Armistead Maupin is an American writer, best known for his Tales of the City series of novels, set in San Francisco.
Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., to Diana Jane (Barton) and Armistead Jones Maupin. Soon afterwards, his family moved to North Carolina, where he was raised. He says he has had storytelling instincts since he was eight years old.
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became involved in journalism through writing for The Daily Tar Heel. After earning his undergraduate degree, Maupin enrolled in law school but later dropped out.