25 Things You Didn’t Know About Meg Cabot

  1. Meg’s written over 80 books which have been published in 38 countries, including the US, UK, Brazil, France, Germany, and Japan.
  2. She has over 25 million books in print.
  3. Meg was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008 (it runs in her family) which is sad because her favorite foods are pizza and beer.
  4. But don’t feel sorry for her because many of Meg’s books have been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, in addition to being USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and BookSense bestsellers.
  5. Meg wrote her first story at the age of 7. It was called “Benny the Puppy.” Benny’s entire family dies in a freak prairie tornado.
  6. Meg’s writing career began in 1998 when her first historical romance for adults, Where Roses Grow Wild, was published under the pen name Patricia Cabot so her grandmother wouldn’t know she was writing books with sex in them.
  7. The Princess Diaries, Meg’s first book under her real name, was rejected by every publisher in North America except Avon/HarperCollins.
  8. The American Library Association called The Princess Diaries: “Like reading a note from your best friend.”
  9. Meg met her husband when she was 16, but they didn’t start dating until she was 24. They have been married for over 20 years.
  10. The movie “Ice Princess” starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Kim Catrall, was based on a story by Meg Cabot.
  11. Meg can name all fifty states in alphabetical order in less than 30 seconds.
  12. Meg’s been blogging since 2003. Her post about her experience on 9/11 has been incorporated into the curriculum of some classrooms.
  13. Meg’s 1-800-Where-R-You series was made into a television series called Missing starring Vivica A Fox for the Lifetime Channel. It ran for 3 seasons.
  14. All author proceeds from Meg’s historical romance novel, Ransom My Heart, are donated to Greenpeace.
  15. Meg’s mother was an extra in the Oscar-winning 1979 coming-of-age film Breaking Away.
  16. In addition to holding #1 on the New York Times Children’s Chapter Bestseller List for six weeks, Meg’s book All American Girl won the Washington State’s 2005 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award.
  17. Meg is an insomniac. That’s how she’s written so many books.
  18. The best gift Meg has been given by a fan (so far) is a life-size, papier-mâché replica of Princess Mia’s cat, Fat Louie.
  19. Meg is a member of the Author’s Guild, the Screenwriters Guild, The Romance Writers of America, and Literati with Lyme, which helps raise awareness about lyme disease, which Meg contracted in 2002.
  20. Safe House, from the 1-800-Where-R-You series, was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2003.
  21. Meg’s “Boy” books are popular world wide because of their “short chapters,” “realistic but romantic plots,” and “satisfying” endings. The “Boy” books are told in text, email, and journal format.
  22. Meg enjoys supporting young writers and has judged the Seventeen Magazine Fiction Contest several times.
  23. When Meg was 26, her father died suddenly, giving her the idea for the best-selling Mediator series, about a girl who mediates between the living and the dead.
  24. Meg has contributed 100% of the proceeds from stories she’s written for anthologies to the Teenage Cancer Trust, War Child, No Strings, Lisa Libraries, Kids Company, the New York Public Libraries, Reading Is Fundamental, The Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York City, First Book, the UN Refugee Agency, and Girls Write Now.
  25. Meg’s been called “a master at entertaining and amusing readers” by Booklist, but her favorite accomplishment so far is writing books that fans call their favorite “comfort read.” She hopes to continue to keep doing so for a long time!