Book bio

M.J Scott is an unrepentant bookworm. Luckily she grew up in a family that fed her a properly varied diet of books and these days is surrounded by people who are understanding of her story addiction. When not wrestling one of her own stories to the ground, she can generally be found reading someone else’s. Her other distractions include yarn, cat butlering, dark chocolate and fabric. She lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is She also writes contemporary romance as Melanie Scott (

At a glance

  • M.J. Scott’s debut dark fantasy novel, Shadow Kin,  the first in the Half-Light City quadrology, was released by Roc (Penguin Group USA) on September 6 2011. The second book, Blood Kin was released on June 5 2012. The third book, Iron Kin was released on April 2 2013. The final book, Fire Kin was released in May 2014. The Shattered Court, the first book in her new series came out in April 2015. It’s sequel, The Forbidden Heir will be published in 2017.
  • The Shattered Court was nominated in the Best Paranormal Romance category of the Romance Writers of America’s 2016 RITA awards.
  • M.J. Scott has won a number of awards for her work including the Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and Valerie Parv Award and the Romance Writers of New Zealand’s Clendon Award. She has finalled twice in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award and won and finalled in a number of other writing contests. All four books in the Half-Light City series have been finalists in the Australian Romance Readers Association awards. In January 2014, she released an urban fantasy, The Wolf Within, the first book in The Wild Side trilogy, followed by The Dark Side in October 2014.
  • Shadow Kin won praise from three New York Times bestselling authors.
  • Publisher’s Weekly called Fire Kin “Entertaining…Scott’s dramatic story will satisfy both fans and new readers”.
  • A lifelong lover of both romance and fantasy, her dark fantasy novels combine lush and sensuous worldbuilding and engaging characters. Scott’s urban fantasy-like  voice in an historical, alternate world settings provides a fresh twist to the genre.
  • M.J. Scott also writes contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press as Emma Douglas and Melanie Scott.

Editor and agent information

Editor:  Half-Light City and The Shattered Court: Jessica Wade, Roc

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Penguin Random House USA

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Agent:  Miriam Kriss

Irene Goodman Literary Agency
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All rights enquiries for books other than Roc books should be directed to Miriam.