Francesca Lia Block is an American writer of adult and youngadult literature fiction, short stories, screenplays and poetry. She is known best for the Weetzie Bat series named after its first installment and her first novel, which she wrote while a UC Berkeley student, Weetzie Bat . She is known for her use of imagery, especially in describing the city of Los Angeles. One New York Times Book Review critic said, Block writes about the real Los Angeles better than anyone since Raymond Chandler. She won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2005 for her contribution in writing for teens.
Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales. She left her birth city only to attend the UC Berkeley. She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a jasminescented, jacarandapurple, neon sparked city, which she has nicknamed in her books ShangriLA. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina , her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper.