Claudia Gray is the New York Times bestselling author of Defy the Stars, Defy the Worlds, the Firebird trilogy, the Evernight series, the Spellcaster series, and Fateful, among other science fiction and paranormal fantasy stories for young readers. She's also worked as the author of the Star Wars novels Lost Stars, Bloodline, and Leia, Princess of Alderaan in a galaxy far, far away. She is a born fangirl who enjoys obsessing about nerdy movies and TV episodes, as well as reading and occasionally creating fanfiction; yet, she occasionally leaves the house to go kayaking, hiking, or traveling across the world. Any day, any time, she will accept your Jane Austen trivia challenge. She is currently based in New Orleans.