Isaac Marion was born near Seattle in 1981 and has lived in and around that city ever since. He began writing in high school and self-published three novels.
Before Warm Bodies, Marion had self-published three other novels. Warm Bodies was published by Atria Books on October 14, 2010. It received critical acclaim from publications such as The Guardian, The Seattle Times and Paste Magazine and authors Audrey Niffenegger and Stephenie Meyer. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the novel, and it has been made into the film Warm Bodies, written and directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. The movie was released on February 1, 2013. On January 28, 2013, the prequel novella to Warm Bodies called The New Hunger was published by Zola Books as an eBook. Marion has also confirmed that he is working on a sequel.
Besides writing books, Marion also writes music and has a digital album called Dead Children, which he considers a companion piece to Warm Bodies, available to download.
Marion is also a photographer and a painter. According to his Simon and Schuster biography, Marion decided "to forgo college in favor of direct experience." He began writing while still in high school, and self-published three novels before Warm Bodies.