Elizabeth Kostova: Biography
26 dec 1964
Elizabeth Kostova is an American author who got fame and praises from her debutant novel, ‘The Historian’ which also bagged her Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year 2005. Elizabeth got interested in stories when she was young. Her father David was a professor and it was the stories that he narrated to Elizabeth on vampires made her grew interest in Draculas. Also since her mother Eleanor was a librarian, Elizabeth frequently visited libraries and got to read more.
Although Elizabeth Kostova was born in Connecticut, she spent her initial years in Europe because of her father’s career. She did her graduation in Yales University and acquired MFA from the University of Michigan, where she also won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress.
Elizabeth married Gyorgi Kostov in 1990. She worked as a business writing teacher and land scraper. A sudden spark made her write the novel, ‘The Historian’ which published in 2005 and it became to be the first debut novel to top the New York Times Best Seller list no. 1 position on the same week of publishing. The novel earned her a surprising $2 million advance, a huge amount for a first time novelist.
The novel, ‘The Historian’ was compared to the legendary ‘The Da Vinci Code’ before publication but Elizabeth ‘s novel went to outsell The Da Vinci Code’s first day sales. Her novel received the 2006 Book Sense Award for Best Adult Fiction. The film right of the novel was bought by Sony for $1.5 million.
Overwhelmed by the success of her first novel, Elizabeth created the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation which provides support for Bulgarian Creative Writing and nourishing the friendship between Bulgarian, American and British authors.
Elizabeth Kostova’s second novel, ‘The Swan Thieves’ published during 2010 and her fans are left with more expectations.