Subject Young adult literature
Name Morgan Matson
Genre Realistic fiction
|Born Morgan Katie Matson
19 September 1981 (age 41)
New York City,
United States (1981-09-19) |
Notable awards Commonwealth Club of California
Books Second Chance Summer, Since You've Been Gone, Amy y Roger / Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Amy on the Summer Road
Nominations Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction
Similar People Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell, Kasie West
Author morgan matson on her novel amy roger s epic detour
Morgan Catherine Matson (born September 19, 1981), also known under her pseudonym Katie Finn, is a best-selling American novelist and recipient of the California Book Award.
- Author morgan matson on her novel amy roger s epic detour
- Book review since you ve been gone by morgan matson
- Early life and education
- Personal life
Book review since you ve been gone by morgan matson
Early life and education
Morgan Matson was born in New York City on September 19, 1981 and grew up in both New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She has one brother, Jason Matson, who is a lawyer.
After graduating from high school, Matson attended Occidental College in Los Angeles as a theatre major. The move from the east coast to the west coast would later inspire her second novel (her first under the Matson name), Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. Halfway through Matson's degree in theatre she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and decided to add English as a double major.
Following college graduation, Matson moved back to New York to attend The New School where she received her M.F.A. in Writing for Children. It was at The New School that Matson met fellow authors, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. After obtaining her M.F.A. Matson moved back to California where she attended the University of Southern California and acquired another degree, this one in Screenwriting.
Matson's first novel, Top 8, was published in 2008 under the name Katie Finn, inspired by her middle name. However, Matson's second novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, was published in 2010 under the name Morgan Matson. Matson has described the difference in author names coming down to the different styles of the novels. In her novels written under the pseudonym Katie Finn, the story is much more plot driven whereas the novels written under the name Morgan Matson deal a lot more with a character discovering something about themselves.
Matson has been most notable with her novels written under the name Morgan Matson. The first of those, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, published in 2010, was named an ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Readers, shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize, and was designated as a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start" Book. Matson garnered similar critical acclaim with her second novel under the Matson name, Second Chance Summer, inspired by Matson's summers in the Pocono Mountains, which won the California Book Award and was also a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a 2012 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Matson's third book under the Matson name, Since You've Been Gone, was published in 2014 and was a Publishers Weekly bestseller. Most recently, Matson's fourth book under the Matson Name, The Unexpected Everything was published in 2016 and debuted at number six on the 'Young Adult Hardcover' New York Times Bestseller List and was 'Number One New Release' in Amazon's Teen and Young Adult Fiction.
Matson currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her dog. In the 2016 Presidential Election, she supported Hillary Clinton.