Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Tehran, Iran and spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, the first book of the Mortal Instruments, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favorite city. The Mortal Instruments went on to be New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestsellers, as did the subsequent Shadowhunters series, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices. Lady Midnight, the first of the Dark Artifices, spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. She also co-authored the bestselling Magisterium series with Holly Black. Cassandra lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and three cats.
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