About Caragh

Photo: (c) Tomy O'Brien 2014

Photo: (c) Tomy O’Brien 2014

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Caragh M. O’Brien grew up in a family of seven children with parents who ran a toy store and loved books. She attended the Visitation of the Convent School, which had salamanders in the playground, and later St. Paul Academy and Summit School, where she was active with the school chorus, the orchestra, and the volleyball team. She earned her B.A. in Physics from Williams College and her M.A. in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. After publishing half a dozen romance novels, she turned to teaching high school English and later to writing for young adults.  She also leads a writing workshop at Journey House, sings in a local chorus, and enjoys discussions with her book group. Caragh now lives and writes from her home in Connecticut.

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Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

Upcoming Events

February 16, 2016: The Rule of Mirrors (The Vault of Dreamers Book 2) comes out! It will be available in bookstores and online, and it is available now for preorder.

February 29, 2016: I'll be joining writers Cecil Castellucci, Kiersten White, and V.E. Schwab at The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, CA on Monday, February 29th at 7:30 for a panel and book signing.
March 18, 2016: I'll be joining YA writers Veronica Rossi and Stephanie Kuehn for a Not Your Mother's Book Club event at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, San Francisco on Friday, March 18th, at 7:00 p.m. Details here.