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.
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 2014.
Second Chance Summer
Junior Library Guild Selection
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Readers
News & Appearances
An Evening With Local Authors
Thursday, August 8th
Mrs. Nelson's Book Shop
Book talk, Q&A, Signing
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA
I'll be appearing alongside authors Jessi Kirby, Joanna Philbin, Cecil Castellucci, Eliza Wheeler, and more!
Summer Writing Workshop for Teens!
Newport Beach Library
With Jessi Kirby.
LA Times Festival of Books
"Call Me, Maybe?"
Panel discussion with Sarah Dessen, Gayle Forman and Robin Benway
Book signing to follow!
Sunday April 21st
Los Angeles, CA
Panel Discussion/ Book Signing
Teen Book Fest
Saturday, May 11