Margaret Stohl was born in Pasadena, California in 1967. She is the co-author, along with her friend Kami Garcia of the "Caster Chronicles" book series, starting with Beautiful Creatures. The series, currently consisting of four books and a novella is generally classified as a contemporary young adult fantasy novel, with particular interest for teens. It is set in the fictional small town of Gatlin, South Carolina in the Southern United States, and deals with a group of townspeople, friends, witches (called "Casters" in the books), and numerous other magical creatures. She has also written books outside of this series.
The first book, Beautiful Creatures reached International Bestseller Status and is on the New York Times Best Seller List. It has been published in 39 countries and translated into 28 languages. It was made into the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures. Her books and the film adaptation have found wide audiences.
Margaret Stohl also works in the video game industry. She formerly worked for Activision, Westwood Studios, and Electronic Arts and cofounded "7 Studios." A graduate of Amherst College, where she won the Knox Prize for English Literature, Margaret earned a master's degree in English from Stanford University and completed coursework for a doctorate in American Studies at Yale University. Margaret was a teaching assistant in Romantic Poetry at Stanford and in Film Studies at Yale. She attended the Creative Writing program of the University of East Anglia, where she was mentored by the Scottish poet George MacBeth. In 2013, the first book in her own series, both titled "Icons," was released.