Josephine Angelini, a Massachusetts native and current resident of Los Angeles, made her authorial debut with the young adult fantasy novel Starcrossed from HarperCollins. The first novel in a planned trilogy, Starcrossed chronicles the story of 16-year-old Helen Hamilton, who gradually learns that she is a reincarnation of Helen of Troy and that her love of a new boy in town is destined to start a war.
The second book in the trilogy, Dreamless, is due out in May 2012, and Angelini is at work on the third installment. She says she also starting to conceptualize a new series.
Angelini was born in the tiny Massachusetts town of Ashland as the youngest of six sisters and one brother. Her father was a farmer, and she is proud to say that she can still drive a tractor.
She moved to New York to study theater in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in the classics and then moved to Los Angeles, where she still lives with her husband.
Angelini's young adult fiction is inspired by her childhood growing up with six fiery, wisecracking older sisters and reading any book she could get hands on. She carted her favorite books from childhood across the continent with her and wants to write books that some teen girl will love just as much.
Her stories teach young girls that they should figure out what makes them different and special and embrace it as their strength. Angelini has found the vehicle to teach that lesson by adapting ancient Greek mythology to the modern world of teenagers.