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Meg Cabot - Author

About the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of The Princess Diaries series as well as several other novels for teenagers. Her books have sold millions of copies round the world - and two million in the UK alone.


Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana, to college professor C. Victor and Barbara Cabot. In 1991, Cabot received a B.A. from Indiana 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.

Before she published her first book, Meg worked as an assistant dorm manager at New York University. 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, New York, and a barn in Bloomington, Indiana.

In May 2006, the Harvard Crimson released reports that 19-year-old author Kaavya Viswanathan borrowed passages from Cabot's Princess Diaries series, and other books, to place in her novel How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life. Viswanathan's novels were subsequently pulled from the shelves.

Cabot has also written many books for teens, including The Princess Diaries series, which has won many awards, and her recently completed series, The Mediator.

She has lived in various parts of the US and France, but now lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband and one-eyed cat, Henrietta.

 

Author photo: Ali Smith

Featured books by Meg Cabot

Queen of Babble in the Big City

Queen of Babble in the Big City

Author: Meg Cabot Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2015

When Summer Fling Luke uses the L word (Living Together), Lizzie is only too happy to move in with the love of her life in his mother's Fifth Avenue pied-a-terre. But Lizzie's not as lucky in her employment search. As her best friend, Shari, finds the perfect job, Lizzie struggles through one humiliating interview after another, until Shari's boyfriend Chaz lands Lizzie a receptionist's position at his father's posh law firm; the non-paying gig at a local wedding-gown shop Lizzie manages to find all on her own. But Lizzie's notoriously big mouth gets her into trouble almost at once-first at the law firm, where she becomes too chummy with a society bride, and then with Luke when she brings up the M word (Marriage). Soon Lizzie finds herself jobless and homeless all over again. Can Lizzie save herself and find career security (not to mention a committed relationship) at last? 'She is the master of her genre ...the George Bernard Shaw if not the George Eliot of chick lit' Publishers Weekly

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Other books by Meg Cabot

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2006

Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York Collegea career that does not require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed The Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchenwhere a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester. (Actually, her head is accounted forit's her torso that's AWOL.)Surrounded by hysterical studentswith her ex-con father on her doorstep and her ex-love bombarding her with unwanted phone callsHeather welcomes the opportunity to play detective . . . again. If it gets her mind off her personal problemsand teams her up again with the gorgeous P.I. who owns the brownstone where she livesit's all good. But the murder trail is leading the average-sized amateur investigator into a shadowy world. And if she doesn't watch her step, Heather will soon be singing her swan song!

Princess Diaries, Volume III: Princess in Love

Princess Diaries, Volume III: Princess in Love

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo may seem like she's the luckiest girl ever. She's a princess, for starters. and while she's no supermodel, mirrors do not crack at her reflection. Best of all, she finally has a boyfriend. The truth is, however, that Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nervewracking entree into Genovian society under the slave-driving but elegant Grandmere, slogging through congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooches from her hapless boyfriend Kenny. All she wants is a little peace and quiet...and a certain someone else to be her boyfriend. For Mia, being a princess in love is not the fairy-tale it's supposed to be...or is it?

Princess Diaries, Volume IV: Princess in Waiting

Princess Diaries, Volume IV: Princess in Waiting

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

The fourth volume in the popular Princess Diaries series.Mia Thermopolis, the 14-year-old princess of tiny Genovia, is having a hard time adjusting to life as a royal. Keeping up with fashion and tackling algebra are tough, but then there's a public debacle with parking meters. Once again, Mia's up-to-the-minute diary is a running account of the daily demands in the life of a royal. Isn't being a teenager hard enough?

Teen Idol

Teen Idol

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Ask Jenny your most complex interpersonal relationship questions. Go on, we dare you!High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving other people's problems . . . so good she's the school newspapers' anonymous advice columnist. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jen's small town to reserach a role, he creates havoc that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair . . . especially when he asks her, and not Jenny's Luke Striker-groupie best friend, to the Clayton High Spring Fling.Can Jen, who always manages to be there for everybody else, learn to take her own advice, and find true love at last?

Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight

Princess Diaries, Volume II: Princess in the Spotlight

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Just when Mia thought she had the whole Princess thing under control... Things get out of hand, fast! There's the havoc of the interivew's aftermath and her dreaded princess lessons at the Plaza. Plus an unexpected announcement from her mother and intriguing, exasperating letters from a secret admirer. Mia is swept up in a whirlwind of royal intrigue the likes of which hasn't been seen since volume I of The Princess Diaries.What's an heir to the royal throne to do?

