|“||I grew up wanting the world to be strange, stranger than it was. It's the reason why I'm always drawn to the speculative and supernatural. It gives me a chance to write the world stranger than it is. I like the freedom of it. I treat fantasy as a metaphor; I love to give physical shape and face and concrete form to an idea. [...] It allows me to ask very complicated 'what if' questions in very exciting, plot-active ways. It's like I want to ask the really deep questions but ask them in a way where you don't realize you are being challenged until you are in the book.||”|
V. E. Schwab is a British-American author.
Until 2021, she wrote adult novels under V. E. Schwab and young adult and middle-grade novels under Victoria Schwab. From 2021 onward, all of her books will be published under "V. E. Schwab."
Schwab's pronouns are she/they.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Bibliography
- 2.1 Adult books
- 2.2 Young Adult books
- 2.3 Middle Grade books
- 2.4 Other works
- 3 Unidentified teasers
- 4 Trivia
- 5 External links
- 6 References
Schwab originally studied Astrophysics before changing her major six times until she settled on Communication Design for her undergrad. She also has a Master in Medieval Art History, and a Minor in Creative Writing.
On May 1, 2018, Schwab held the sixth annual J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature in Pembroke College, Oxford. Their speech was titled "In Search of Doors."
Shades of Magic trilogy
Threads of Power trilogy
Young Adult books
The Archived trilogy
Monsters of Verity duology
Middle Grade books
Everyday Angel trilogy
City of Ghosts series
- "The World on Fire" (2010) — Parts 1-5, Finale
- Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy: "Death Knell" (2017)
- (Don't) Call Me Crazy: "Black Hole" (2018)
- Vampires Never Get Old: "First Kill" (2020)
- Fantastic Worlds: Impossible Places: "A Royal Affair" (2021) — set in the Shades of Magic world
- Three secret book projects
- First Kill TV series (writer, creator, executive producer)
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue movie (screenwriter)
List of teasers Schwab shared which can be from any of her upcoming books and, thus, do not necessarily belong to the Shades of Magic series.
She lived and worked in the little shop, surrounded by broken magic and a dead owl named Vares.
This isn't the beginning, but it's a place to start.
The master of the house is hungry.
- Her favorite scenes to write are fight scenes. She also loves describing fashion, and creates her fictional languages "from the ground up, structurally, grammatically, phonetically."
- Schwab focuses on movement when writing her fight scenes and less on exact details. She thinks of her fight scenes as dances and choreographs them.
- Before Schwab sold The Near Witch, she had written only one other book: The Shadow Mile which was never published, but set the foundation for the City of Ghosts series.
- Their fans are officially called "Schwablins"—a term coined by the Titan Publishing Group. In turn, Schwab herself would be the "Schwablin Queen."
- One of her favorite Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince panels are the ones of the Antari drawing a blood mark as it gave her "Sandman style chills."
- She possesses a Kell Maresh body pillow.
- Some dream projects of theirs are a book about Julie d'Aubigny, a super queer vampire book, and a mercenary society book.
- Her favorite font is Cochin and she writes all her drafts in it.
- Schwab used to be a pantser, but now meticulously outlines her stories; she calls her outlines, her "story skeletons."
- They wholeheartedly believe in happy endings—though they should also thinks they should be earned.
- Schwab has multiple cat ears which were given to her by fans. As of December 2019, she owns more than 30 pairs.
- They are willing to sell their soul to have one of their books turned into an anime. She also thinks that, out of all her books, This Savage Song would make the best anime.
- They do not have a favorite book among their own.
- Schwab's favorite anime is Cowboy Bepop. Vicious is her love letter to it.
- Their favorite food items are cheddar and dark chocolate.
- Schwab's favorite tea variety is black English Breakfast in the morning. While in the evening, her favorite is darjeeling, jasmine, or mint green tea. She despises Earl Grey Tea which she calls an "impostor" or "Satan's drink." She also does not like its smell.
- She is a competitive épée fencer.
- Schwab is both a cat and a dog person.
