Shannon Hale

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Shannon Hale
Born Shannon Bryner
(1974-01-26) January 26, 1974 (age 45)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2003-present
Genre Young adult, Fantasy
Notable works The Goose Girl
Princess Academy
Book of a Thousand Days
Spouse Dean Hale
Children 4

Shannon Hale (born January 26, 1974) is an American author of young adult fantasy and adult fiction, including the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern series, two adult novels, and two graphic novels that she co-wrote with her husband.

Early life

Shannon Bryner[1] was born in Salt Lake City, where she attended elementary school.[citation needed] She began writing at the age of 10.[2] She attended West High School. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Utah[3] and a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.[citation needed]


Before writing professionally, she 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.

Her first published book, The Goose Girl, met with numerous rejections until it was finally published in 2003.[2] In 2004 her second novel, Enna Burning, which follows Enna, a minor character from The Goose Girl, was published. The third installment in the Bayern series, River Secrets, was released in September 2006, followed by a fourth book, Forest Born, in 2009. By the time River Secrets was released, Hale had earned numerous awards for her 2005 release, Princess Academy, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. A sequel to Princess Academy came out in 2012, subtitled Palace of Stone, followed by a third book, The Forgotten Sisters, in 2015.

She has published three adult novels, Austenland, The Actor and the Housewife and Midnight in Austenland (a sequel to Austenland). She and her husband Dean Hale have also published a graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge, with its sequel, entitled Calamity Jack, published in 2010.

Personal life

Shannon has four children with husband Dean Hale: son Max (b. 2003), daughter Magnolia (b. 2006), and twin girls Dinah and Wren (b. 2010). The family resides in South Jordan, Utah.[4] She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5]


The Books of Bayern series

Princess Academy series

Austenland series

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

Ever After High series

Princess Magnolia series
Co-authored with Dean Hale, and illustrated by LeUYEN PHAM

Standalone novels


  • Spirit Animals Book 4: Fire and Ice



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  3. "Alumni Post-it Notes". U-News & Views. University of Utah Alumni Association. April 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Lythgoe, Dennis (July 8, 2007). "Life is hectic for novelist". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-04-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Lehnardt, Michelle (June 13, 2009). "Writer's challenge: infusing religion". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-04-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Past Award Winners (1943-2006)". The Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education. Retrieved 2008-02-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "2006 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". American Library Association. 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "First Annual Whitney Awards Highlights". Meridian Magazine. 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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