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Published:September 11th, 2014 19:06 EST
Kirsten Haglund, Miss America and Meg Cabot, Princess Diaries on The AP with Judyth Piazza

Kirsten Haglund, Miss America and Meg Cabot, Princess Diaries on The AP with Judyth Piazza

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

The defining moment in Kirsten`s life was realizing she had an eating disorder and "making the decision, my own decision, to recover." Upon meeting her, people might not realize that "I love books and academia and school, I love to watch the news, and I will forever be an enormous Harry Potter fan (yes, I waited until midnight to get my book at the past four release parties!)"

Kirsten is most proud of the time she performed as a soloist with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Favorite TV Show: Will & Grace

Favorite Place to Visit: Edinburgh, Scotland

Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate

I was influenced by: My mother, most certainly. As a nurse and church leader, she is my role model for faith, character, and love.

State I`ve always wanted to visit: Georgia, because I love history; I want to visit the battlefields, the museums, and the plantations.

Something interesting about my family: My Grandmother represented Michigan at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in 1944.

I can`t live without: Vitamin B!



Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy`s Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new middle grade series called Allie Finkle`s Rules for Girls, as well as an edgy new YA series, Airhead, both of which debut in Spring of 2008. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2009.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn`t know he married a fire horse. Please don`t tell him.