Casey McQuiston

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Casey McQuiston
Casey McQuiston 2019 Texas Book Festival.jpg
Casey at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
Date of birth January 21[1]
Nationality American
Pronouns Any pronouns[1]
Gender identity nonbinary[2]
Occupation author
Known for Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston is an American author of romance novels, best known for their New York Times best-selling debut novel Red, White & Royal Blue, in which the son of America's first female president falls in love with the prince of England.[3] She is a 2020 recipient of the Alex Awards.[4]

McQuiston grew up in southern Louisiana.[5] They have a degree in journalism from Louisiana State University.[6] Prior to becoming an author, they worked in magazine publishing.[5]

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling are Casey's favorite books of all time.[7]

McQuiston is openly bisexual and queer.[3][8] They live in New York City, New York[5] with their poodle mix Pepper.[9]

Red, White & Royal Blue[edit | edit source]

Red, White & Royal Blue follows Alex, a fictionalized First Son who finds himself in a fight with Henry, an English prince, and is forced to befriend him for PR reasons, developing romantic feelings for him along the way.[10][11]

McQuiston first came up with the idea for what would become Red, White & Royal Blue while following the 2016 American presidential elections.[7] While watching a season of the HBO comedy series Veep and reading both a Hillary Clinton biography by Carl Bernstein, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, they found themself intrigued by the extravagant, high-profile lifestyle of the royals and wanted to write their own take on a story featuring a royal family.[7]

McQuiston describes Red, White & Royal Blue as a queer romcom and says that they writes queer fiction "for the same reason straight people write straight fiction," meaning that they draw from their own experiences.[7] For protagonist Alex's realization that he's bisexual, they were inspired by their own experience.[3] The character of the fictional American president Ellen Claremont in the novel was inspired by American politician Wendy Davis, whose filibuster McQuiston watched in 2013 and found themself moved by.[12]

In April 2019, Amazon Studios acquired the film rights to the novel at auction, with Ted Malawer attached as writer and Berlanti Studios as producer.[13][14]

Red, White & Royal Blue was published by St. Martin's Griffin in May 2019 and debuted on the New York Times Paper Trade Fiction bestseller list, at No. 15.[15] It was received favorably by critics, earning a starred review from Publishers Weekly,[16] Kirkus Reviews',[17] Booklist,[18] Vogue[19] and Vanity Fair.[20]

It has been published and translated in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Uruguay.[21]

Red, White & Royal Blue won the Best Debut Novel and Best Romance Novel categories in the 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, making it the only novel to win in two categories in 2019.[22][23]

One Last Stop[edit | edit source]

Their next book is One Last Stop, released June 1st, 2021. The book is "pitched as a queer Kate & Leopold, in which a 23-year-old realizes her subway crush is displaced from 1970's Brooklyn, and she must do everything in her power to help her - and try not to fall in love with the girl lost in time - before it's too late."[24]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Twitter bio, accessed June 10 2021
  2. @casey_mcquiston (29 October 2020). "nonbinary bisexuals live each day with every chaos meter turned up to eleven and for me it is sensational" – via Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston - Interview - BookPage". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  4. "2020 Alex Awards Virtual Celebration". The Hub. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-08-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 No First Families or Royals Were Harmed in the Making of This Debut Rom-Com, by | Booklist Online.
  6. "kt literary » Blog Archive » Welcome to our newest client, Casey McQuiston!". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "An exclusive interview with Casey McQuiston". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  8. Nicolaou, Elena. "What If The Prince Of England Fell In Love With The Son Of The President Of The United States?". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  9. "Casey McQuiston | Authors | Macmillan". US Macmillan. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  10. "Spring 2019 Announcements: Romance & Erotica". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  11. "Hypable staff picks: Our most anticipated fandom moments of 2019". Hypable. 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  12. "Making Politics Loving Again: PW Talks with Casey McQuiston". Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  13. Fleming, Mike Jr. (2019-04-10). "Amazon Studios, Berlanti Productions Win Casey McQuiston Novel 'Red White & Royal Blue'". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  14. Valby, Karen (July 19, 2019). "Why Have Novels About Royalty Stormed the Y.A. Best-Seller Lists?" – via
  15. "Paperback Trade Fiction Books - Best Sellers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  16. "Red, White & Royal Blue". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  17. RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston. Kirkus Reviews.
  18. Red, White & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston. Booklist.
  19. "In This Escapist Masterpiece, America Has a Woman President, and Her Son Is in Love With a Prince". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  20. "Red, White & Royal BlueIs a Romance Perfectly Tailored for Viral Success". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  21. "FAQ". CMQ. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  22. "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Debut Novel!". Goodreads. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  23. "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Romance!". Goodreads. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  24. @casey_mcquiston (3 December 2019). "THE NEWS IS OUT / ONE LAST STOP, COMING 2021". Retrieved 2020-07-01 – via Twitter.
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