Richelle Mead was born in Michigan on November 12, 1976. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in comparative religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master's degree in teaching (middle and high school English) from the University of Washington. Before becoming a full-time author, she taught eighth grade social studies and English. She writes the Georgina Kincaid series and the Dark Swan series for adults and the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series for young adults. Vampire Academy was made into a major motion picture in 2014. <p> Richelle's book Soundless made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015 and her book The Glittering Court made the list in 2016. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)