The princess series _ with 10 books and six extras _ has been published in 38 countries, selling more than 5 million copies in the United States alone. With nearly 50 books to her credit, fangirls crowd online chats for time with Cabot and gather on message boards to talk among themselves.
“The Princess Diaries” novels
The Princess Diaries, HarperTeen (New York City), 2000.
The Princess Diaries Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight, HarperTeen, 2001.
The Princess Diaries Volume III: Princess in Love, HarperTeen, 2002.
The Princess Diaries Volume IV: Princess in Waiting, HarperTeen, 2003.
The Princess Diaries Volume IV and a Half: Project Princess, HarperCollins, 2003.
Princess Lessons, HarperTeen, 2003.
Perfect Princess, HarperTeen, 2004.
The Princess Diaries Volume V: Princess in Pink, Harp-erTeen, 2004.
Mia Tells It like It Is (contains The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight), HarperTeen, 2004.
The Highs and Lows of Being Mia (contains The Princess Diaries Volume III: Princess in Love and The Princess Diaries Volume IV: Princess in Waiting), HarperTeen, 2004.
The Princess Diaries Volume VI: Princess in Training, HarperTeen, 2005.
The Princess Diaries Volume VII and a Half: Sweet Sixteen Princess, HarperTeen, 2006.
The Princess Diaries Volume VII: Party Princess, Harp-erCollins, 2006.
Valentine Princess: A Princess Diaries Book, Harper-Teen, 2007.
The Princess Diaries Volume VIII: Princess on the Brink, HarperTeen, 2007.
The Princess Diaries Volume IX: Princess Mia, Harper-Teen, 2007.
M eg Cabot writes the immensely successful Princess Diaries young-adult novels, about an ordinary teen who is stunned to learn she is heir to the throne of a small European kingdom. The first in the series appeared in 2000, went on to spend the better part of a year on the New York Times bestseller list, and was translated for the big screen into an equally profitable film franchise. Cabot is a prolific writer who produced at least one Princess sequel every year for the next decade, while also writing other teen-friendly tales that have earned her a devoted, ardent following...
In many of your books, the guy that the protagonist falls in love with is handsome with dark hair. Is there a pattern? Is this in any way related to your life?
Ha. Well, statistically, there are way more dark-haired people in this world than there are light-haired people, so it makes more sense for my heroes to be dark-haired. I actually only know one or two light-haired guys, but I know tons of dark-haired ones, and so I hardly ever make my heroes light-haired, because I’m afraid my blonde haired friends will read the books and think I based the hero on them. This can be a problem when your friends and family are always thinking you’ve based your characters on them, when you haven’t. It can get annoying to have to keep explaining, “Stop being so vain! It’s not you!” So I just try to keep my characters as unlike people I actually know as possible to avoid it.
In some of your books, the protagonists were able to find missing people, touch and see ghosts, and go back in time. If you could have any special ability, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to find missing people. That would definitely be my gift of choice. Seeing ghosts and time travel I wouldn’t care for. I have a new series coming out about a girl who can journey to the land of the dead. I wouldn’t want that one either!
Who is your ideal teenage heroine?
My ideal teenage heroine is probably someone who is still questioning who she is, but is confident enough in herself that she isn’t going to let someone else tell her who she should be…at least, not completely. Oh, and she has a sense of humor!
After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby — writing novels — for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700-bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, in Bloomington, Indiana. She was an avid reader from a very early age, at first gobbling up comic books and science fiction at the local library. In many interviews, Cabot claims that she found her way to the library during the summer months because she was looking for air-conditioning. While cooling off in the library, Cabot soon discovered classic literature, such as To Kill a Mockingbird, by southern writer Harper Lee (1926–), and Jane Eyre, written by English novelist Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855). Jane Eyre, the story of the romance between a man and his daughter's nanny, in particular, had a lasting effect on young Cabot. As she explained in a 2004 interview with Christina Nunez, "It introduced me to the world of romance, which I have never left."
Author Meg Cabot is a one-woman marketing sensation. She is a publisher's dream because she is able to produce novels with amazing frequency. At one point, Cabot, who began publishing in 1998, was pumping out a novel almost every month; by early 2006 she had published forty-four works of fiction. She is also a diverse writer who has found equal success in a multitude of genres, including historical romance, young adult fiction, and contemporary adult fiction. In 2000, however, Cabot hit the jackpot when she penned The Princess Diaries, a young adult novel that quickly caught on with readers primarily because the wryly humorous author was able to accurately capture "teen-speak." In 2001, The Princess Diaries was adapted for the big screen by Disney and its popularity catapulted Cabot from writer to celebrity. In 2004, the movie The Princess Diaries 2 was released, which further followed the escapades of Mia, the Princess of Genovia. A few months prior, Cabot signed a seven-figure deal with her publisher, HarperCollins, to continue writing the Princess series and to build on her other young adult series. As Cabot told Teenreads.com, "I hope to write about [Mia] as long as people want to keep reading about her."
After working for ten years as an assistant residence hall director at New York University (an experience from which she occasionally draws inspiration for her Heather Wells mystery series—two new books in the series will be out in 2012 and 2013), Meg wrote the Princess Diaries series, which was made into two hit movies by Disney, sold more than 16 million copies, and has been translated into 38 languages.
My books have won numerous awards. Including being number one New York Times bestsellers, they are frequently chosen as New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice, Book Sense Picks, and have also been on the Texas Lone Star Reading List. All American Girl won the Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (Washington), and The Princess Diaries won that one also, along with the TASL Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award. I was recently named the 2008 Distinguished Alumni of my college, Indiana University.
Meg also wrote the 1-800-Where-R-You? series (which has been reprinted under the title Vanished and was made into the Lifetime series called Missing), as well as numerous other award-winning, best-selling stand-alone books and series, including All-American Girl and Avalon High (on which an original Disney Channel movie was based), and several books told entirely in emails and text messages (Boy Next Door/Boy Meets Girl/Every Boy’s Got One).
Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California (the setting for her bestselling Mediator series) before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University.