Hiya, Shannon! I’m so excited to have teamed up with you for the #MGGetsReal campaign—to highlight books with tough topics for “real” kids. I can’t express how important it is for people to be able to find themselves within the pages of a book, especially kids who can be so self-conscious during their pre-teen and teen years.

And thanks for joining me for this Five in Five. I’m a huge fan of your books Ruby Lee & Me, as well as The Ballad of Jessie Pearl. What can I say? I’m a sucker for historical fiction and perfect execution of story. My readers and I are excited to learn more about you, so let’s get started. Quick and fun. Ready?


  1. What made you decide to become an author and what’s your favorite thing about it?

I’ve always wanted to write a book—always, as far back as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I became a mom and started reading children’s books to my son that I seriously pursued publication. My favorite thing about being an author is the easy part. I love holding a published book in my hands and seeing my name on the cover. Writing a book is like creating magic out of thin air.

  1. What book have you read (not your own) that touched you in some unexpected way?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. That book just makes you want to be a better human being.


  1. If you could pick one famous person (author or otherwise) to be college roommates with, who would you select and why?

Sara Pennypacker. I have a hunch she’s as much fun as her character, Clementine.


  1. Tell me something random about yourself that readers might like to know.

I had a pony named Spot when I was growing up. I used to ride him all over my grandparents’ hundred-acre farm.


  1. If you could tag one other author for this Five in Five, who would it be and what would you want me to ask them?

Joyce Hostetter. I’d ask her how her book Blue evolved into a series.

Shannon H for TSGreat answers, and here’s to hoping Joyce will pop on over and answer your question. I’m sure many readers would love to know. Thanks for being here, Shannon and congratulations on all the accolades for both novels!

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