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Shannon Hale (née Shannon Bryner;[1] born January 26, 1974 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is an American author primarily of young adult fantasy, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, She has also co-written with her husband, Dean.

Shannon Hale
Hale and her husband Dean at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Hale and her husband Dean at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
BornShannon Bryner
(1974-01-26) January 26, 1974 (age 45)
Salt Lake City, Utah
OccupationNovelist
NationalityAmerican
Period2003-present
GenreYoung adult, Fantasy
Notable worksThe Goose Girl
Princess Academy
Book of a Thousand Days
SpouseDean Hale
ChildrenMax Hale

Magnolia Hale

Dinah Hale

Wren Hale
Website
squeetus.com

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Early lifeEdit

Hale[2] was born in Salt Lake City, where she attended elementary school.[citation needed] She had two older sisters and a younger sister and brother,[1] and began writing at the age of 10.[3] In junior high, Hale participated on the school literary magazine.[1] She attended West High School, where she cultivated passions for English and drama.[1]

Hale earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah[4] and a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.[citation needed] She took an 18-month hiatus while in college to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay.[1]

CareerEdit

Before writing professionally, Hale wrote while pursuing acting in television, stage, and improvisational comedy, as well as studying in Mexico and the United Kingdom. She spent a year and a half as an unpaid missionary in Paraguay, then returned to the United States to earn her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a master's in creative writing from the University of Montana. Hale also worked as an instructional designer, developing web-based training for Avaltus and Allen Communication before becoming a full-time writer.[citation needed]

Her first published book, The Goose Girl, met with numerous rejections until it was finally published in 2003.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Hale is married to Dean C. Hale, with whom she has co-authored the Eisner-nominee graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, as well as The Princess in Black.[5][6] She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[7], and is the mother of 4 children.[1]

WorksEdit

The Books of Bayern series

  • The Goose Girl (2003), ISBN 1-58234-843-X
  • Enna Burning (2004), ISBN 1-58234-889-8
  • River Secrets (2006), ISBN 1-58234-901-0
  • Forest Born (2009), ISBN 1-59990-167-6

Princess Academy series

Austenland series

Rapunzel's Revenge series
Co-authored with Dean Hale, and illustrated by Nathan Hale

Ever After High series

Princess in Black series
Co-authored with Dean Hale, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series
Co-authored with Dean Hale

Real Friends series

Graphic memoirs illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Standalone novels

Other

  • Spirit Animals Book 4: Fire and Ice

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Official Site of Shannon Hale". www.squeetus.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-04. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  2. ^ "Author Profile - Shannon Hale". Utah Children's Writers and Illustrators Newsletter. Utah Children's Writers and Illustrators. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  3. ^ a b Walquist, Tammy (2007-07-06). "Author's tales: Writers recount struggle to get published". Deseret Morning News. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  4. ^ "Alumni Post-it Notes". U-News & Views. University of Utah Alumni Association. April 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  5. ^ Lythgoe, Dennis (July 8, 2007). "Life is hectic for novelist". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  6. ^ "Biography". Shannon Hale. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  7. ^ Lehnardt, Michelle (June 13, 2009). "Writer's challenge: infusing religion". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  8. ^ "Past Award Winners (1943-2006)". The Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  9. ^ "2006 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". American Library Association. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2007-05-09.
  10. ^ "First Annual Whitney Awards Highlights". Meridian Magazine. 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-04-17.

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