Here is the first post in a series I'm doing as a count down to the newest Cassandra Clare book "City of Lost Souls" the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series. I started reading Ms. Clare's books about a year and a half ago, and I am addicted. The Mortal Instruments series is my favorite, Jace and Clary are so real to me - I'm very attached to them and when Cassandra Clare writes something awful (like at the end of the first book), I nearly die.
Before writing her first novel, City of Bones, she wrote for tabloids (!!) and then a short story called "A Girls Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord".
The best places to check out Cassandra Clare (and she posts lots of extras about the books if you are interested) are ::