Shannon Hale

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Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale and her husband Dean at the 2016 Texas Book Festival.
Shannon Hale and her husband Dean at the 2016 Texas Book Festival.
Born Shannon Bryner
(1974-01-26) January 26, 1974 (age 44)
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 (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]

Shannon Bryner[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] She began writing at the age of 10.[3] In junior high, she participated on the school literary magazine.[1] She attended West High School, where she cultivated passions for English and drama.[1]

She 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, 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.[citation needed]

Her first published book, The Goose Girl, met with numerous rejections until it was finally published in 2003.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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.[5] She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6]


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 in Black series
Co-authored with Dean Hale, and illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series
Co-authored with Dean Hale

Standalone novels


  • Spirit Animals Book 4: Fire and Ice
  • Real Friends



  1. ^ a b c d e "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. ^ Lehnardt, Michelle (June 13, 2009). "Writer's challenge: infusing religion". Deseret News. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "2006 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". American Library Association. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  9. ^ "First Annual Whitney Awards Highlights". Meridian Magazine. 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 

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