Magnus Flyte, author of the bestselling thriller The City of Dark Magic (2012) and its sequel City of Lost Dreams (2013), is a pseudonym for the writing duo of Christina Lynch and Meg Howrey. The two authors met at a writing retreat and conjured up their alias and his world. In an interview with Civilian Reader, Meg Howrey said the two initially adopted a male pseudonym to appeal to both genders, "but then our identities were made public from the beginning, so we didn’t get a chance to see if 'Magnus Flyte' would fool anyone." Meg Howrey, formerly a professional dancer, lives in Los Angeles, California and is the author of the novels The Cranes Dance and Blind Sight, and has published nonfiction articles in Vogue and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Christina Lynch also lives in California and works as a journalist and television writer, and teaches English at College of the Sequoias. Her writing also has been featured in various magazines and other publications.