Tahereh Mafi

Tahereh Mafi (November 9, 1988) is an American author based in Santa Monica, California. She is known for writing young adult fiction.

Tahereh Mafi
Mafi at BookCon in 2018
Mafi at BookCon in 2018
Born (1988-11-09) November 9, 1988 (age 33)
Connecticut, United States
NationalityIranian American
Alma materSoka University
GenreYoung Adult literature
Notable worksShatter Me
(m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Mafi was born on November 9, 1988, in a small town in Connecticut. She is the youngest child of her family and has four older brothers.[1] Mafi's parents are immigrants from Iran.[2] At age 12 she moved with her family to Northern California and at age 14 they moved to Orange County.[3]

Mafi graduated from University High School in Irvine, California. She later graduated from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California.[2] She has varying levels of competency in eight different languages. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a semester in college. During this trip she had the opportunity to be fully immersed in the Spanish language.[1]


Mafi stated that before writing her first novel, Shatter Me, she wrote five manuscripts in order to better understand how to write a book.[4]

Shatter Me was published on November 15, 2011. Since then, Unravel Me (published on February 5, 2013) and Ignite Me (published on February 4, 2014) have been published. Mafi also has two novellas that go with the Shatter Me series, Destroy Me and Fracture Me.[5] Film rights to Shatter Me have been purchased by 20th Century Fox.[2]

In August 2016 Mafi released Furthermore, a middle-grade fiction novel about a pale girl living in a world of great color and magic of which she has none.[6]

In April 2017, Mafi announced another trilogy in the Shatter Me universe following the same cast of characters. The first installment, Restore Me, is told from a dual-POV from Juliette Ferrars and Warner, the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, in the original trilogy. Restore Me was published on March 6, 2018.

Mafi's next book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, was released on October 16, 2018. It was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Mafi currently resides in Irvine, California, where she continues to write.[8] She is Muslim. In 2013 she married author Ransom Riggs.[8][9] In March 2017, Mafi announced via Twitter that she was pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter, Layla, on 30 May 2017. [10] [11]


The Shatter Me series

  • Shatter Me (2011)
  • Unravel Me (2013)
  • Ignite Me (2014)
  • Restore Me (2018)
  • Defy Me (2019)
  • Imagine Me (2020)


  • Destroy Me (2012)
  • Fracture Me (2013)
  • Shadow Me (2019)
  • Reveal Me (2019)
  • Believe Me (2021)

Furthermore series

  • Furthermore (2016)
  • Whichwood (2017)


  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea (2018)
  • An Emotion of Great Delight (2021)
  • This Woven Kingdom (2022)


  • Unite Me (2014) (Compilation of Destroy Me and Fracture Me)
  • Find Me (2019) (Compilation of Shadow Me and Reveal Me)


  1. ^ a b "Tahereh Mafi Bio". Epic Readers: Your World. Your Books. HarperCollins Publishing.
  2. ^ a b c Minzesheimer, Bob (17 November 2011). "New Voices". USA Today. Academic Search Complete. p. 2d. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Not Just for Kids: Author Tahereh Mafi discusses 'Shatter Me'". LA Times. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Tahereh Mafi's dystopia in the 'Shatter Me' series". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  5. ^ "Tahereh Mafi". Tahereh Mafi: young Adult Author. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ "'Shatter Me' author Tahereh Mafi previews next project, 'Furthermore'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  7. ^ "National Book Awards 2018 – National Book Foundation". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  8. ^ a b Kellogg, Carolyn (2014-01-09). "Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi's home for bestselling authors". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  9. ^ "The Future of Books Is Experimental: At Home with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  10. ^ "birth announcement". Instagram.
  11. ^ "How Author Tahereh Mafi Made Her Family-Friendly Kitchen Her Own". Architectural Digest. August 2, 2021.

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