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 University. After publishing half a dozen romance novels, she turned to teaching high school English and later to writing for young adults. She enjoys playing with her grandkids, reading, singing in a local chorus, and taking walks. 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 series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes full time from her home in Connecticut.
From my toy store roots to my wish for a super power, my May 12, 2016 podcast interview with Blondie & the Brit covers how and why I came to be on my couch writing YA novels.