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 book, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue was a New York Times bestseller, an ABA bestseller, earned five starred reviews, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and was awarded a 2018 StoneWall Book Award honor and the New England Book Award.

She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home, where she works as an independent bookstore manager and pets every dog she meets.