Frequently Asked Questions – About Meg Cabot

When and where were you born?
In Bloomington, Indiana, on February 1, 1967.

Did you like high school?
Not very much.

Where did you go to college, what did you study, and when did you graduate?
Indiana University at Bloomington, IN. I studied studio arts and graduated in 1991.

If you like writing so much, why did you study art and not writing?
Because a random guy I met at a party I went to in high school told me not to study creative writing because in his opinion studying creative writing as a major sucks the love of writing out of you (he was a creative writing major, so he said he would know). I did not want the love of writing sucked out of me, so I followed his advice (however, I did take a few creative writing workshops at IU and I enjoyed them very much). Instead, I had the love of art sucked out of me. Years later I met that guy from the party again in New York City where I moved after college to be an illustrator, and we got married.

How long did it take you to get your first book published?
It took me three years of sending out query letters every day to get an agent, and a year for her to find me a publisher.

What was the first book of yours that ever got published?
Where Roses Grow Wild, written as Patricia Cabot.

How old were you when your first book got published?
I was 30.

Why do you have books written under names that aren’t yours, like Jenny Carroll and Patricia Cabot?

When I first started writing professionally, I wrote for three different publishers, and so had two pen names (Jenny and Patricia). Now all of my books are written under the same name, my real name, Meg Cabot.