe House
- The Princess Diaries was voted "one of the nation's 100 best-loved novels" by the British public as part of "The Big Read," British Broadcasting Corporation, 2003.
- Queen of Teen nomination (2008) for her work
- "Airhead" nominated for Teen Choice Book of the Year, 2009
- "Meg Cabot." Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 50. Gale Group, 2003. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006.
|Works by Meg Cabot (publication order)
|The Princess Diaries novel series
|The Mediator novel series
|1-800-WHERE-R-YOU novel series
When Lightning Strikes (2001) • Code Name Cassandra (2001) • Safe House (2002) • Sanctuary (2002) • Missing You (2006)
|All-American Girl novel series
|Avalon High novel series
Avalon High (2005) • The Merlin Prophecy (2007 manga) • Homecoming (2008 manga) • Hunter's Moon (2009 manga)
|Airhead novel series
Airhead (2008) • Being Nikki (2009) • Runaway (2010)
|Abandon novel series
Abandon (2011) • The Underworld
|Allie Finkle novel series
Moving Day (2008) • The New Girl (2008) • Best Friends and Drama Queens (2009) • Stage Fright (2009) • Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out (2010) • Blast From the Past (2010)
|Boy novel series
|Heather Wells novel series
Size 12 is Not Fat (2006) • Size 14 is Not Fat Either (2006) • Big Boned (2007)
|Queen of Babble novel series
Queen of Babble (2006) • Queen of Babble in the Big City (2007) • Queen of Babble Gets Hitched (2008)
|Insatiable novel series
Insatiable (2010) • Overbite (2011)
|Other teen novels
|Other adult novels
Where Roses Grow Wild (1998) • Portrait of My Heart (1999) • An Improper Proposal (1999) • A Little Scandal (2000) • Lady of Skye (2000) • Educating Caroline (2001) • Kiss the Bride (2002) • She Went All the Way (2002)
"The Christmas Captive" (2000) • "Every Girl's Dream" (?) • "Girl’s Guide to New York through the Movies" (2003) • "Kate the Great" (2003) • "Party Planner" (2004) • "Connie "Hunter" Williams, Psychic Teacher" (2005) • "Allie Finklestine's Rules for Boys" (2006) • "Reunion" (2006) • "Cry, Linda, Cry: Judy Blume’s Blubber and The Cruelest Thing in the World" (Spring 2007) • "Ask Annie" (2007) • "The Exterminator's Daughter" (2007) • "Princess Prettypants" (2010) • "The Night Hunter" (2010) • "The Protectionist" (2011)