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October 25, 2008



That is SO dang exciting! Wow, it takes my breath away. You really deserve all those honors though, being so fawesome and all.

And two more books soon! Well, there's Calamity Jack as well... I have been feeling awful Shannon deprived as of late. I own all your books except River Secrets, and I've read them all, so I am just jazzed about new ones!!! Best of luck, chum! My heart goes with you. Like, seriously.


Can we just stick an extra day in the week designed for writing? For moms it should come with instant, no guilt allowed babysitting, and I need it to be a no studying or housework allowed sort of day. What do you say, should we all petition?

Rebecca Joy

Yay for the awards! *happy dance* :)


congrats on the awards!

i'm really looking forward to when forest born is out, do you have any idea when the book will be buyable in the uk?

Christine H.

Oh YAY! I'm so happy you'll be at Bookpeople---I will definitely be there!


I can't wait for the Texas Book Festival - it's one of the biggest perks of living in Austin.


Thanks for all your hard work, Shannon! And congrats on winning! That's wonderful :) I'm really excited to read your new books (and yeah, I'll be honest, I'm more like "I wish there was a midnight release party kind of excited" for FB :D)


awwww man! I'm starting to wish I lived in Texas! Don't worry Shannon, when this is done, you can sit back and relax. Can't wait for Forest Born!


I had to write and say how impressed I am with your books. Yes, they are GREAT stories, but even more I love the lessons they teach, especially that we each have special gifts and talents and that we need to seek them out through our experience and learning. I've read all but one so far, and have started reading them to my kids (including my 11 and 10 year old boys). I love finding new reading material we can read and enjoy as a family, and yours definitely fit the bill. THANKS!


Good luck.

Try to relax...if possible. Pressure always makes it worse.


Wooot! And I'm coming to the Texas Book Festival. SO excited. I'm gonna have like 10 million books for you to sign, so be prepared. Lol.


Hey Shannon! I'm a big fan of yours and (judging by a lot of your blog posts that I've read) I think you'd love the little-known Fairy Tale Novel series by Regina Doman, check it out at


Congratulations on the awards! Good luck with your current projects- I hope they're not being too difficult.


I'm so glad I'm not the only one to get in "those situations"...not that I have two books to finish HA! But even making time to write every day can sometimes be a challenge for me (and yes, having four little girls does add to that challenge a wee little bit)!


Wherein my favorite Shannon Hale novel is revealed to be Austenland. Again.

You're coming to Austin?! I live in Austin. Yay! If I come see you, can I get a picture with you? I really want to meet the girl who kept me up one night laughing out loud with ex-boyfriend stories. Even if not all of them were real. Even if none of them were real. The timing was real and perfect and, as a fellow Firth ex-obsesser, I need a photo for my non-existent scrapbook.

Here's to hoping I get lucky!

p.s. Stress-filled deadlines suck. So sorry.


I should have said *especially* if none of them were real.

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