Marie Lu writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books (ironically, she was born in 1984). She was raised in China but left Beijing for the States in 1989 and eventually attended college at the University of Southern California. She currently resides in Pasadena, California, with her boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua cross.
She likes food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. She hates working out and gets lost very easily, but is a good driver. In her past life, Marie was an art director in the video game industry, but now she write full-time.
Author's Comment: Q: How did you come up with Legend?
A: One of the main characters in Legend, the boy criminal Day, has been in my imagination since I was 15. He started out as a teen rebel character in a fantasy novel I wrote in high school. I always had trouble thinking of a good rival or enemy for Day, though. I wanted someone who could match him. Then, one day in 2009, I was lying on the carpet in my living room (this is how I daydream), and the movie version of Les Miserables was on. The Jean Valjean vs. Javert concept started me thinking about Day, and the central idea for Legend came almost right away: Day vs. an equally sharp detective agent. I was so glad that I could bring Day back to life, because he's a character very close to my heart. [Source]