Princess Diaries, Volume V: Princess in Pink

Princess Diaries, Volume V: Princess in Pink

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

The hilarious fifth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Princess Diaries--Will Mia attend the senior prom or not???Mia Thermopolis (aka Princess Amelia Migonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) has already won the hearts of millions of aspiring princesses. With the hardcover and audiobook publication to be followed by the release of Disney's sequel to The Princess Diaries movie in August 2004, the princess phenomenon will be in full swing throughout the year!Girls will be overjoyed with this hilarious addition to their favorite series, which involves seven minutes in heaven, strikes, and Mia's mission to get asked to the senior prom.

Ready or Not

Ready or Not

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

All-American Girl 2: Ready or Not finds Samantha Madison, everyone's favorite national heroine, dealing with life as the girlfriend of the first son, but also her cheerleader sister's romantic problems as well."e;A compelling story with a strong plot line, a little teen angst, a little romance, and great dialogueand narrator Ariadne Meyers makes it even better. Listeners will be left hoping to hear more from both Samantha and Ariadne Meyers."e;AudioFile Magazine onAll-American Girl

All-American Girl

All-American Girl

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Samantha Madison is just your average disenfranchised sophomore gal living in DC when, in an inadvertent moment sandwiched between cookie buying and CD-perusing, she puts a stop to an attempt on the life of the president. Before she can say ';MTV2' she's appointed Teen Ambassador to the UN and has caught the eye of the very cute First Son.

How to be Popular

How to be Popular

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2006

Do you want to be popular?Everyone wants to be popularor at least, Stephanie Landry does. Steph's been the least popular girl in her class since a certain cherry Super Big Gulp catastrophe five years earlier.Does being popular matter?It matters a lotto Steph. That's why this year, she has a plan to get in with the It Crowd in no time flat. She's got a secret weapon: an old book calledwhat else?How to Be Popular.All Steph has to do is follow the instructions in The Book, and soon she'll be partying with the popular kids (including school quarterback Mark Finley) instead of sitting on The Hill Saturday nights, stargazing with her nerdy best pal Becca, and even nerdier Jason (now kind of hot, but still).But don't forget the most important thing about popularity!It's easy to become popular. What isn't so easy? Staying that way.

The Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven

The Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven

Author: Meg Cabot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

Doesn't a nearly sixteen year old deserve a break? Apparently not. Not only has Mia made a total ass of herself dancing with J.P. (a.k.a. the Guy Who Hates It When They Put Corn in the Chili), trying to prove to Michael that she's a super-chilled party girl. She's also bankrupted the student council. Way to go, Princess! Just as Mia's scared that she's lost Michael and a ton of money, Grandmere steps in with a fund-raising plan. She's going to stage a musical in front of the world's hottest celebs - and the star will be none other than Mia, cast as her fearless Genovian ancestress, Rosagunde! Mia would rather eat her own crown than tread the boards. But Grandmere is an ace blackmailer, and her secret scheme will ensure that Mia does EXACTLY what she wants . . .

Princess Diaries Yearbook 2007

Princess Diaries Yearbook 2007

Author: Meg Cabot Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2006

This jam-packed princess-fest is essential reading for all fans of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series - as well as every cool girl who wants an annual for the year ahead! With tips on everything from beauty and fashion, how to save the planet and planning the perfect princess party - plus princess-themed puzzles, quizzes and lots of illustrations! Also contains an hilarious, exclusive story: SWEET SIXTEEN PRINCESS.

