Libba Bray: Biography

Libba Bray

11 mar 1964

Libba Bray is an adventurous energetic, humour some, playful, motivational and highly talented American author of young adult novels. Few of Libba’s famous works include the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, Going Bovine and The Diviners.

Born as Martha Elizabeth Bray, Libba had a flair for writing right from her young age. She wrote her first story in the 6th grade, the copy of which is treasured by her mother even now. Libba spent most of her life in Texas. Out of her interest in writing, she studied Theatre at the University of Texas.

Libba Bray’s life is an inspiration to many. Libba met with a car accident when she was eighteen. This incident had a major effect in her life. She had to undergo thirteen surgeries over a period of six years to rebuild her face. Even today Libba sees the world with an artificial left eye. It was during this time, Libba understood the power of writing.

Libba started to write in order to overcome her sorrow. She started gaining hope. Libba feels that writing is the best way to come out of any complex situations in life. Being a sportive person, Libba worked in the publicity department of Penguin Putnam and in book advertising. Even Libba’s marriage did not happen normally. She eloped with her husband to Italy and married there. Libba’s husband Barry Goldblatt is a children’s book agent. It was actually Barry who encouraged Libba to write young adult novel.

Libba’s debut novel, ‘A Great and Terrible Beauty’ became a New York Times best-seller. Her work, ‘Going Bovine’ won the annual Michael L.Printz Award from the American Library Association for literary excellence in young adult literature.

Libba now lives in New York with her husband, son and her cats. During her free time she sings, plays drums and has fun with her cats.