After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Margarita Montimore worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She's blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and XOJane.com. When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. Born in Soviet Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and dog.

Margarita writes upmarket fiction that tends to be left of center and flirt with multiple genres. She loves all things dark, strange, and surreal, but is also optimistic—verging on quixotic—and a pop culture geek, so her work tends to incorporate all those elements to varying degrees.


In 2018, she self-published Asleep from Day. Her proper debut, Oona Out of Order, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books on February 25, 2020 and from Gollancz in the UK/Commonwealth on 5 March, 2020 as The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart.

Margarita is represented by Philippa Sitters at David Godwin Associates.

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