Morgan Matson was born in 1981 and grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.
Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize.
In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.
Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012. It was inspired by her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. It was named to the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and selected as a School Library Journal Best Book of 2012.
Her third book, Since You've Been Gone, will be published on May 6th, 2014.
Morgan's work has been published all over the world, and translated into 10 languages so far.
She lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2016.
Since You've Been Gone
Second Chance Summer
Junior Library Guild Selection
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Readers
News & Appearances
Sunday, April 12
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
2pm - BAD BOYS, MANIC PIXIES, LOVE TRIANGLES: TROPES WE LOVE & HATE
Colet Abedi, Robin Benway, Anna Carey, Katie Cotugno, Leila Howland, Morgan Matson. Moderated by Melissa de la Cruz.
3pm - ONE QUICK QUESTION: LIGHTNING ROUND
Greg Boose, Abigail Haas, Jessi Kirby, Morgan Matson, Sara Raasch, Elissa Sussman, Sonya Sones, Lisa Yee.
Moderated by MARIE LU &L EIGH BARDUGO
4pm - SIGNING
LA TImes Festival Of Books
3 PM| YA Stage
Young Adult Fiction: I'll Be There For You
A panel discussion with some of my favorite authors and friends!
Jessi Kirby, Robin Benway, Brandi Colbert
Moderated by Aaron Hartzler
Pasadena Teen Book Fest
Details to come!
Bay Area Book Festival
Details to come!