Shannon Messenger (YA)

“I'm hoping that will mean we'll all understand it and accept that whoever it is, it's who she truly wants, but if not--blame Sophie. I'm just the messenger. (ohhhhh, see what I did there??????) :)”

—Shannon Messenger, in a goodreads question

Biography Edit

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats.

Note: Pre-divorce, the last sentence of her biography was "She lives in Southern California with her husband, Miles, and an embarrassing number of cats."

Other Edit

She absolutely loves cupcakes, and was inspired by Legolas (from J.R.R. Tolkien's works) and the X-Men. Her series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as of 2012 is now a New York Times Bestseller.

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Parallels between Shannon Messenger and Keeper Edit

  • Sophie is similar to Shannon Messenger in several ways.
    • Sophie's nervous habit of pulling out her eyelashes is the same as Shannon's.
    • Sophie looks similar to her. (Blonde hair, fair, brown eyes, etc.)
    • In an interview about Book 5: Lodestar, Shannon said that Sophie was the version of herself that she wished she could be.
  • Shannon Messenger owns a stuffed animal identical to Ella in name and appearance.
  • She had a cat named Marty.

Trivia Edit

  • Shannon Messenger is a Ravenclaw and her Patronus is an otter.

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