Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults, and her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, The Boston Globe, Crixeo, and The Newport Review, among others.
Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing, won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her second novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was a New York Times bestseller, an ABA bestseller, has been optioned for TV by Greg Berlanti, and was awarded a 2018 StoneWall Book Award honor and the New England Book Award. The sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and PIracy, debuted at #3 on the New York TImes Bestseller list amid critical praise. She is also the author of Bygone Badass Broads, a collection of short biographies of women in history you probably don’t know about but should, and is currently working on a series for Marvel Press.
She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three with her St. Bernard, Queenie.