Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. She was born in Michigan and obtained degrees from three different universities: a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan, a Master of Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Teaching from the University of Washington. She worked as a teacher until the publication of her first book, 'Succubus Blues' in 2007. A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, travelling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She's a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous. Richelle currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats.
None of my characters or situations are based on anything in real life - it all comes from my head! That being said, the things in my head are fuelled by the world around me. I do a lot of mythological research, and often that triggers an idea for a book (like how the Romanian myth of Strigoi and Moroi inspired Vampire Academy). Sometimes tiny little things I observe in the world will spark an idea too. Writing and story creating is so complex that there's no one good answer to say where a book comes from.