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)
- 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