Holly BlacknéeRiggenbach (born 10 November 1971) is an American writer and editor, best known for writing The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi.
Black was born in West Long Branch, New Jersey in 1971, and during her early years her family lived in a "decrepit Victorian house."Black graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. She worked as a production editor on medical journals including The Journal of Pain while studying at Rutgers University. She considered becoming a librarian as a backup career, but writing drew her away.
She married her high school sweetheart, Theo Black, himself an accomplished illustrator and web designer, in 1999.
Black edited and contributed to the role-playing culture magazine d8 in 1996.
Her first novel, A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002. Her novella The Wrath of Mulgarath reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list in 2004.
A Modern Tale of Faerie was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, and the recipient of the 2005 Andre Norton Award.Other Novels since these include A Modern Faery's Tale, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.