Marie August has been encouraged to pursue her dream of writing fiction since middle school by her mother, Kate McMurry, a writer and English teacher. Marie has also been interested in art her whole life and completed a BA in Arts and Visual Technology with a concentration in Drawing from George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia. Marie graduated in 2005, shortly after her 20th birthday.

Marie and Kate have written as a team since 2006 (though their first collaboration was a short story based on the Medusa myth in 1996, when Marie was 11). Their first novel, Girl vs Ghost, a young adult, humorous, contemporary fantasy, is scheduled for release in May, 2011. Girl vs Ghost is the first book in a trilogy. Book 2 and Book 3 will be released in 2012.