Alexandra Bracken: Biography

Alexandra Bracken

27 feb 1987

Alexandra Bracken is an American author of fantasy novels for young adults. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, alongside her older sister and younger brother where she lived until she left for university. She graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in History and English. She wrote her first two novels whilst still in college and signed with an agent when she was just 21. She moved to New York straight out of college to attend a publishing course. She was then employed in the publishing industry for five years before becoming a full time writer.

Her debut novel, Brightly Woven, achieved third place in the 2010 GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Debut Author. She was also chosen to be the writer behind the novelisation of Episode IV A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farmboy. Perhaps her most well-known novels are those in her The Darkest Minds series. This series follows a girl with extraordinary powers following a battle with a deadly disease. She is left as one of the few surviving children of America and has to fight for a life worth living.

Alexandra Bracken has mentioned in interviews that she was hugely influenced by British authors of children’s books, namely JK Rowling and Roald Dahl. She has said that Dahl’s books are largely responsible for her own aspirations to be an author of books for children. Like many people of her generation, she grew up reading Harry Potter and felt the books to be an important part of her adolescence.