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Gail Carson Levine
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    (September 17, 1947- )
    Born in Manhattan, New York
    Birth name was Gail Carson
    Young adult author known for writing 'fairy tales with a twist'
    Wrote 'Ella Enchanted' (1997), 'Dave at Night' (1999), 'The Wish' (2000), 'The Princess Tales Volume One' (2002), 'The Princess Tales Volume Two' (2004), 'Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg' (2005), 'Fairest' (2006), 'Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand' (2008) and 'Fairies and the Quest for Never Land' (2010)
    Before writing, she worked for the state of New York as a welfare administrator.
    She originally planned to be an illustrator of children's books, but realized that she preferred writing over illustrating.
    She finds writing contemporary fiction difficult 'because I am not really in the popular culture -- I don't have a TV.'
    The inspiration for 'Ella Enchanted': 'I had to write something and couldn't think of a plot, so I decided to write a Cinderella story because it already had a plot.'
    Her first published book, 'Ella Enchanted,' won a Newberry Honor.
    'Publishers Weekly' wrote that her heroines 'defy fairy-tale stereotypes.'
    She holds writing workshops for the children in her community: 'It's great. It's the best thing I do, I think.'

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