Shannon Hale (b. 26 January, 1974) is an American writer of young adult and adult fiction. She has co-written two graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack.

Life and workEdit

Shannon Hale was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, the third of five children. After leaving high school, Hale began a Bachelor's degree in English and Theater. She took an 18 months' break from her studies to work as a missionary in Paraguay for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has said that the experience "was wonderful training to imagine new cultures. It was also intensely educating in humanity--people are people wherever you go." Returning to her studies, Hale completed a BA in English, and went on to gain a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. During this time she became engaged to, and married, her long-time friend and partner Dean Hale.

Her first novel, The Goose Girl, is a young adult fantasy book. It was rejected nine times before finding a publisher with Bloomsbury. Hale has subsequently written three sequels, two stand-alone novels, two adult novels, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife, and two graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. These were co-written with her husband and illustrated by artist Nate Hale.



  • The Goose Girl (2003)
  • Enna Burning (2004)
  • Princess Academy (2005)
  • River Secrets (2006)
  • Austenland (2007)
  • Book of a Thousand Days (2007)
  • The Actor and the Housewife (2009)
  • Forest Born (2009)

Graphic NovelsEdit

  • Rapunzel's Revenge (2008)
  • Calamity Jack (2010)


2003 Josette Frank Award, Goose Girl
2006 Newbery Honor, Princess Academy
2007 Whitney Award, Book of a Thousand Days