Mari Mancusi is a former Emmy award winning TV producer and author of more than two dozen sci-fi/fantasy books for kids, teens and adults including Gamer Girl, the Scorched series, The Blood Coven Vampires, and her newest series, The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek, published by Disney Books.
Her bestselling series have been chosen as featured selections in the Scholastic Book Fairs and clubs and have been selected by the American Library Association as “Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers” and “Popular Paperbacks.” In addition to writing, Mari is an avid cosplayer, horror aficionado, and MMORPG gamer. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and their young daughter.
Mari's favorite food is...
Ice cream! And her favorite flavor ice cream is cookies and cream. She also loves pizza. Especially with pineapple on it! While somewhat controversial, she loves marshmallow peeps and candy corn, too! Her favorite candy is Kit Kats.
Mari loves to cosplay.
She works all year long on elaborate costumes to wear at conventions like Comic Con and Dragon Con. She especially likes "mash-up" costumes where she takes two fandoms and mashes them together into one costume. For pictures of some of Mari's past cosplays, you can go here.
Mari LOVES video games.
Favorites include SKYRIM, the FALLOUT series, the FINAL FANTASY series, and WORLD OF WARCRAFT. Sadly, she cannot play first person shooters (or third person shooters like Fortnite) because they make her sick to her stomach.
Sadly, Mari was unable to pull the sword from the stone and thus never became Queen of England.
Mari is a DISNEY NINJA.
In addition to writing for Disney, Mari is a Disney super nerd. She goes to the parks at least three times a year. She's been to Disney World in Florida, Disney Land in California, Disney Paris and Tokyo Disney. Her favorite ride is THE HAUNTED MANSION.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MARI
Mari is a snowboarder.
While she's lives in Texas now, when she was growing up, she lived up in the northeast in Massachusetts. And every weekend she'd pack up the car and go to the mountains to snowboard. (She can ski, too, but much prefers snowboarding.) The Vermont mountain of Stowe was the inspiration for her book, GOLDEN GIRL.
For high-res author photos, click here to access Mari's press kit.
Mari is a huge reader
In addition to writing, Mari also loves to read. Her favorite types of books are sci-fi/fantasy novels though she also enjoys horror. The Sorting Hat found her to be Slytherin, which is clearly the best Hogwart's house.