|Katherine Alice Applegate|
July 19, 1956
Michael Grant (spouse),
|Behind the scenes|
K.A. Applegate is the author of the Animorphs series.
Applegate was born in Michigan in July 19, 1956. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she has moved back to southern California. She has been happily married to Michael Grant for over thirty years, and he has co-authored many of her projects including Animorphs and Everworld. Together the couple gave birth to a son named Jake in 1997, and in 2003, adopted their daughter, Julia, from China.
Following the end of Animorphs, Applegate took three years off. She is back at work and has written a picture book called The Buffalo Storm, a middle reader novel called Home of the Brave and an early chapters series Roscoe Riley Rules with Harper Collins.
- Her name was printed as "K. A. Applegate" because the publisher was afraid boys would not want to read a book written by a woman. For similar reasons, Joanne Rowling used J. K. Rowling as her nom de plume.
- She named her son Jake after the Animorphs character Jake.
- Applegate has stated "My son was born premature in April of 1997 and spent 3 weeks in Neonatal Intensive Care. ...I remember sitting in a dark, abandoned lobby at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital every night, typing away at four in the morning on Animorphs, as exhausted and worried as I could be. After that, all the books were dedicated to Michael and Jake."
- In 1998, she owned two cats: Rabbit, a sweet black Manx, and Dick, an evil foot-biting cat.