Erin Morgenstern: Biography

Erin Morgenstern

08 jul 1978

Erin Morgenstern is an American author and multimedia artist. Erin grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts and attended Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. There she studied theatre and studio art before graduating in 2000. She was signed by Inkwell Management after more than thirty literary agents had rejected her and her first novel. In autumn 2010 she sold her debut novel, The Night Circus, to Doubleday.

Morgenstern’s novel, The Night Circus, is a fantasy book which tells the story of a magical circus travelling in an alternate late 19th century. It has been compared to works by incredibly successful fantasy and science fiction writers such as Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Susanna Clarke and Ray Bradbury. It is a book written with an adult audience in mind but is often recommended to teenage readers. The novel won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 2012 along with an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was also featured on The New York Times Best Seller List for a total of seven weeks.

Erin Morgenstern takes part in the National Novel Writing Month every year, and it was during this time that she wrote the draft which would eventually become The Night Circus. Morgenstern now lives in New York City. She continues to write and paint and is currently working on her second novel which is yet to be given a publication date. She has announced that it will not be a sequel to The Night Circus and will be a different, completely separate standalone novel.