Michelle grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan before writing her first novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, in 2011. It was a 2011 YALSA Reader’s Choice selection, and the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2012.

  • These Words Matter: Michelle Hodkin

    Ask a writer to name the book that shaped her and you’re likely to get a list instead of a single recommendation. It’s hard to resist the temptation. There was The Joss Bird, which my mother lovingly read and reread on demand when I was two. Then The Velveteen Rabbit, at four. “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness, Amos & Boris by William Steig followed. Given my obsession with animals, it was no surprise that I graduated to the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell, The Wild Mustang and The Black Stallion books. I wanted a horse almost as much as I wanted a dog. (I…