Cassandra Clare was born July 27, 1973 in Tehran, Iran. She moved around a lot as a child, living in Switzerland, England, and France. Eventually, she settled down in Los Angeles. It was then, in 2004, when Clare started working on her manuscript for City of Bones while employed under various magazines and tabloids. The book became a bestseller upon its release, and gathered a large number of awards and accolades. Clare now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts where she continues to produce new novels for the young adult genre. Clare's official site can be located at http://www.cassandraclare.com/. Meanwhile, she also manages two different blogs--a Tumblr and a LiveJournal. Students can also use social networking application, Twitter, to contact Clare.