Author Profile

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Serafina series published by Disney Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 59 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a  Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews, which said, "Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." Enjoyed by both young readers and adults, the books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the Serafina series comes out in July 2017.

Robert Beatty lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Robert was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.

"Robert Beatty has been a wonderful speaker at the NC Reading Conference for the past two years! The first year he spoke, teachers raved about him and asked us to have him back again. He was just as popular this year. His events are always well attended, and he is a personable and knowledgeable speaker! We hope he will continue to speak at our conference for years to come."
-- Jean House, NCRA Executive Assistant & Conference Planner

"The excitement that ensued once I began promoting Robert Beatty?s visit to Bowling Green carried us through weeks of book giveaways, discussions, school visits, and even a special dinner for a group of very excited middle school students, librarians, and English teachers. Not only was he gracious with his time, speaking to every single fan that came to the events we hosted, he was patient and willing to work his way through a very busy few days. He visited multiple schools in the area, even offering to do a Google Hangout with a school across town. He signed every book presented to him, took pictures with fans, and even sent enough swag that we were able to put together over 100 bags of goodies to give to fans. At his reading and presentation, we filled the room to capacity, and he stayed until he personally spoke with and signed books for every single fan at his table. This was our most successful Community Reads program to date, and we couldn?t have been more satisfied with hosting Mr. Beatty. We hope he?ll visit again!"
-- Sara Volpi, Southern Kentucky Book Fest

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