Margaret Stohl: Biography

Margaret Stohl

14 nov 1967

Margaret Stohl is a writer and co-author (with her friend Kami Garcia) of the Caster Chronicles book series for teens. The pilot book, Beautiful Creatures (2009) was named by Amazon as one of the top ten books of 2009, and the top pick for best teen books. It was made into a feature film that was released in 2012 under the same name. The other books in the supernatural suspense series that takes place in a small southern town include Beautiful Darkness (2010), Beautiful Chaos (2011) and Beautiful Redemption (2012).

Other books written by Stohl and Garcia include the Dangerous Creatures series (2013-2014, a spin-off of the Caster Chronicles). On her own, she authored the Icons series (2013-2014). Stohl also teamed up with Marvel to write Black Widow: Forever Red (2015), a story about the comic book character Black Widow, and two sidekicks who she reluctantly involves in a plot to save the world from her former teacher, Ivan Somodorov.

Born in Pasadena, California, Margaret Stohl attended a highly gifted magnet school for girls in Los Angeles. She then studied at a creative writing program at UEA Norwich, England. She graduated from Amherst College where she founded the school’s first women’s literary magazine. She also won the Knox Prize for English Literature while there, and went on to earn a master’s degree in English from Stanford University. She also attended Yale and was in the Creative Writing Program at the University of East Anglia, and was mentored by Scottish poet George MacBeth while there.

Margaret Stohl cofounded 7 Studios (a video game developer) with her husband, Lewis Peterson, and contributed to Marvel’s Spiderman (ActivisionBlizzard) and Fantastic Four (7 Studios/ActivisionBlizzard) among others. The couple lives in Santa Monica and they have three daughters.