Marissa Meyer (born February 19, 1984) is an American novelist. Her debut novel, Cinder, was released on January 3, 2012. It is the first in her series The Lunar Chronicles, a quartet loosely based on the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meyer was born in Tacoma, Washington and attended Pacific Lutheran University where she received a degree in creative writing. Before writing Cinder, Meyer worked as a book editor for five years. Meyer is married to Jesse Taylor. In 2015, she and her husband adopted their twin daughters, Sloane and Delaney.