Author of much-hyped fantasy novel The Queen of the Tearling
Even before its publication, Erika Johansen's debut high fantasy novel was optioned for a film adaption, with Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame set to star in it. The Queen of the Tearling, the first in a planned trilogy, takes place in a medieval land in a distant future. Months before the book was even released, comparisons had been made to George R. R. Martin's Games of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.