Christy Marx (1952- ) is an American screenwriter, author, narrative writer, and game designer. She is best known for her work on various television series (including Jem, G.I. Joe, and Hypernauts), comic books, and computer adventure games.
Marx’s creative career spans several decades and originally stemmed from her obsession with comic books. She grew up in Danville, Illinois, devouring comic books until her parents prevented her from reading these publications due to the perceived bad influence of comics on juveniles during the 1950s; instead, Marx learned to draw her own comic books. After graduating high school, Marx moved to Los Angeles but initially worked in medical insurance instead of the creative fields she aspired to join. Marx began taking night classes on screenplay writing, hoping to break into writing comics, and she became a member of the Comic Art Professional Society. Marx got her first big break when she pitched Marvel Comics a story for Savage Sword of Conan. She soon wrote for animated and live action television programs. Marx then landed a role as head writer and developer of Jem and the Holograms, a popular 1980s animated series (and subsequent toy line). Marx also collaborated with fellow sci-fi lover Katherine Lawrence on several shows, including Mighty Max.
Marx’s first job in games was at Sierra On-Line in Oakhurst, California; she and her husband, Peter Ledger, were hired as a writer/designer team in 1988. Employing her passion for fantasy and strong female characters, Marx wrote and designed Arthurian legend Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail (1990) and Robin Hood story Conquests of the Longbow (1991). She won four game design awards for her adventure games. Marx left Sierra in 1998 to pursue other writing positions, and she freelanced for more than a decade. After joining Zynga in 2010 as Principal Game Designer and Narrative Director, she incorporated creative stories into social games such as CastleVille Legends and FarmVille: Tropic Escape.
As of 2018, Marx continues to work as a freelance writer and narrative designer.