Gail Carson Levine: Biography

Gail Carson Levine

17 sep 1947

Gail Carson Levine, an author from New York well-known for her creative works comprising amazing magical creatures and strong female leads gives credits to her parents David and Sylvia for her creativity. Right from her third class, Gail was interested in writing stories and poems. Even few of her poems were published in an anthology of student writing, but Gail never thought that she would become a writer one day.

Although Gail Carson was immensely talented in writing, she wanted to become an actress. She even participated in theatre troupes but somehow she soon lost her interest in acting. Gail married David, whom she met in college. After completing her studies, she worked for New York State Government.

Gail who thought of testing her writing ability wrote her first book, ‘The Kings Curve’ but no one came forward to publish it. Gail wished to address the issues and so she joined writing classes and joined critique groups. At last her first novel, ‘Ella Enchanted’ which initially got rejected nine times, got published in 1997.

The novel, ‘Ella Enchanted’ was a life changer for Gail. It won the Newbery Honour in 1998 and turned out to be the inspiration for the 2004 movie of the same name. The success of this novel gave her so much confidence that she left her government job and became a full-time writer.

Some of Gail Carson Levine’s other notable works include, ‘Fairest’, ‘Dave at Night’, ‘The Wish’, ‘The Two Princesses of Bamarre, and the ‘Six Princess Tales Books’. Gail’s books gave importance to best qualities like kindness, selflessness, confidence and courage that every human being should possess in their lives.