Margaret Stohl is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series. Icons, Idols, and Black Widow: Forever Red are among her solo works. Stohl worked in the video gaming industry for Activision (now Activision Blizzard) and Westwood Studios (now Electronic Arts) before publishing her first novel. Margaret and her husband, Lewis Peterson, later co-founded 7 Studios. She has previously been nominated for the Game Developers Conference's Most Innovative Game Design award. Her spouse and daughters live in Santa Monica, California.