Queen of Babble

Queen of Babble

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

What's an American girl with a big mouth, but an equally big heart, to do?Lizzie Nichols has a problem, and it isn't that she doesn't have the slightest idea what she's going to do with her life, or that she's blowing what should be her down payment on a cute little Manhattan apartment on a trip to London to visit her long-distance boyfriend, Andrew. What's the point of planning for the future when she's done it again? See, Lizzie can't keep her mouth shut. And it's not just that she can't keep her own secrets, she can't keep anything to herself.This time when she opens her big mouth, her good intentions get Andrew in major hot water. Now Lizzie's stuck in London with no boyfriend and no place to stay until the departure date written on her non-changeable airline ticket.Fortunately, Lizzie's best friend and college roommate is spending her summer in the south of France, catering weddings in a chateau. One call and Lizzie's on a train to Paris. Who cares if she speaks only rudimentary French? One glimpse of gorgeous Chateau Mirac -- not to mention gorgeous Luke, Chateau Mirac's owner -- and she's smitten.But while most caterers can be trusted to keep a secret, Lizzie's the exception. And no sooner has the first cork been popped than Luke hates her, the bride is in tears, and it looks like Chateau Mirac is in danger of becoming a lipo-recovery spa. As if things aren't bad enough, ex-boyfriend Andy shows up looking for "e;closure"e; (or at least a loan), threatening to ruin everything, especially Lizzie's chance at ever finding real love -- unless she can figure out a way to use that big mouth of hers to save the day.

Princess Diaries, Volume I: The Princess Diaries

Princess Diaries, Volume I: The Princess Diaries

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Read by Anne HathawayApprox. 6.5 hours4 cassettesShe's just a New York City girl living with her artist momNews flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo always meets her at the airport!)Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)Shock of the century: Like it or not, Mia is prime princess material.The worst part: Princess lessons from her dreaded grandmere, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is PRINCESS AMELIA MIGNONETTE GRIMALDI THERMOPOLIS RENALDO?

Avalon High

Avalon High

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

I recognized him at oncenot just because he was so tall, and there arent a lot of guys who are taller than me, but also because he had such a distinctive face. Not handsome, really. But attractive. And nice. And strong-looking.The weirdest part was, he seemed to recognize me, too, even though he could only have seen me for, like, five seconds that day in the park.Hey, he said, smiling, not just with his lips, but with his blue eyes, too.Just Hey. Thats all. Hey. But it was a Hey that made my heart flop over inside my chest.Who is Will Wagner, and how is it that Ellie, the new girl at Avalon High, feels as if shes known him all her life, when shes only just met him?A long-ago legend comes to new life in this tale of a love triangle, a medieval sword, and a totally awesome pool raft. Avalon High seems like a typical high school, attended by typical students: Theres Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But not everybody at Avalon High is who they appear to be . . . not even, as new student Ellie is about to discover, herself. What part does she play in the drama that is unfolding? What if the bizarre chain of events and coincidences she has pieced together meansas with the court of King Arthurtragedy is fast approaching Avalon High?Worst of all, what if theres nothing she can do about it?From the Compact Disc edition.

Princess Diaries, Volume VI: Princess in Training

Princess Diaries, Volume VI: Princess in Training

Author: Meg Cabot Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

PRINCESS for presidentStudent body president, that is. Its all the fault of Princess Mias power-mad best friend and campaign manager, Lilly, who nominates her in the first place. This is not how Mia imagined kicking off her sophomore year, even if Grandmre thinks ruling her high school makes good practice for ruling Genovia someday.As usual, though, Mia has bigger problems to worry about. Sophomore Geometry appears to be just as hard as freshman Algebra, and a shocking B on her first English assignment has Mia reeling. And with Michael, her one true love, uptown at college, what is the point of even getting up for school in the morning? The last straw is what Lana whispers to her on the lunch line about what college boys expect of their girlfriends. . . . Really, its almost more than a princess in training can bear.

Size 12 is Not Fat

Size 12 is Not Fat

Author: Meg Cabot Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2006

When you peak at fifteen, where can things go but downhill? Former teen pop sensation Heather Wells has hit rock bottom: tired of singing other people's lyrics, she hasn't exactly been bombarded with recording contracts for her own songs. Worse, Dad's in jail, Mom's bolted for Buenos Aires, and Heather can't seem to stop drowning her sorrows in Kit Kat bars. To top it all, Heather's fiance Jordan Cartwright has replaced her - on the charts as well as in his bed - with America's newest number one pop sensation, Tania Trace. When Heather finds a job in a New York college dorm--right around the corner from her temporary digs in her gorgeous friend Cooper's attic apartment - things seem to start looking up....at least until girls in the dorm begin to perish at an alarming rate. Elevator surfing is the official explanation from university administration, but Heather has other suspicions, and - enlisting a reluctant Cooper's aid - she attempts to get to the bottom of the rash of teen deaths in the building where she works, never knowing that it isn't her supper she'll be singing for this time, but quite possibly her life.