~ YALLFest Spotlight: Shannon Hale ~

Here at Owl Always Be Reading, we are so excited to be able to host interviews for authors that will be going to YALLFest, which we will be attending for the very first time this coming November 9th, 2013 in Charleston, SC. 

Today we have the honor of sharing with you an interview with Shannon Hale. Check back with us soon for more authors interviews. Now, lets see what Ms. Hale had to say. Enjoy!

~ About the Author ~
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New York Times best selling author Shannon Hale started writing books at age ten and never stopped, eventually earning an MFA in Creative Writing. After nineteen years of writing and dozens of rejections, she published The Goose Girl, the first book in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. Book of a Thousand Days, a standalone novel for young readers, is a Cybils award winner. Princess Academy won a Newbery Honor and is followed by best seller Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and an upcoming third book in the series. Her books for the adult crowd are Austenland (now a major motion picture), Midnight in Austenland, and The Actor and the Housewife. With her husband Dean, Shannon wrote two graphic novels: Rapunzel's Revenge, winner of the Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award, and its acclaimed sequel, Calamity Jack. Her latest, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, will publish October 2013. Shannon's books have been translated into many languages and studied in classrooms from elementary schools to universities. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom to four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.

~ Author Interview ~
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1. Describe your book in 5 words

 Boarding school for children of famous fairytales

2. Best writing tip you ever received?

 People remember a story for its characters.

3. What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. It’s smart, engaging, and 

discusses so many things I was struggling with.

4. Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

 I have 4 kids (including identical girl toddler twins). My husband likes to wear masks and hide 

around the house to scare me. I like to read while lying on my belly. I love the sky. I’m not a very good 


5. What are you working on now?

 The third Princess Academy book.

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