Cassandra Clare

Judith Lewis (née Rumelt, born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.[1][2][3]

Cassandra Clare
Clare in 2013
BornJudith Rumelt
(1973-07-27) July 27, 1973
Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
GenreYoung adult fiction
Literary movementContemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, fantasy of manners
Notable worksThe Mortal Instruments series
SpouseJoshua Lewis

Personal life

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran, Iran. Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author, respectively.[4] Her maternal grandfather was film producer Max Rosenberg.[5] Clare is Jewish, and has described her family as "not religious".[6][7]

As a child, Clare traveled frequently, spending time in Switzerland, England, and France. She returned to Los Angeles for high school, and from then on split her time between California and New York City, where she worked at various entertainment magazines and tabloids, including The Hollywood Reporter.[8]

While living in Los Angeles Clare began writing fan fiction using the name Cassandra Claire. The Draco Trilogy, based on Harry Potter and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings were popular.[9][10] However, she deleted her fan fiction from the Internet shortly before her first novel, The City of Bones, was published under the name Cassandra Clare.[1]

She is also friends with author Holly Black, and their books occasionally overlap, Clare mentioning characters from Black's novels and vice versa, such as Val and Luis from Black's Valiant.[11]

Clare is also credited by her publisher with creating the "City of Fallen Angels treatment" where a tangible "letter" from one character to another is attached to the back of physical copies of a book. The goal is to spur print book sales.[4]

She currently resides in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband, Joshua Lewis, and three cats.[1][12]

The Mortal Instruments series

In 2004, Clare started working on her first-published novel, City of Bones, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan. City of Bones was released by Simon & Schuster in 2007 and is a contemporary fantasy story revolving around characters Clary Fray, Jace Wayland, and Simon Lewis, which became a The New York Times bestseller upon its release. City of Ashes and City of Glass completed the first trilogy. A subsequent second trilogy contained three more books: City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire.

There is a prequel trilogy called The Infernal Devices, which is set in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but set in the Victorian era. This consisting of three books: Clockwork Angel, published on August 31, 2010, Clockwork Prince, published on December 6, 2011, and Clockwork Princess, published on March 19, 2013.[13]

A fourth trilogy set in this universe was announced in 2012, to be collectively known as The Dark Artifices. The new contemporary series is set in Los Angeles, and follow female shadowhunter Emma Carstairs, who was introduced in City of Heavenly Fire.[14] The first book, Lady Midnight, was released in March 2016; the second, Lord of Shadows was released in April 2017; the third, Queen of Air and Darkness was released on December 4, 2018.[15][16]

There are also two series of interconnected short stories set in this universe. The first is The Bane Chronicles, completed in 2014 and written with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson, and the second is the planned Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, written with Brennan and Johnson as well as Robin Wasserman.[17]

The first book in The Mortal Instruments was made into a film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), by Unique Features and Constantin Film.[18] First-time writer Jessica Postigo wrote the screenplay.[19][20] Lily Collins played Clary Fray and Jamie Campbell Bower played Jace Wayland.

After a disappointing box office performance, subsequent movies in the series were cancelled. A television adaptation of The Mortal Instruments called Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments began airing in January, 2016, and has been renewed for a second season.


City of Bones

  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[21]
  • Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007
  • An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008[22]
  • 2010 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers[21]
  • Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award[23]
  • Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award[24]
  • A Texas TAYSHAS title 2010[25]
  • Shortlisted for the 2010 Evergreen Young Adult Book Award[26]
  • Shortlisted for The 2010 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award[27]
  • Shortlisted for The North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award[28]
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (Teen) 2010[29]
  • Iowa High School Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[30]
  • North Carolina YA Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[31]
  • New Hampshire Flume Teen Reader's Choice Award Nominee, 2010[32]
  • Nevada Young Readers’ Award Nominee 2010[33]
  • Ohio Buckeye Teen Book Award Nominee, 2009[34]
  • Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave Reading List Title 2008[35]
  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee 2009-2010[36]
  • Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards[37]

City of Ashes

  • A 2009 ALA Teens Top Ten Title[38]


The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Mortal Instruments

Mortal Instruments Companion Books

The Infernal Devices

The Dark Artifices

The Magisterium Series

This series is co-written with Holly Black.

Short fiction

  • "The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord", Turn the Other Chick, ed. Esther Friesner, Baen Books (2004) (writing as Cassandra Claire)[39]
  • "Charming", So Fey, ed. Steve Berman, Haworth Press (2007)
  • "Graffiti", Magic in the Mirrorstone, ed. Steve Berman, Mirrorstone Books (2008)
  • "Other Boys", The Eternal Kiss, ed. Trisha Telep, Running Press (2009)
  • "The Mirror House", Vacations from Hell, ed. Farrin Jacobs, HarperCollins (2009)
  • "I Never", Geektastic, ed. Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci, Little, Brown (2009)
  • "Cold Hands", ZVU: Zombies Versus Unicorns, ed. Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, Simon and Schuster (2010)
  • "The Perfect Dinner Party" (w/Holly Black), Teeth: Vampire Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, HarperCollins (2011)
  • "The Rowan Gentleman" (w/Holly Black), in Welcome to Bordertown (2011)
  • "Sisters Before Misters" (w/Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black) in Dark Duets: All-New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy (2014)

Fan fiction (writing as Cassandra Claire)

  • The Draco Trilogy: "Draco Dormiens", "Draco Sinister", and "Draco Veritas" (Harry Potter)[9]
  • The Very Secret Diaries (The Lord of the Rings)[10]


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