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Gail Carson Levine Biography

Gail Carson Levine is the author of books like Ella Enchanted and Fairest.
Courtesy of HarperCollins

Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Birthplace: New York, New York

Gail Carson Levine - A True Artiste

As a child, Gail Carson Levine had no aspirations to be a writer. Sure, she liked reading stories and scribbling down random tales, but she loved painting and drawing. Gail pursued her love of these textile art forms until one day - when she took a class for writing and illustrating - and found out she didn't like illustrating half as much as she thought she did! For nine years, everything she wrote was rejected by publishers, but she just kept at it until finally someone took the bait.

Gail Carson Levine - Fairy Tale Fun

Gail's first published novel eventually became a cinematic success as well. Ella Enchanted hit book stores in 1997 and scored a Newbery Honor Award the following year. Readers around the world fell in love with the cursed Ella and have kept Gail Carson Levine busy writing new books every year since. Her newest addition to her fairy tale collection is titled Fairest, which follows ugly duckling Aza in her quest for happiness.

Gail Carson Levine - Did U Know?

  • Ella Enchanted was adapted into a feature film in 2004 starring Anne Hathaway.
  • Gail Carson Levine and her husband David wrote a children's musical called Spacenapped.
  • Gail Carson Levine has an Airedale Terrier named Jake.
  • Gail Carson Levine has written a non-fiction book about how you can be a successful writer called Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly.
  • Gail Carson Levine Says...

    "I had always been the hardest on myself when I drew and painted. I am not hard on myself when I write. I like what I write, so it is a much happier process."

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