Shannon Hale

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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
GenreYoung adult, Fantasy
Notable worksThe Goose Girl
Princess Academy
Book of a Thousand Days
SpouseDean Hale
ChildrenMax Hale

Magnolia Hale

Dinah Hale

Wren Hale

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.

Early life[edit]

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]


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 life[edit]

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]


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


  • Spirit Animals Book 4: Fire and Ice



  1. ^ a b c d e f "The Official Site of Shannon Hale". 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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