Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing from Simmons College. Her novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, was a New York Times bestseller, was an ABA best seller, has been optioned for a film by Greg Berlanti for HBO, was a 2018 Stonewall Honor Book, and won the New England Book Award. It was named one of the best books of 2017 by outlets from NPR to Vulture, and praised by Teen Vogue as "the queer teen historical you didn't know was missing from your life." Its sequel, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, was an instant New York Times bestseller, and the series wrapped up in 2021 with The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwreck. The series has been translated into over 20 languages. Lee is also the author of Bygone Badass Broads, a collection of short biographies of women in history, and The History of the World in 50 Dogs. She is currently finishing a series with Marvel detailing the origin stories of fan-favorite antiheroes from the MCU and comics-verse including Loki, Nebula, and Gamora. In 2020, Lee was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 media list. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the Boston Globe, Atlas Obscura, Teen Vogue, and Bust magazine, among others.