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Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot (born Meggin Patricia Cabot on February 1, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States is a American chick-lit author of romantic comedies for teens and adults. She has also written under the name Meggin Cabot, as well as the pseudonyms Patricia Cabot and Jenny Carroll. 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. Cabot has more than fifteen million copies of her books — children's, young adult, and adult — in print worldwide. Her website averages about 80,000 unique visitors a month.

Cabot was born in Bloomington, IN to college professor C. Victor and Barbara Cabot. She has two cats, Henrietta (a one eyed cat) and Gem, about whom she often blogs. She read classic literature at a young age, and in high school Cabot practiced writing by making her own stories, working for the school newspaper, and keeping journals. However, she didn't plan to become a professional writer before entering university, as at that time she wanted to become an actress or a veterinarian. Cabot went to Indiana University in Bloomington to study art, and there she received a B.A. in 1991

After graduating from the university, Cabot moved to New York City, with the original aim of pursuing a career as an illustrator. However, she soon quit this job and started working as an assistant manager of the freshman dormitory at New York University. This new job gave her time to worked on her writings.

Meg Cabot married financial writer and poet Benjamin D. Egnatz on April 1, 1993. Their wedding date, April Fools 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.

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.

Cabot has written many novels for children, teenagers and adults, under several pen names: Meg Cabot, Meggin Cabot, Patricia Cabotand Jenny Carroll. Cabot has also written many types of novels, including historical romances, contemporary chick lit, and young adult series with themes of mystery and paranormal suspense. Her books have sold over 15 million copies in the world.

In October 2004, Cabot was named by The Guardian as the author of the month.