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Mette Ivie Harrison is the critically acclaimed author of 8 YA books, including Mira, Mirror and The Princess and the Hound series.
In 2014, she published her first adult novel, a mystery entitled The Bishop's Wife, about a Mormon bishop's wife who is drawn into solving
crime when a young wife and mother in her ward goes missing. His Right Hand, book 2 of that series, is about a transgender ward member who is found
dead in the church building. Book 3, For Time and All Eternities, is about an independent polygamous group where Linda is called to investigate a murder.
Book 4, Not of This Fold, is about an undocumented immigrant who attends the local "Spanish" ward and is found murdered. She has also started
publishing with the new Mormon Press, By Common Consent. You can read her "The Book of Laman" and the first in a paranormal mystery series titled
"Vampires In the Temple" with them. From 2015-2017,
Mette wrote about faith and Mormonism at Huffington Post. You can sometimes find her now
at Religious News Service or By Common Consent.
Mette holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University and is an All-American triathlete. She lives in Utah
with her husband and five living children. She has been a life-long Mormon, although her current relationship to the church has become "complicated."
Mette Ivie Harrison (first name pronounced to rhyme with "Betty") grew up in an old, two hundred year old farmhouse in central New Jersey in a devout Mormon
family of 11 children, a dog, a pony, and lots of chickens.
She moved to the more suburban Utah city of Provo at age 10, where her father taught Computer Science at BYU. Mette spent nearly a year in
elementary school after that move disguised as a boy because she preferred male clothing and activities and her name transferred as “Eddie” on
In high school, Mette was named "First Place Scripture Chase Champion" for
several years running in her seminary class. In 1985, she spent a year in high school at a German Gymnasium after taking several years of junior
high and high school German. In 1988, Mette was one of 12 young women (and 12 young men) to receive the "Ezra Taft Benson Scholarship," the highest
award for scholarship and citizenship within the Mormon community, to Brigham Young University.
Mette was able to graduate from Brigham Young University in 1990, at age 19, earning a B.A. and M.A. in German Literature only two
years after high school graduation. She received a perfect score on the verbal portion of the GRE and received a full scholarship to Princeton University.
In 1995, she received a PhD from Princeton University in
Germanic Languages and Literatures with a dissertation on the female Bildungsroman of the 18th century.
Mette met her husband, Matt, on the high school swim team, and never dated anyone else seriously. Matt went on a mission to Haiti from
1988-1990, and shortly after he returned in April 1990, they were married in December of 1990. Matt studied physics at Rutgers University and now works
as a systems engineer with Moore Good Ideas.
In 1994, Mette had the couple’s first child, and went on to have 4 other children from 1994 to 2002. She quit her work as an adjunct professor
at Brigham Young University in 1997 to spend more time with her children and work on her fiction writing career. Two years later, in 1999, she sold her first
young adult novel, The Monster In Me, about a young teen girl who is fostered by a Mormon family in Heber, Utah.
Mette has since published 7 young adult novels, including the award-winning Mira, Mirror, and the critically acclaimed The Princess
and the Hound series. She has also published Ironmom, a memoir about the loss of her sixth child in 2005, and the subsequent training for an
Ironman competition which brought her some semblance of sanity. Since 2006, Mette has completed 8 full Ironman competitions, has been an All American triathlete,
and is currently ranked in the top 3 for her age group in Utah. Her husband and children often frequently compete in marathons or triathlons, as well.
Mette enjoys knitting,
crocheting, and quilting in her spare time, as well as baking. She is nowhere near the cook that Linda Wallheim is, but she is a fair hand at
brownies, cookies, and homemade caramel candy. Her oldest daughter Hope served a Mormon mission in Texas and graduated from MIT in June of 2018.
Her second daughter Sage finished a degree in Music Education at Berklee College of Music in May, 2016 and works as a music teacher at a private school
in Utah. Sage married Mike Palica in December of 2017, which is where the latest family photo is from. Mette's oldest son Sam is finishing his senior year in
Computer Science at Boston University. Her youngest daughter Faith graduated as a National Merit scholar in 2017
and received a full scholarship to the University of Oklahomam where she is studying Political Science and Pre-law and is expected to graduate in 2019, following
in her mother's footsteps of zipping through college. Her youngest son Zach (who is also the biggest)
is a brilliant mathematician and lives at home, where he is a junior in high school.
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