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Entering a World of Magical, Multicolored Storytelling with @maggie_stiefvater

For more haunting portraits from Maggie’s work, including her upcoming novel “Blue Lily, Lily Blue,” follow @maggie_stiefvater.

Nature, great music, high places and fire: these are among the inspirations Maggie Stiefvater (@maggie_stiefvater) draws upon in and around her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Though best known as the author of popular young adult books like the Shiver series, Maggie uses Instagram to showcase her talents as a visual artist. Her feed is filled with illustrations and paintings of colorful, otherworldly faces, many of which are familiar characters from her fantasy novels.

“I like to write and draw the same things that I like to read: the everyday world with magic and adventure slyly hidden in the corners,” she says. “My stories are like melodies, and writing, art and music are my instruments. Sometimes it’s obvious which instrument the tune will sound best on, but sometimes I have to try it across all three to figure it out. So I draw my characters, compose music for scenes playing in my head and write stories for paintings that I complete in the small hours of the morning.”

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