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 in her award-winning Books of Bayern series. She has published 20+ books for young readers including the Newbery Honor winner Princess Academy and its two sequels, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, the first four Ever After High books, and graphic novel memoir Real Friends. Her novels for the adult crowd include Austenland (now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell). Shannon and her husband Dean Hale have collaborated on several projects, such as Eisner-nominee Rapunzel's Revenge; early chapter book series The Princess in Black; a novel about the unbeatable Marvel superhero, Squirrel Girl; and the first ever meeting between Ever After High and Monster High: The Legend of Shadow High. They spend non-writing hours corralling their four young children near Salt Lake City, Utah.