- Their favorite place is Edinburgh, and their favorite quote is "I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of stars still makes me dream" by Vincent van Gogh.
- They have a bracelet on which "WWNGD"—"What Would Neil Gaiman Do"—is engraved.
- The title of her old Tumblr blog—"Victorialand"—is a reference to her childhood when she told her parents she "was living in Victorialand, [...] a magical, if somewhat morbid place."
- Her grandfather and great-uncles founded Schwab's Pharmacy.
Apart from the potential A Darker Shade of Magic movie, the following works by Schwab are currently considered to be adapted into either movies or TV shows:
- Vicious: In 2013, the film rights were brought by Story Mining & Supply Co and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions. In 2014, Alexander Felix was hired to write the screenplay. In 2016, Schwab stated that the movie option got renewed, there is a final script, and the process to find a director has started.
- This Savage Song: In 2016, Sony optioned the novel for a movie. The producers will be Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safe House Pictures, and Palak Patel and Aimee Rivera will oversee for Sony.
- City of Ghosts: In 2018, it was reported that CW is developing a TV series. Karen Wyscarver and Sanford Golden will be the show's writers and executive producers. A tentative synopsis was given which deviates significantly from the source material: "In the series, after a near-death experience, college grad Cassidy moves to Scotland to study paranormal psychology at the University of Edinburgh in hopes of learning more about her strange connection to the afterlife. There she meets the enigmatic Dr. Barrow and discovers that her gift is more powerful that she ever thought possible."
- As of 2021, the series is now in the works at ABC Signature and Searchlight Television. David Lowery and Sehaj Sethi replace Wyscarver and Golden as the show's writers. Lowery will also direct the series. Schwab is now one of the executive producers alongside Sailor Bear's Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston, Britt Poulton, and G-Base's Danielle Robinson, Gerard Butler, and Alan Siegel. The tentative series synopsis has also changed: "'City of Ghosts' follows a young teenage girl, Cass, who finds herself embroiled in an epic battle between ghosts and humanity as she discovers powers to see a spectral world beyond 'the Veil' and to fight the evil forces within. Cass accompanies her parents to Edinburgh, where they will host a TV show about the bloodiest chapters of history, and where she will discover her gifts in one of the most haunted places on earth."
- The Archived: In 2019, it was announced that the CW is developing a TV series based on the novels. Liz Sczudlo, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein will be the executive producers. Sczudlo will also write the show which will not revolve around Mackenzie and Wesley, though they will definitely cameo. A tentative description of the series was provided: "In the series, the eldest child in a family of ghost hunters, Bex has trained her entire life for the day she'll take up the mantle of 'the chosen one.' But when her dad dies and her local-weather-girl sister wakes up with the familial powers instead, these night-and-day sisters will have to figure out how to work together and save the world." The series will also focus on the library of the dead.
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: In 2020, Studio eOne acquired rights for the movie, and Gerard Butler's company G-Base will produce it. Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage wrote the initial draft of the screenplay before Schwab herself became the movie's screenwriter. As of 2021, Augustine Frizzell will direct the movie. She will also write the screenplay with her husband, the filmmaker David Lowery. While Schwab is not the screenwriter anymore, she is now one of the movie's producers.
- First Kill: In 2020, it was announced that Schwab's short story from the Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite anthology was acquired by Netflix to be adapted into a TV series which will consist of eight one-hour episodes. Emma Roberts and her studio Belletrist Productions will produce the show, and Felicia D. Henderson will be the showrunner and one of the writers. Karah Preiss, co-founder of Belletrist Productions, and Schwab are also executive producers alongside Roberts. Additionally, Schwab is the series' creator and one of its writers. On March 10, 2021, it was announced that Sarah Catherine Hook and Imani Lewis have been cast to play the main characters Juliette and Calliope. On May 27, 2021, the series' full cast was revealed.
- When it's time for teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) to make her first kill so she can take her place among a powerful vampire family, she sets her sights on a new girl in town named Calliope (Imani Lewis). But much to Juliette's surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter from a family of celebrated slayers. Both find that the other won't be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to fall for.